What to pack
You will only require a small amount of luggage on any safari in Africa, as your laundry can be washed in most of the camps and lodges (and this is often included in the cost of your holiday). If you are travelling on light aircraft during your holiday you must use a soft bag rather than a hard suitcase, as your luggage will need to fit into small spaces around the plane.
During your safari you will require light casual clothing for days in the National Parks (t-shirts and shorts) and we recommend trousers and long-sleeved shirts (or equivalent for ladies), as it helps protect from sunburn during the day and mosquitoes in the evening. Smart casual evening clothes are required in the majority of lodges and camps. Many National Parks and game reserves are at high altitude and during the winter months, despite hot sunny days, it can get very cold at night and on early morning game drives, so remember to pack a fleece or sweater.
Bright colours and white are not recommended and army camouflage uniform and hats are FORBIDDEN.
What to pack
- Comfortable walking boots or shoes (trainers are fine) - avoid white/pale colours
- Flip flops/sandals or similar
- At least 2 set of clothing for safari including:
- Shorts/skirts or trousers (trousers that zip off into shorts are ideal)
- Long/short sleeved shirt, t-shirt or polo shirt in neutral colours (green, khaki, beige)
- Wide-brimmed hat
- Sweaters/fleece for cold early morning game drives and evenings in camp
- Light rain gear for the rainy season
- 1-2 long-sleeved shirts for evenings in the lodge (protect from mosquitoes)
- 1-2 pairs of long trousers for evenings in the lodge
- 1-2 casual evening outfits for ladies
- Underwear and socks
- Women - a sports bra for bumpy game drives!
Other items to remember:
- Visas, tickets, passports, money etc
- Motion sickness pills
- Sunglasses - good quality and providing good UV protection. Tinted fashion glasses are not good in strong light.
- Wash kit - lodges/camps will provide fresh towels and many provide shampoo, body lotion, soap and insect repellent
- Wet shave razor
- Sun cream
- After-sun moisturising cream
- Anti-histamine cream
- A small personal medicine kit (please take advice from your doctor)
- Penknife (not to be kept in your hand luggage!)
- A good camera and plenty of film (if available, it is expensive in Africa) or memory cards
- BINOCULARS - ESSENTIAL (ideally one pair per person)
- Torch with spare batteries and spare bulb as these are often unobtainable
- Insect repellent
- Spare pair of prescription glasses, due to dust and dryness problems can be experienced by contact lens wearers
- Converter plug set
- Re-charging pack for camera batteries/mobile phones