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Safari tips: What to pack for your African safari

Torch, sunglasses, hat, scarf, binoculars, items to take on safari

So, what exactly should you take on safari? The rule of thumb is to pack light, and to make use of the laundry facilities at your lodges and hotels. That said, there are some essentials that you should never be without.

After many years of exploring every nook and cranny of Africa, our travel team has drilled down their list of essentials to the following:

• Good quality sunglasses – preferably polarised

• Light scarf – for hot and cold weather

• Sun hat or cap

• Golf-shirts, T-shirts and long-sleeved cotton shirts – neutral colours such as brown, tan, khaki, green, etc.

• Shorts/skirts

• Long trousers/slacks

• More formal attire for your stay at prestigious city hotels or on one of the luxury trains

• Underwear and socks. Sports bra recommended on game drives as the roads can be bumpy and uneven.

• Good walking shoes (running/tennis shoes are fine)

• Sandals

• Swimming costume

• Warm anorak or parka, scarf & gloves (it can get cold at night and in the early morning)

• Light rain gear for the rainy months

• Camera and video equipment, memory cards and spare batteries

• If you wear contact lenses, we recommend that you bring along a pair of glasses in case your eyes get irritated by the dust

• Binoculars (night vision binoculars are not essential but highly recommended if your safari includes night activities)

• Relevant bird book or app if you are a keen birder

• Personal toiletries

• Malaria tablets (if applicable)

• Moisturising cream and suntan lotion

• Insect repellent e.g. Tabard, Peaceful Sleep, Rid, Jungle Juice, etc.

• Basic medical kit (aspirins, plasters, Imodium, antiseptic cream and anti-histamine cream, etc.)

• Tissues/”Wet Wipes”

• Visas, tickets, passports, money and important documents

• Waterproof/dust-proof bags/cover for your cameras

• A good torch and spare batteries

• Padlocks for your luggage during international and regional flights

• Mobile phone

• Torch and reading head-lamp



Travel in Africa is about knowing when and where to go, and with whom. A few weeks too early / late and a few kilometres off course and you could miss the greatest show on Earth. And wouldn’t that be a pity? Contact an Africa Geographic safari consultant to plan your dream vacation.


The Africa Geographic team flies with Airlink, who offer multi-destination flight options across southern Africa and a convenient Lodge Link program, direct to popular lodges in the greater Kruger National Park and beyond.


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  • Joan Allin

    Ponchos provided by camps are fine for the upper part of the body but, after years of getting my bum wet in the rainy season, I now take rain pants.

  • Anthony Sladden

    I have been on, a number of safaris, and after my first safari, I found the most overlooked item, is a face mask, or a dust mask, is a necessity..For photographic gear, even though a good zoom lens, with a range of 18-300 is adequate, if you really want to capture good bird images, a 400MM, with a converter 1.5 or 2x will serve you well, or a zoom with a range, of up to 600MM, is great.

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