On this page, you will find general information about clothing and equipment as well as a packing list for your safari.
You can also read our detailed travel guides and find information about the journey to all our destinations by clicking the links below. On each page, you will find more information about specific countries and destinations, i.e. about vaccinations, currency, tips, packing lists and much more besides.
Equipment & gear for safari
A whole host of experiences await you on your safari, and two things can help make it even better: a camera and a pair of binoculars.
If you want to bring pictures of your holiday home with you, you should definitely bring your camera. Remember to bring a camera that takes pictures of a quality commensurate with the experience.
- Familiarise yourself with your camera well before departure to ensure you get the best pictures.
- Remember extra memory cards and batteries.
You are definitely going to take more pictures than you think.
- Dust bag/case/bag or the like to protect your camera from dust
Remember a good pair of binoculars to allow you to see the animals that are some distance away from the car.
A good pair of binoculars is guaranteed to make the experience even bigger.
Best outfit for safari
There is no specific safari dress code. And you don’t necessarily have to look like a guide from a National Geographic nature programme.
However, the right clothing (and equipment) can make the all the difference when you are on safari.
- Avoid clothing with very bright/strong & dark colours
Dark colours can attract flies and insects, and bright colours can scare some animals unnecessarily. We recommend that you bring light/neutral clothing (not black or white) with you to help you blend into the landscape.
- Clothes for different temperatures
Depending on the destination, temperatures may fluctuate from cold evenings/mornings to very hot days. So it’s a good idea to have clothes with you that you can wear in several layers.
- Clothes that protect you from sun and mosquitoes
When the sun goes down, the mosquitoes come out – in their droves. Be sure to bring light clothing with you that covers your feet, legs and arms. The same clothes can also be worn to protect you from the sun during the day.
- Bring cotton clothing
Cotton is the most comfortable material in the heat
- Remember a hat and sunglasses
The sun is fierce, and sunscreen is not always enough protection from the sun. So, it is important to protect yourself with a hat with a brim/sun visor and sunglasses
Below is list of items that are good to have with you on your safari.
You will find specific packing lists for several of the countries concerned under practical information. Our destinations are different, so our packing list recommendations may vary. This is especially true if, for example, you will be climbing Kilimanjaro or going gorilla tracking in Uganda.
Things to pack in your hand luggage
Be sure to have the most essential items in your hand luggage. If the worst happens and your luggage is delayed, it is important to have the essentials.
- Passport (valid and with visa)
- Money, tickets and any other valuables
- Vaccination papers
- Copies of personal papers in your own and your travelling companion’s suitcase.
This might include passports, visas, airline tickets, insurance papers, vaccination cards, driving licences, etc.
- List of phone numbers to cancel lost payment cards, for example, or for contacting your insurance company, etc. (if things don’t go quite to plan)
- Zobile phone and perhaps a laptop (remember your charger and power bank)
Bring a USB flash drive to back up your photos.
- Camera, including plenty of memory cards and possibly an extra battery
Remember a bag and a cleaning kit to protect your camera from dust
- Essential medicines
- Over-the-counter medicines, such as headache tablets, allergy pills, anti-diarrhoea tablets and malaria pills
- A zip-up bag containing your liquids*, e.g. travel-size toothpaste, travel-size deodorant, extra contact lenses and disinfectant, etc.
- Bag or money belt with good, zippable inner pockets
- Notebook/diary and pens
- A good book for the flight
- A change of clothes
- You might also like to bring a sleeping mask and travel cushion to make it easier to sleep on the plane
*Please note that liquids in your hand luggage must be in containers of max. 100 ml. You may not carry more than can be in a bag of a volume of 1 litre.
Packing list for checked baggage
- Light/neutral (cotton) summer clothes for safaris
Short/long sleeved T-shirts, tops, shorts and long trousers
- Slightly smarter clothes for the evenings at the lodge or hotel
- Cotton socks
- Windcheater or the like for chilly mornings/evenings
- Lightweight rain jacket
- Sun hat with brim
- Running clothes (if you’re a runner)
- Summer footwear such as trainers or sandals
- Walking shoes/boots if you have planned a walking safari or long hikes
- Flip flops or the like for relaxation or if you are going on a beach holiday
- Running shoes (if you’re a runner)
- Toothbrush and toothpaste
- Contact lenses/glasses
- Mosquito repellent (preventive and anti-itch)
- Sun cream
- Lip balm
- Nail clippers and file
- Small first aid kit containing plasters, malaria pills, anti-diarrhoea tablets, etc.
Technical devices, etc.
- Power strip with 3–4 sockets
Then you need only bring one adapter
- Pocket knife
- Small torch and extra batteries
- Extra zip-up bags
Tips for packing your bags
Africasafari.co.uk uses several airlines to fly our guests to our destinations. So, please be aware of the rules of the airline(s) you are travelling with regarding the weight of checked baggage and hand luggage. In many places, it is possible (and cheap) to have your clothes laundered, so travel light!
If you are travelling as a couple or a group, we recommend packing in such a way that you can manage if one suitcase is delayed. Suitcases do sometimes get delayed, and it is nice to have a fresh set of clothes, etc. in your travel companion’s suitcase if this happens.