What to take on Safari
Clever packing can make your safari holiday much smoother
Packing for your safari holiday can seem daunting, so we’ve provided some handy tips to help you out. Firstly, your bag mustn’t be over 15kgs and must be a soft hold-all. Any excess baggage can be stored. Colour is important on safari, all your clothing should preferably be neutral colours: khaki, olive etc. Avoid white, bright colours, dark colours and black. Camouflage is also a no-go. Also make sure you take and drink plenty of water whilst on safari.
Tilting the brim of your safari hat to shield your eyes from the sun you scan the horizon, a hint of movement brings your binoculars to your eyes, the long grass waves, betraying something’s presence, and the vehicle moves in."
- Good walking shoes and socks are a must to avoid discomfort and injury. Make sure they are well worn-in before your arrival.
- Trousers for cooler mornings and evenings and to save you from mosquitos are also important. Ideally, find some trousers that can be turned into shorts so you can cool down as the temperature hots up.
- Long sleeved t-shirts are also important to save your skin from the sun and to keep you protected from mosquitos.
- A sunhat will help to shield your eyes, neck and face from the sun and will also help prevent against sunstroke.
- Bringing along a pair of good sunglasses allows you to keep a constant eye on the horizon without squinting, which also means you are less likely to gain a headache.
- Even some of the smaller lodges have pools, and without a swimsuit you won’t be able to enjoy the water.
- In the early morning and evenings it can get chilly, so a fleece and/or windproof jacket is ideal.
- In some lodges there won’t be room to spread out your toiletries, so a wash bag to hold them all is ideal.
- Make sure you bring a first aid kit including plasters, antihistamines and painkillers.
- Sunblock and insect repellents are a must, and you may also wish to bring after-sun just in case you do catch the sun.
- Bringing along some books on wildlife to use whilst out in the field and when relaxing in your free time means you’ll get much more out of your experience.
- Bring a day bag to hold your water, books, spare batteries, spare memory cards etc.
- Everyone must have a set of their own binoculars as there is nothing worse than having to share or just not being able to see what’s being pointed out to you.
- Bring along a camera or two and make sure you have all the appropriate extras such as lenses and cleaner, filters gorillapod/monopod/beanbag and spare batteries and memory cards.