What To Pack

Safari destinations in Africa tend to be dry and dusty and infused with smoke haze and this peaks just before the first rains – end of October / November in Southern Africa.

Activities are open air and based on surrounding wilderness.

On safari you can expect to be exposed to sun, wind, dust, vegetation, occasional rain and moisture and bumpy roads. This varies according to your destinations, itinerary and activities.

Safari lodges, camps and mobiles are generally comfortable, informal and relaxed.

Mosquito nets normally form part of your bedding and most destinations have a standard daily laundry service.

Rooms are provided with bathing towels, soaps and shampoos.

Electricity is limited so forget your hair-dryer.

You need to pack in a durable soft skinned case that is easy to carry and manipulate into and out of vehicles, helicopters and aeroplanes.

Your bags will be exposed to a limited amount of dust and wear and tear.

If your safari involves light aeroplane travel, you might have a luggage size and weight restriction.

Weight is normally restricted to 12 kilograms per passenger on charter aeroplanes - this includes your camera equipment and toiletries.

Safari Clothing

(Remember laundry is done daily)

Casual comfortable - preferably cotton - with neutral earthy colours – whites to a minimum.

1 x hat (as against a cap which does not protect your ears and neck from the African sun)

4 x long-sleeved shirts (sun protection and evening mosquito protection)

2 x shorts / skirts

2 x longs / slacks

4 x pairs socks

1 x windbreaker for cooler weather and evenings

Undergarments as comfortably desired

1 x comfortable all terrain walking shoes (sneakers, hiking shoes or boots)

If you are travelling between May and September pack a scarf, lightweight gloves and sweater (or jersey)

If your itinerary involves water or the beach

1 x all weather/terrain sandals


2 x t-shirts


Personal toiletries (don’t rely on camp curio shops)

Waterproof sunscreen

Lip balm

Quality sunglasses with chord – preferably polarised

Flash light – modern light weight sporting “caver’s lamp” is excellent for strength, reliability, weight and light

Skin moisturizer or cream

Binoculars - small, compact, light and 8 x 50 is good - if you can, go for Swarowski

Autan insect repellent - against Tsetse Fly (if your itinerary involves a Tsetse fly area)