Helmet, huge zoom lens, garters – a lot of equipment can be packed for a safari. But it’s really unnecessary to go shopping big in preparation for your big African adventure. For the most part, you want to be comfortable, so you get through the clothes you’re used to and you have something warm as the sun goes down. But if you want winning tips on what experts pack for their safaris, read on.
Safari Clothing You don’t have to go full khaki, but colors that blend into the environment instead of bright colors make wildlife more comfortable. If you’re in a vehicle during game times, the color you use doesn’t matter, but if you go on safari on foot, you’ll get close to the animals if re-disguised. This is especially important if you follow mountain gorillas in Uganda or Rwanda (or Congo). It’s possible to get close to these amazing creatures if you don’t look too menacing in a bright red jacket.
Bright blue and purple attract chete flies that really hurt when they bite and can carry African sleeping sickness.
In Bush, guides don’t care too much about what their guests use, but if you plan to spend time in rural cities or cities off the coast of East Africa, these areas are more conservative. It’s more comfortable if you have clothes that cover your shoulders and knees.
Of course, a wide border is essential when you spend your day in open vehicles.
Flashlight/Torch – We don’t recommend going for a nature walk at night, but simply going from the dining room to your room after dinner can be more challenging than you might think. If you’re basically opting for a safari experience and staying in a tent camp, you have to walk outside the dining room to your tent. Most camps have security staff who follow you and have flashlights, but it’s good to have your own torch so you don’t stumble over a lost stone or anything else. Also at dawn, a flashlight is handy when you leave your tent in a toy car.
Insect repellent: DEET. Malaria is the leading cause of death in Africa and should not be taken lightly. A travel doctor will probably suggest the use of antimalarial drugs, but the best prevention against the disease is not to bite first. So covering with long sleeves and long pants at night and dripping a mistake will keep you safe.
Binoculars – many safari guides have a pair of binoculars (or two) in their vehicle, but you share it with everyone in the vehicle. Bring yours to see the wildlife in its entirety.
Wet Wipes: May become hot and dusty in an African bush. Wet towels will keep you cool, wash your hands before crawling for a picnic lunch and wipe off the dust. Well exactly the same! It’s not on many packing lists, but you’ll be happy to remember them after a great sporty day.
- Bonus Product for Women – Sports Bra: African roads are nothing you can imagine if you come from the West. Sports bras make the journey easy.