Planning a safari can seem confusing, especially when it’s your first time. You don’t know what to pack and how much you should pack. The first thing you should remember is to pack light. Below are things you should remember to pack on your next safari to Africa.
You will spend some of your nights in exclusive camps and lodges deep in the African bush. Some of these accommodations rely on generators and solar panels for their energy needs. It’s always great to have a personal torch – African nights are dark.
A good book
Safari in East Africa, especially Kenya and Tanzania involves moving from one national park to another. A good book is a welcome relaxation between the adventures.
Remember your feet. The most comfortable shoes while sitting long periods in the vehicle and in the camp are flip flops or trainers or sandals. If you will be doing a walking safari, comfortable footwear is gym shoes and hiking boots.
Safaris are meant to be remembered. Pack your camera to capture the moments. Remember to pack as many batteries and memory cards than you think you will need, everyone always takes many more photos than they think they will.
Although East Africa is known for its warm climate, there are cold periods, especially in the morning and evening and during the cold season. Pack warm clothing for the cold mornings and evenings especially if you are visiting Ngorongoro Crater.
What is a safari without sitting around a campfire in the evening sharing stories? Pack a sweater/fleece jacket for those chilly nights around the campfire and a lightweight fleece for early mornings especially in the Ngorongoro Crater.
Comfortable safari clothes
Lightweight long trousers and long sleeve tops for early mornings/evenings and Shorts/T-shirts/skirts for the rest of the day. Avoid white because of the dust from the savannah. Also, avoid dark colors especially dark blues; biting insects seem to like these more than other colors.
Sometimes animals are far away from your location. Make sure to not miss a thing.
Sunscreen, sun hat & sunglasses, sun cream
The African sun is strong. Remember to take care of your skin.
Insect repellent and Antihistamine
Flying insects can be a bother especially when the weather is warm. Bring an insect repellent for your own comfort and an Antihistamine
A solid, soft bag
Pack your belongings in soft bags, and avoid hard suitcases. This makes it easier to stack in safari jeeps and small airplanes. Also pack a smaller bag in which to carry your cameras, a fleece, and personal effects, this you will keep with you in the vehicle.
Remember max. 15kg limit for domestic flights.
Reusable water bottle
It is very important to stay hydrated while on safari. To minimize the use of plastic bottles and protect the environment, use a reusable water bottle.