Packing right for your safari is crucial! Even though the sun is burning hot during the African days, it can get freezing cold at night. The extreme temperatures that occur in the savannas happen because of their desert climates. You need to have clothes with you for every type of weather. Here is a basic packing list for a safari, some additions might be required depending on the kind of safari and accommodation you have planned. This list is gathered for a day and evening safari thinking that you would stay the night at a hotel or lodge – no towels, bedding, sleeping bags, tents, or meals have been included.
Basic Packing List – What to Bring Along If You Are Going on a Safari
- Comfortable airy clothes which are not too hot but give some protection against the sun
- Long-sleeved, warm sweater or hoodie and other warm clothes for the evening, night and early morning
- Hat to protect from the harsh sun
- Comfortable shoes – sandals are not recommended, running shoes or hiking shoes are better in the safari environment and also give protection from insects and snakes
- Sun protection lotion (30 – 50 SPF recommended)
- Camera – bring an extra battery and enough memory cards to ensure capacity for all the animal and nature photos
- Water bottle / Water purifier
- Snacks such as dried fruits, nuts and energy bars
- Binoculars if you have some, these are great when watching wildlife. They give a closer look and help with spotting too.
- Mosquito spray – if traveling during the rainy season, mosquitoes can be a real pain and they can also spread nasty diseases such as MalariaThese basic things will get you through a Safari day trip. It is best to do the preparations really well and also do a lot of research on which safari to go to, where to stay, and which are the best companies to travel with.
Know Your Route
It’s important to have a good guide who knows the area and wildlife. If you want to do a self-driving safari trip, good research is even more important. For camping and staying without luxuries such as a bed, and a buffet breakfast, the packing list becomes much longer, naturally.
Make sure you know exactly what the facility has to offer as the nearest shops can be many hours away! Distances are often very long in safari areas.