When packing for your ultimate African safari holiday, remember to pack light. We will ensure that the peace, tranquility, beauty and opulence you seek in your dream holiday will be provided.
However, there are a few essentials that you must ensure you have:
- Valid passport
- Valid visa – if required
- One other picture identification (e.g. driver’s licence)
- Photocopy of your passport page to carry in your wallet
- Air tickets
- Expense money
- Comprehensive travel insurance policy
Dressing for safaris
It is highly likely to be warm during the day on your safari, so the most important thing is that you are cool and comfortable. Most people wear shorts or thin cotton pants and a t-shirt or thin shirt. In the evening the temperature may drop and you need to protect yourself from mosquitoes and other bugs so long sleeved shirts and cotton pants are best. Safari lodges do not usually have a dinner dress code so remain comfortable, warm and covered up.
Khaki, brown, olive, and beige are the best colours for safaris and game walks, as you will blend in with the surroundings. White is not recommended as it increases your visibility to wildlife. However, it is ideal for keeping cool on the beach or exploring historic towns, if these form part of your holiday.
Early morning and evening game drives can be quite chilly, so it’s best to pack a warm sweater, fleece or windbreaker. Rather bring a few items that you can layer for warmth, than one thick piece of clothing. You may also wish to bring a swimming costume and sarong / kikoi for soaking up the sun during the day and taking a dip in the lodge’s sparkling pool. Don’t forget that the African sun is powerful so you will need a hat with a brim and some longer sleeved shirts to protect you.
Sandals are suitable for wandering around the lodge or hotel during the day but closed shoes are recommended at night time. Sturdy walking or hiking boots are required if you are going on any game walks.
Your lodge or hotel will usually also offer a laundry service should you require it.
Additional recommended items
Most items can be purchased from your safari lodge but here is a list of personal items you will probably require during your holiday:
- Personal toiletries
- Insect repellent
- Good quality sunglasses plus protective case
- Hand wipes or ‘Baby wipes’
- Camera, film or memory card
- Spare batteries (film and batteries can generally be obtained at lodges)
- Paperback reading and writing material (keep weight at a minimum)
- Sunscreen or block
- Moisturizer, lip balm
If you take prescription medication, be sure to bring a sufficient supply with you. If you are on a lengthy holiday, we suggest that you carry a copy of your prescription with you.
Luggage for a mobile safari
For Safari travel, the best type of luggage to bring is a soft bag, or backpack with an internal frame. As packing space in Safari vehicles is limited, only one bag is allowed, but you should also have a day pack for all of your personal items/camera/binoculars. Hard suitcases are usually scuffed or damaged in transit and are inappropriate for a game safari.
Important info: If part of your itinerary includes light aircraft flights there are serious weight restrictions. You are usually restricted to 10 or 12kg (22 or 26 lbs) per person, in a soft bag. Storage space in a light aircraft is at a premium, and the pilot may refuse to take on bulky or excessive luggage. A reasonable amount of hand luggage and camera equipment is generally allowed. Remember that the charter pilot has the final say in terms of taking the luggage and you will be responsible for costs should your luggage need to be forwarded for you, or should an extra aircraft be required for transportation.