African Safari Gear Packing List - What To Take Along

The last thing you want on an African safari is to realise that you have left any important safari gear behind.

Because of the nature of safari there are some things that are essential to take with and others that you can do without because they are only going to add to your luggage weight.

This is a listing of some of the "must have" safari gear you need to pack to take along which forms a part of the full safari packing list that you can print out to tick off each item as you go along.

This safari packing list is based on the packing advice and recommendations from a collection of safari trip reports and my own experience in packing for the dozens of safaris that I have been on...

SAFARI CLOTHES

If you are going on a walking safari it's essential that you get the safari clothing right. Bright colours are definitely to be avoided.

My wife and I went on a walking safari in Botswana and we came across a group of elephant that the tracker wanted to take us closer to but because my wife was wearing a red shirt she had to wait further away for fear of the elephants noticing us. So remember to pack the following safari gear...

  • Clothing in neutral colours: khaki, light brown/green, tan. Avoid bright colours and white for improved game viewing.
  • Comfortable non-synthetic short- and long sleeved safari shirts (2 or 3 of each)
  • Comfortable non-synthetic shorts and long trousers (2 or 3 of each)
  • TOILETRIES & FIRST AID

    Every safari company worth its salt should have a first aid kit available for use by its clients so it might be a good idea to check with them first if they do and what it contains.

    But if you have specific medicine requirements then take it with as it might not be available in the areas you are going on safari in.

    • Sun block and after sun
    • Towel - travel towel is light and takes very little space
    • Skin cream
    • Insect repellent/mosquito coils (do not use coils in tent)
    • Anti-malaria medication
    • Citronella or other body soap/shower gel
    • Wet wipes/hand sanitizer or no-water/antibacterial soap ? very handy in the Landrover etc.
    • Band aids and moleskin
    • Pocket knife (Swiss/Leatherman type)
    • Small scissors, if not on your Leatherman/Swiss knife
    • Small unbreakable mirror
    • Plastic bags (wet washing/muddy shoes/organise clothes in suitcase)
    • Book to read between game viewing and other leisure time
    • String/rope (washing line, tying sleeping bag, multitude of uses!!)
    • Cold/flu tablets
    • Allergy remedy
    • Some people take a basic antibiotic in case
    • Prescribed medicine (enough to last your trip)

    SAFARI LUGGAGE

  • The thing to remember when choosing safari luggage is mobility. You might be moving between several different modes of transport (airplanes, cars, light aircraft, trucks, boats) so plan accordingly.
  • Suitcases with wheels don't work very well in the African bush but they are adequate if you don't mind carrying them. (A good safari company will probably have someone on hand to carry your luggage for you).
  • A daypack is very handy to transport the safari gear you need while driving around in the safari vehicle or walking through the bush
  • GENERAL

    There is one item of safari gear that you should never be without on your trip and that is binoculars.

    The frustration of seeing an animal in the distance and not being able to take a closer look because you don't have a good pair of binocs is intense.

    Many safari companies do supply them for you but they might be a little battered and bent with use and you will also have to share them with other members of the group which will mean less viewing time for you.

    • Binoculars (essential safari gear)
    • Torch
    • Camera and film (can be expensive and/or difficult to obtain) and extra flash batteries and lens cleaner
    • If taking a digital camera: memory stick(s)/data card(s), charger and extra batteries
    • Small bean bag to substitute a tripod
    • Sleeping bag (may be supplied by safari company so check first)
    • Travel pillow, or you can use your polar fleece/windbreaker
    • Small calculator (or if you're taking your mobile phone) for currency calculations
    • Money belt

    DOCUMENTS

    Visa requirements are an important consideration especially if you are going on safari in multiple African countries as some of them have different visa terms. Your travel agent or safari operator should be able to help you with this so make sure you check with them...

    • Passport and correct visas
    • Emergency phone numbers
    • Insurance policy
    • Guide book(s) covering the area you're visiting ? it should include animals/birds pages for easy identification
    • Your itinerary
    • Addresses and mobile numbers (postcards/e-mails/texts)
    • Any vaccinations certificates
    • The complete safari packing list can be found at the African safari journals website which will ensure that you never leave anything important behind for your safari. Print it out and tick it off.

      Not sure where to go on safari? These are the Top Five Safari Destinations in Africa ranked by using trip reports from previous visitors to these areas.

    The Pyramids of Giza

    The most famous Egyptian pyramids to be built are the Great Pyramids of Giza, located... Read More

    Alaska - Brief Travel Guide

    WHAT TO SEE, TO DO AND WHERE: Mount McKinley is the highest mountain in North... Read More

    Kerala Backwaters - Gently Down the Stream

    The quaint little balcony was large enough to accommodate two cane chairs, a table and... Read More

    Disneyland for Hikers: A Walk to Mt. Whitney

    Base camp sits at 12,000 feet - stark, windy, unshaded from the blazing August sun,... Read More

    RV Camping at Casinos

    There's nothing that will quicken the interest of RVers like the prospect of free overnight... Read More

    River Rafting in Washington State

    The great state of Washington offers some of the best white-water rafting in the entire... Read More

    RV Vacations: Ten Tips

    Perhaps you have wondered about taking an RV vacation. It seems like fun and you'd... Read More

    Mammoth Cave: One of the Most Beautiful in Our National Park System

    Directly south of Louisville, just off Interstate 65 and not far from Cave City, Mammoth... Read More

    Tips for Mountain Bikers in Spain

    As any keen mountain biker will know, there are some important rules to follow and... Read More

    On Safari in Northern Tanzania ? Back to The Sixth Day of the Creation

    Tanzania's natural endowment as a wildlife safari destination is unrivalled. Wild animals roam in vast... Read More

    Great Indian Holidays

    Holidays in India, awesome in her size and diversity. This virtual sub-continent, stretches from the... Read More

    Catch Another Falling Star

    Recently we stayed at a state campground in Michigan near a couple of lakes and... Read More

    How to Save Money AND help the planet

    Don't all of us love to have the money to do the fun things that... Read More

    What You Need to Know About - Camping Vacations

    Camping is a delightful and adventurous way to spend your vacations. Camping basically means living... Read More

    Amazing Trek Across TIbet!

    Today Bookpleasures and Sketchandtravel are pleased to have as our guest, Brandon Wilson, author of... Read More

    Take a Hiking Pole on Your Next Hike

    It is the downhill ski racing competition of the winter Olympics. You watch a ski... Read More

    10 Tips to Planning Your Dream Road Trip

    Everyone has a travel dream. For many it is hitting the road for a relatively... Read More

    Block Island ? Memorable Vacations Are Made of This

    Block Island is a seaside jewel lying 12 miles off the southern coast of Rhode... Read More

    Camping Stove Performance: Ease of Use & What to Avoid

    Important information about camping stoves...What type of camping, hiking, or backpacking do you do? Do... Read More

    Boondocking America

    Boondocking is fun! Boondockers go anywhere they want, at any time they want and at... Read More

    Your Virgin Bushwalk

    Isn't it time you stepped out of the concrete jungle and into a wilder world,... Read More

    Greek Food

    A meal in Greece is highlighted with a selection of hot and cold plates known... Read More

    Discover The Los Angeles County Arboretum & Botanic Garden In Arcadia California

    In The city of Arcadia California, right next door to Pasadena http://pasadena.usacitydirectories.com you... Read More

    African Safari Gear Packing List - What To Take Along

    The last thing you want on an African safari is to realise that you have... Read More

    Discount Lift Tickets - Learn what Colorado Ski Resorts Do Not Want You to Know!

    How to get discount lift tickets for popular ski resorts in Colorado including Keystone, Breckenridge,... Read More

    Is There Such A Thing As A Romantic Camping Getaway In Minnesota?

    Today, Norm Goldman, Editor of Sketchandtravel.com and Bookpleasures.com is pleased to have as our guest,... Read More

    Zambia Safari Top Five National Parks

    Zambia is Africa's best kept secret as far as safaris go. The country is a... Read More

    Bicycling Down The River

    My river-rafting adventure started on a bicycle. The small daypack I wore carried a hatchet,... Read More

    Botswana Safari Top Five National Parks and Game Reserves

    A Botswana safari is an excellent trip to undertake because the setting is as unique... Read More

    Survival in the Wilderness: What to Do, What You Need

    Summer is for picnics, hikes, outdoor concerts, barbeques ... and enjoying the wilderness.Camping with family... Read More

    A Thumb Sketch Outline of Tanzania?s Attractions and National Parks

    The Northern Circuit is probably Africa's most dramatic wildlife area. Game safaris never fail to... Read More

    Hiking Mount Rainier National Park

    Mount Rainier National Park is the most popular park in the state. It has fantastic... Read More

    Ten African Safari Tips That You Must Know Before You Go

    1. Take the early morning drives on safari even though that often means getting up... Read More

    You Might Be An Ultralight Backpacker If...

    If you you find yourself saying "Hey, that's a good idea," to more than one... Read More

    Student Travel ? Backpacking In Europe

    For the fortunate few, life isn't complete without a backpacking trip through Europe. This right... Read More

    Top Five Honeymoon Safari Destinations In Africa

    An African honeymoon safari is the perfect way to celebrate your marriage.The pampering that you... Read More

    Creative Camp Cooking

    For most people, outdoor cooking is synonymous with barbeque, but there are many other ways... Read More

    Stay Out of That Old Mine!

    It seems like the most adventurous thing in the world. That dark opening in the... Read More

    Camping For Fun

    Camping for fun is a great way to enjoy the outdoors and relax. But before... Read More

    Viewpoints on Whale Watching in Hermanus!

    If you're looking to spot a whale, the first few things you'll hear people say... Read More

    Safety Tips While Walking in the Spanish Countryside

    Spring:Essential items when preparing for a walk-Compass-First aid kit - including an elastic bandage, gauze... Read More

    The Price of Gas Really Doesnt Matter!

    "The good news is that there is no reason to cower in the corner of... Read More

    Mystic Seaport Captured ? Links to Our Past Guide, Part 3

    Mystic Seaport celebrates the seafaring past of New England. Known as The Museum of America... Read More

    Backpacking Journals ? Preserve Your Backpacking Experiences

    Backpacking is a great way to escape the rat race and be one with nature.... Read More

    GOA ? A Carnival of Beaches

    The state of Goa on the West coast of India, is located in the coastal... Read More

    Ireland Golf Vacations ? Top Tips To Help You Plan an Ireland Golf Vacation

    Live your golfing dreams on an Ireland golf vacation.The K Club, Ballybunion, Lahinch, Doonbeg, Druids... Read More

    Chimborazo: Learning Spanish At 20,600 Feet

    Climbing the glaciers to the summit of Mount Chimborazo in Ecuador isn't highly technical. It... Read More

    A Holiday in Rajasthan

    Romancing History ? A Holiday in RajasthanRajasthan, the name evokes myriad impressions ? an intricate... Read More

    River Rafting on the Salmon River

    The beautiful Salmon River stretches through over 400 miles of Idaho. The legendary explorers Lewis... Read More

    Solo Backpacking

    Have you ever gone solo backpacking? If you have, you'll probably agree that it isn't... Read More