safari packing list

Coming to Africa for a wildlife safari is very exciting however one needs to pack some stuff that he/she will or might need in the course of the safari.

There is no need to pack a lot because too much luggage may instead become a burden. Below are highlights of what one may need while on an African safari.

 

  • Travel documents: These include a passport valid for up to 6 months and necessary Visas. These should at least be kept in hand luggage. You can also make some copies of the passport.
  • Emergency phone numbers
  • Travel insurance
  • Medical documents are also necessary plus any medical history if any.
  • Some pocket change (money) that should be at least kept in a money belt around the waist.
  • Some travel directories like maps and telephone contacts for the tour operator one is traveling with. Maps are very important for those traveling without a tour operator.
  • An updated trip itinerary from the tour operator you are traveling with. This should be accompanied with the detailed contact information of the tour operator.

 

Essentials for the safari

 

  • Good and strong safari shoes that should at least be water proof as well as some sandals to wear in the evening.
  • Stockings
  • A safari hut and sunglasses
  • Enough clothes that should at least be dull colored as white colored clothes could easily catch dust especially in the dry season.
  • Long trousers and shirts are very important for gorilla and chimpanzee tracking. Short trousers can be put on in the evening after tracking.
  • You might also need a swimming costume especially in the dry season.
  • Sweaters and jackets are also essential to wear at night and during the wet season.
  • The major lodges offer laundry services at a reasonable cost. You can however ask your driver guide to help you.

 

Other essentials

  • Mosquito repellant
  • Flash light
  • Camera
  • Hand sanitizers and wipes
  • Toothbrush
  • Lip balm and personal Vaseline
  • Some antibiotics
  • Allergy remedies in case you are allergic
  • Some vitamins
  • Electric adaptor
  • Travel alarm clock
  • A notebook to note down some memories
  • Hair shampoo
  • Sanitary necessities
  • Some painkillers
  • A day hand pack
  • Waterproof pack