Documents & stuff
- Travel Documents (passport, insurance details, travel and accommodation vouchers, Vaccination certificate)
- Visa documentation
- Money (spending money, credit card, travellers cheques)
- Camera & other photo equipment (for a safari you’ll need zoom lens) chargers for camera, phones or other equipment, memory sticks or cards
- A waterproof bag (protection from rain and dust)
- Flashlight (essential for good visibility at night)
- Guide books, books about African safari
- A travel diary
Don’t pack too much!
Extra luggage will just be a burden which will put a damper on your African experience. I recommend to select lightweight and preferably neutral-colored materials. As warm weather lasts most of the year make sure you pack light clothes. Africa, however, can also be much colder than you may think, especially at night. Bring warm clothes and a jacket.
My safari clothing list:
- Hat with under-chin tie
- Quick dry T-shirts
- Warm & waterproof lightweight jacket
- Long linen pants
- Flip flops
- Comfortable walking shoes
- Lightweight raincoat
- Scarf or sarong
- Zebra-striped pyjamas – JOKING!
- Toilet bag
- Hand sanitizer
- Wet wipes
- Toothbrush and paste
- Sunscreen lotion
- Moisturiser or after sun
Use a good mosquito spray
Make sure the mosquito spray you have with you is high in DEET. It is important to cover up and to apply the spray regularly in the evenings every 1-2 hours for full protection, even if it says ‘lasts up to 4 hours’ on the bottle. Wrist and ankle bands soaked in DEET may provide additional protection if you are susceptible to bites.
I haven’t used malaria tablets never, just a good mosquito spray. Seek professional medical advice as to if you need malaria tablets and which tablets are most suitable for you.
No need to bring mosquito net as all tents or rooms have mosquito nets or gauze net protection on the windows and beds.
Carry a small first aid pack
Plasters, bandages and antiseptic spray and wipes are great for any bumps and bruises you may pick up along the way.
Get the right vaccinations
Make sure you consult your doctor or travel clinic at least 6 weeks before you travel to check which vaccinations you might need.
Oh, and last but not least, don’t forget ‘to pack’ a sense of adventure and positive energy! Weeee, you are going to SAFARI !!!