What to Pack for a Safari?
When deciding what to pack for a safari, our best tip is to travel light! Since safaris cover lots of ground in a short time, traveling with a small bag makes transportation a breeze. Besides, who wants to spend time digging through a large suitcase when you can be exploring? Make sure to check the weather during your travel dates and plan accordingly. The sun in East Africa can be intense, so be sure to protect your skin and drink lots of water while traveling. Use the suggestions below as a reference for your safari packing list.
Clothing: Consider the activities that will be included on the safari. You’ll spend a good amount of time in vehicles doing game drives, but you’ll likely have a hike or two, and some time exploring your camps or lodges. Protection from mosquitos and the sun are key elements when deciding what to pack for a safari. Keep modesty and simplicity in mind when selecting outfits. Additionally, make sure that your shoes are comfortable to walk in for long distances. Start with these suggestions for your packing list:
-Light rain jacket
-Two pairs pants
-Three pairs underwear
-Long sleeve shirt (ideally synthetic fabric)
-Wide brimmed hat
Note: It is recommended that travelers avoid blue and black colors, as they can attract tse-tse flies. Light, khaki colors and earth-tones are always recommended.
Personal Care: The camps and lodges on the safari are equipped with hot showers and comfortable bathrooms. Choose personal care items that are practical and environmentally friendly. Since most days will be spent outdoors, it’s necessary to keep bugs and the sun away. Staying healthy is important when on safari, so having medication and vitamins on hand is a good idea. In addition to the basic necessities (toothbrush, soap, lotion etc.), include the following when choosing what to pack for a safari:
-Airborne (or similar)
-Medications as needed
Miscellaneous: In the spirit of traveling light, keep miscellaneous items to a minimum. If you decide to bring technology, do so at your own risk, and make sure to bring chargers as well, as well as adapters to Tanzanian outlets. All modern camps have electricity and many have WiFi, so staying connected is easy while you’re on the road. Here are some necessities for a safari:
-Passport (we recommend travelers bring a copy of their passport as well)
For Photographers You will want a DSLR camera, or a good zoom lens (ideally 300-400x zoom) to really maximize your opportunity to get great shots. A beanbag can also be useful to stabilize your camera in a vehicle.
Keep practicality in mind when planning what to pack for a safari. Ultimately, comfort and mobility are the two factors to keep in mind. Similarly, keep personal care and miscellaneous items basic since you’ll be outdoors most of the time. If you have additional questions about your safari packing list, just ask! Gondwana Ecotours is focused on making your safari experience (and your packing experience) stress free.