Travel itinerary, plane ticket, passport and vaccinations? Check, check, check and check… If you have already got all your documents and details sorted before your trip then there is only one thing left to do… PACK!
Going on an African safari is a thrilling adventure that everyone should experience at least once in their lifetime. If you are used to exploring the outdoors and discovering new corners of the world then coming up with a packing list shouldn’t be too difficult. But there are a few essential items you should not go without!
Packing for a safari can be a tricky business, especially when you need to take into consideration the luggage restrictions; so you will need to pack cleverly. When packing for a safari, keep one golden rule in mind… LESS IS MORE! During your trip you will likely be switching between various modes of transport, such as planes, transfers, 4x4s etc. Not to mention you might be taking small charter and scheduled flights which usually have a weight restriction of 15 kg, including camera equipment and hand luggage (though please always check with your service provider first). Furthermore, suitcases with wheels do not really belong in the savanna, so a duffel bag is more practical.
Before every adventure with Origins Safaris you will be provided with an in-depth packing list and guidelines…. So don’t panic if we haven’t mentioned everything! The list below is just a few essential reminders to make your safari the journey of a lifetime!
- Your own set of binoculars
Whether you are travelling on your own or with your family and friends, ALWAYS bring your own binoculars. They are essential for optimum wildlife viewing on safari. There is nothing more frustrating than going on a game drive or bush walk without binoculars and missing an incredible sighting. You could always use your partners, but then that would be just as frustrating for them too. Keep in mind that not all animals and birds will be close by and your guide will not be allowed to drive off the main road.
- Extra memory cards and batteries for your camera
First off… smartphone cameras are amazing, but… they just won’t cut it in the bush if you really want to take some amazing wildlife snaps. So we recommend a camera, it doesn’t have to be the latest new one, but at least a camera that has a zoom lens up to 300mm. Once you have a camera to take on safari don’t make the same mistake that many safari goers have done before you…. forgetting to bring extra memory cards and batteries. It is a heartbreaking experience when you realise you cannot make the shot because you either have no more space or power left in your camera. You may not realise it but you will always take more photos than you thought. You don’t want to sacrifice any of your photos to make space and you definitely don’t want to run out of battery and miss a perfect moment.
- Bring a head torch and not a flashlight
The unpolluted savannah skies may be glistening with stars but it will be pitch black in the bush and when it comes to walking around your camp, going to the loo or even rummaging through your bag at night your head torch will be your best friend. While flashlights are useful a head torch is much better! With a head torch it means you have your hands free and you won’t have to worry about dropping anything. Extra batteries are again a must… just in case. Most camps will also provide a flashlight in your room and an askari (Swahili word for night guard) will walk you back to your tent, but being self-sufficient is always a good idea.
- Staying smart in the sun
The East African sun can be quite intense and chances are that some of your days on safari will be sunny and dry. Therefore it is essential to pack items such as – sunscreen that is SPF 30, SPF 15 lip balm, good quality sunglasses and a wide brimmed hat (that is wide enough to cover your face, ears and neck). Keep in mind that even the shortest exposure can result in sunburn or heatstroke.
- Staying comfortable
Being comfortable is always recommended while on safari. Most people think of Africa and think of sweltering heat and sunshine. At most times of the year we do have glorious weather, but keep in mind that on your early morning game drives before the sun rises it is chilly and once the sun sets temperatures drop too. Therefore you are required to become a layering maestro! When dressing for your early morning game drives always remember layer with a warm fleece and as the African sun starts to rise, peel the layers off and then layer up again once the sun sets.
So there are our essential safari packing tips! Hopefully these will help you before you embark on your next adventure. If you need any more information feel free to contact us. Our safari experts will be happy to help you.
About Origins Safaris
At Origins Safaris we are passionate about wildlife, cultural heritage, adventure and exploration. We customize each and every safari to your personal requirements and expectations, ensuring an exclusive, unique and authentic experience every time.
Origins Safaris is a family business, founded in 1963 by Don and Margaret Turner. It is managed today by two subsequent generations of the family, and predominantly by Don’s son, Steve. We are so much more than just a travel broker – our years of experience, professionalism and reliability means that we go the all important extra mile, to make sure your dream safari is safe, memorable, educational and most of all great fun. We are renowned for our meticulous safari planning from start to finish, and the highest standards of natural history.
Origins Safaris provide that crucial “sound advice and impeccable service” so seldom found by other companies. We have 50+ years of authentic African safari experience and the know-how to make your trip run as smoothly as possible.
Let Origins Safaris help you to experience a true African safari. Contact us on www.originsafaris.com for more information.
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