What to Bring on Safari - Your Packing List

Updated: Nov 19, 2021

Helpful packing Suggestions for Safari in Africa.

You Must Bring:

  • Valid passport (International arrival)

  • Valid visa - if required (see section pertaining to your trip)

  • One other picture ID (e.g. driver's licence)

  • Photocopy of passport page to carry in wallet

  • Air tickets

  • Expense money

  • Recommended inoculations

  • Travel insurance

Packing for Your Safari - Clothing and equipment : Travel light. If you are flying in to your safari destination, your luggage must be packed in a soft tog or duffel bag, and limited to 12 kilograms. You should also bring a day pack to carry any essentials you might need whilst actually on safari.

Dressing for Safaris

On safari most people wear shorts and a T-shirt during the day and put on long sleeved shirts and long pants in the evening for warmth as well as protection from mosquitoes. Should you be particularly sensitive to the sun a loose cotton shirt is essential during the day.

White is not a suitable colour for these activities. Firstly it increases your visibility quotient to the animals you are wanting to get a closer look at, and secondly, it will get dirty very quickly

Fleece or sweater and a windbreaker for game drives, because it is highly possible that you may go out on a hot day, but be faced with a chill evening on your return. Some areas have a steep temperature gradient, ie. Very hot days and very cool nights.

Remember that layering your clothing will keep you warmer than relying on one thick item.

Clothing To Pack

  • 2 pairs khaki cotton pants (jeans are rather hot)

  • 2 pairs sturdy shorts

  • 2 long sleeved shirts (for sun protection as well as warmth).

  • 1 light sweater or sweatshirt

  • 1 lightweight, waterproof windbreaker

  • 1 or 2 pair sturdy walking or hiking boots or running shoes

  • 3-5 short-sleeved shirts or T-shirts

  • 5 changes underwear and socks

  • 1 hat with a brim (baseball caps might cover your nose but not your ears and neck).

The African sun can be very harsh. Sunburn on safari, in the heat, is not fun.


  • Toilet kit including shampoo and soap

  • Large towel and washcloth; thin, quick-drying

  • Tabard insect repellent

Equipment Requirements

  • Good quality sunglasses plus protective case

  • Handiwipes or 'Babywipes', maybe

  • Stuff-sacks or plastic packets; to compartmentalise items within your travel bag

  • Repair kit: needle and thread, nylon cord, rip-stop tape

  • Personal first aid kit; see further down this list


  • Camera and film or memory card. And batteries. Film and batteries can generally be obtained at the rest camps, but at a price of course, so please be sure to have sufficient supplies for your needs.

  • Binoculars

  • Paperback reading and writing material (keep weight at a minimum)

  • Bird and animal checklist

  • Snacks; trail mix, nuts, hard candies

  • Extra sweater

  • Wool or Leather gloves (if you really feel the cold)

  • Down vest or jacket (if you really feel the cold)

Definitely Required

Sunscreen or block. Sun can be very strong a #10 or higher screen will be needed for the first few days if you are pale; #4 or 5 may be adequate thereafter. The African sun is harsh most of the year

  • Aspirin or Tylenol for mild pain or headache