A safari is different from any other tour you have been on. It’s an exciting journey that takes you into unfamiliar territory, hence you need to be prepared to face whatever it may bring. Here are some tips on what to pack so that you are suitably equipped for your safari.
The Right Luggage
When deciding on the type of luggage to carry along with you, it is good to keep in mind the mode of transportation that you will be using. Domestic aircraft have strict luggage limits as these are light carriers with limited capacity. Hence it is recommended that you carry a soft-sided bag without wheels; a Duffel bag is a good idea.
Similarly, when you are traveling by minivan or landrover, you need a bag that can easily be squeezed into the back. Most light aircraft limit baggage allowance to 15kg(33lbs). This is not difficult to achieve as safari lodges and camps will supply you with all you need in terms of linen and towels.
The Right Shoes to Pack
The shoes you pack will depend on the activity you have booked, for example, if you are on an adventure walking safari, light-weight hiking boots will come in handy. However, not much walking is involved in standard safaris, therefore comfortable walking shoes or trainers will do. For the evenings, pack light slip-on shoes with some grip for safety.
What is the Appropriate Clothing?
The good news is that same-day laundry service is widely available on most tourist circuits, therefore you can keep your wardrobe changes to the minimum. The keywords to remember are comfortable and breathable when selecting clothes to pack. This will ensure that you are at ease during the long drives in the bush.
Do remember that in the tropics day and night temperatures fluctuate greatly, therefore prepare for this by dressing in layers. Pack a warm jacket for use during cold mornings and later in the evening when the temperatures drop.
It is not a must to purchase khaki-colored outfits for the safari, although earth colors hide smudges of dust and dirt. In addition, neutral colors will reflect the heat and keep you cool. But do avoid bright colored clothing as it may make you visible to certain species of animals.
Remember to pack swimwear, as most lodges and safari camps have swimming pools. You may also opt to dress up for dinner. Long-sleeved tops and long trousers will protect you from mosquitos; however, it’s best to leave expensive jewelry behind.
The Essential Equipment
An essential piece of equipment that you must have is a good quality pair of binoculars as they will enhance your game-viewing drives. Animals that are away on the horizon will be brought up close, a sensational experience, not to be missed.
Bring along a camera to catch memorable scenes of wildlife, fascinating landscape, and colorful traditional dancers.
A safari hat is an essential part of your wardrobe as it will offer protection against the tropical sun. The heat of Africa can be scorching and the last thing you need is sunburn.
Last But Not Least
The following items are standard for all international travel:
- Travel documentation, Travel insurance, passport, vaccination certificates.
- The second pair of prescription glasses and your prescription medication
- Photocopies of all personal documents
- Insect repellent
- A good book
Safaris are special indeed, as they enable you to see animals in their habitat. Therefore go out there, get up close and marvel at the power and beauty of these wild creatures. You might get hooked on the safari experience as many others have before you.