This is probably one of the questions our travel consultants get asked the most. There is no definitive list but below are some suggestions that you should find useful. Always bear in mind that you may have a 15-20kg luggage limit if you have light aircraft transfers so the bag you pack your clothes in may need some consideration too.
- Most safari camps will do laundry for you so you don’t need lots of changes of clothing.
- Avoid white as it will get grubby quickly and avoid dark colours as they will attract insects.
- Loose clothing will be more comfortable in the heat.
- Lightweight walking shoes or trainers and a pair of flip flops should suffice for footwear.
- Lightweight breathable trousers and shorts, the zip off trousers are quite popular.
- Long sleeve and short sleeve t-shirts – it’s all about the layering.
- Long sleeve cotton shirt, useful in evenings for covering your arms in case of mozzies.
- Fleece and a waterproof raincoat or poncho.
- Ladies, the game drives can be bumpy so a sports bra is recommended.
- Hat for sun protection and a beanie for warmth on cold mornings.
- Sunglasses, polarized to reduce the glare if possible.
- Spare zip-loc bags, these have so many uses when travelling.
- Sarong which can be used as a sheet, skirt, scarf – you name it.
- Small amount of detergent for doing laundry in case the camp does not offer this.
- Ibuprofen or paracetamol and immodeum
- Antihistamine in case of insect bites.
- Lip balm with an SPF
- Malarial medication if applicable.
- Bird book
- Travel journal
- Cash for tips – US$ are popular, so bring smaller denominations.
- Small torch or head torch – always useful.
- Adapter plug so that you can charge batteries, kindles etc.
- Spare battery and battery charger for cameras, phones, kindles.
- Extra memory card for your camera.
- Binoculars – lightweight ones if possible.
If you are unsure and need any advice, just let our consultants know and they will be happy to help.