Going on safari is an exciting thing! You may not know what you should take, so below is a suggested packing list. We will obviously discuss individual requirements during your booking stage which will relate to your specific destination/s, time of year you are travelling, what the safari includes etc.
In Southern Africa, the winter season begins in May and ends in August. This is also the dry season when virtually no rainfall occurs. Winter days are invariably sunny and cool to warm; however, evening and night temperatures can drop below freezing point in some areas (approx. 8 – 26ºC / 45 – 80ºF).
The in-between periods – April/early May and September/October – still tend to be dry, but the days are cooler than in summer and the nights are warmer than in winter.
- Sun hat/bush hat
- Headscarf/bandana – particularly for dusty dry regions
- Golf-shirts and/or T-shirts – preferably with a sleeve to protect your shoulders from the sun
- Long-sleeved cotton/polyester shirts(lightweight)
- Shorts and/or skirts – really short or tight skirts are not practical for getting in and out of game drive
- Long trousers/slacks
- Comfortable travelling clothes
- Pyjamas – lightweight for summer and warm/thermal for winter
- Underwear – on game drives the roads can be bumpy and uneven so a suitable bra may be required
- Socks – thermal options are recommended for the winter months
- Good closed walking shoes (running/tennis shoes are fine)
- Sandals – preferably low heeled or flat if you are going on safari
- Swimming costume
- Lightweight jersey or fleece for summer/autumn/spring
- Light rain gear or jacket for summer months
- Warm jersey or fleece plus anorak or parka in winter
- Scarf, gloves and beanies/woollen hats for the cold winter months
- Good quality sunglasses, UV protected, preferably polarised. Tinted fashion glasses are not good in strong light.
- If you wear contact lenses, we recommend that you bring along a pair of glasses in case you get irritation from the dust.
- Personal toiletries, dental floss, tweezers, (basic amenities are supplied by most establishments)
- Suntan lotion – SPF 30 or higher recommended
- Tissues/Wet Wipes
- Basic medical kit (aspirins, plasters, Imodium, antiseptic cream and antihistamine cream, etc.)
- Malaria tablets (if applicable)
- Antihistamine tablets if you suffer from any allergies/Anti-nausea tablets if you suffer from motion sickness
- Southern African bird guide if you are a keen birder, e.g. Newman’s or Sasol
- Camera equipment including spare batteries, chargers, film, flash cards, memory sticks, etc.
- Waterproof/dustproof bag or cover for your camera
- We highly recommend that you bring your own pair of binoculars for viewing both wildlife and birds. The recommended general purpose binocular specifications are 8×40 or 10×42.
- Visas, tickets, passports, money, credit cards, insurance details, etc.NOTE: Bright colours and white are not advisable whilst on safari (game drive). Camouflage clothing is not recommended for travel in African countries
- Ensure passport is valid for 6 months and has at least 2-3 open pages.
- Leave a scanned copy of passport with family and keep a copy yourself but kept separately from your original documents.
- Leave Remarkable Africa contact details with family member in the event of an emergency to contact you.
- Travel with a pen.
- Have some US$ cash handy and ensure you use the room’s safes where available.
- Inform your bank of your travel plans to ensure your bank cards are accessible.
- Adapter for plugs – camps should have but always good to have a spare.
- Keep medication and keys for travel bags on your at all times whilst traveling (do not check important/chronic medication in check-in luggage).
- Don’t store valuables in check-in luggage
- Basic amenities such as soap, shampoo, conditioner, mosquito spray, moisturiser, tissues etc are provided in the lodges/camps