What To Pack
Panic! What to pack!
Do I need a dictionary or will someone speak English?
Do I have to wear camouflage-gear? What about malaria?
Don’t panic! Here’s the Good Safari Guide low-down on what you’ll find in our suitcase.
Pretty much everywhere we recommend will offer you the chance of doing laundry, so don’t feel you have to pack enough for your whole trip.
Equally, it’s useful to take a little bar of laundry soap so that you can freshen up a t-shirt if you need to.
And most importantly, if you are flying into the bush in a little plane, you will only be permitted 15kg of luggage in a soft holdall so you simply can’t take everything on your trip.
The long-sleeved tops are to protect from insects and from the sun. Choose light colours to repel insects and the sun. The beanie is useful on early morning game-drives or late evening al fresco dining.
Jewelry and high heels are totally inappropriate on safari, but you may find that people like to dress up a little in the evening for dinner at some lodges, although it’s not expected.
Good lodges will not require you to bring your own soap, shampoo, body cream, hair dryer or towel, and may even give you your own water bottle so that you lower your carbon footprint.
Safari Equipment To Pack
- Waterproof and dustproof bag for your camera
- Charging paraphernalia including adapters
- Spare batteries
- Telephoto lens if you can!
- Binoculars – the more expensive, the better
- A flora/fauna guide book
- Malaria pills
- Sunblock and mosquito repellant
- Basic antibiotic in case of minor infections in the bush
- Headtorch – not necessary but could be useful where you don’t have 24hr electricity