Safari Packing List


• Wear neutral colours: khaki, light brown/green, tan. Avoid blue and black, which are colours that attract Tse Tse flies. For walking safaris avoid strong colours and white.

• A safari jacket

• Comfortable short and long sleeved shirts (2 or 3 of each)

• Comfortable shorts and long trousers (2 or 3 of each)

• About 5 sets of underwear

• Pyjamas

• Swimming costume

• Flip-flops or sport sandals (public showers, airing feet)

• Comfortable safari hiking/walking shoes (not white).

• About 5 pairs of socks

• Extra shoelaces


• Insect repellent/Mosquito Coil

• Sunblock and after sun lotion

• A travel towel

• Skin cream

• Malaria tablets

• Citronella or other body soap/shower gel

• Sunglasses – make sure they have polarised lenses.

• Wet wipes/hand sanitizer or no-water/antibacterial soap – very handy in the safari vehicle.

• Pocket Knife with scissors

• Toothbrush/toothpaste/dental floss

• 2-in-1 shampoo/conditioner

• Tweezers

• Lip balm

• Q-tips & cotton balls

• Razor & shaving cream/gel

• Sanitary requirements (shops are sometimes few and far between, and very basic)

• Band aids

• Painkiller

• Antiseptic cream

• Motion sickness tablets

• Anti-diarrhoea medicine

• Re-hydration salts

• Pen/pencil

• Plastic bags (wet washing/muddy shoes/organise clothes in suitcase)

• Small compass

• String/rope (washing line, tying sleeping bag, etc.)

• Cold/flu tablets

• Allergy remedy

• Some people take a basic antibiotic in case

• Sterile needles (in case you need an injection and don’t trust the hygiene conditions)

• Prescribed medicine


• Travel light, as mobility will be the key to a comfortable Safari experience

• Suitcases with wheels don’t work very well in the African bush – a backpack would be more suitable


• Binoculars

• Flashlight or headlamp

• Camera, memory cards, extra batteries, battery charger and lens cleaner

• Money belt

• Washing powder/travel soap for laundry

• Plug adaptors – generally in Africa it’s 3-prong round or square

• Lighter/waterproof matches

• Travel alarm clock

• Mini combination locks (keys get lost)

• Mini sewing kit


• Passport & correct visas

• Emergency phone numbers

• Africa travel insurance policy

• Extra passport photos

• Copy of your passport, kept in a separate place than your passport

• Copy of marriage certificate, if applicable especially if you recently tied the knot

• Medical history

• Copies of prescriptions

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