What to Pack on a Safari

Bags and Backpacks

Soft bag (please avoid using bags with wheels and hard sides). Packing Cubes are also helpful as you will be living out of a suitcase at most camps. Make sure to have good luggage tags with your information on attached to it.

A Geographic Group bag can be provided. Contact us for more information. Backpack carry-on or shoulder bag for camera gear and extras (Binoculars, etc.) Please refer to the luggage restriction notes in the main pre-tour information sheets for more specifics. On the light air transfers (bush flights), weight limits include all checked bags and carry-ons. Consider taking Ziploc bags to protect your gear from the dust. You will find that you will take your carry-on bag along on the games drives to carry your camera and binoculars and possibly a jacket.

What to Bring

Pants & Shorts

  • Mountain Khakis Kuhl Revolvr Pant Camber 107 Pant
  • Prana Stretch Zion Zip off Pants
  • Outerwear

  • Wind blocker jacket and vest – Southern Africa gets cold in June & July
  • Insulation jacket and vest (Fleece and down are good)
  • Footwear

  • Closed shoes (light weight hiking or running)
  • Sandals (Teva or Chaco) Good to wear in Camp and during warmer weather
  • Accessories

  • Small flashlight (extra batteries)
  • Sunglasses (good quality, Polarized is good, not fashion sunglasses)
  • Sun block lotion (spf 30–50) & Lip sun block
  • Toilet articles (deodorant, toothpaste, toothbrush, etc…)
  • Alarm clock (optional)
  • Books for pleasure reading
  • If you wear contacts, please bring some glasses, as sometimes the dust can irritate your eyes- Passport, Visas, Tickets, Money, Credit Cards
  • If you bring Tablets or IPods – bring chargers
  • Medicine

  • Anti-histamine tablets if you suffer allergies
  • Anti-nausea tablets if you suffer from air and travel sickness – General antibiotic (Cipro is a good choice)
  • Photography and Video

  • Extra batteries and battery charger
  • Memory Sticks (bring more than you need as you will be taking thousands of photos)
  • Lens cleaner & lens towel
  • Plastic bag (Ziploc) to protect camera from dust
  • Binoculars – Bring a good pair as it will add to the experience and ability to see the animals better.
  • What NOT to Bring

    Do not bring a Hair drier (these devices pull too many amps and will trip the switch) Do not bring a Tie or Sport Coat (Unless you are on the Blue Train or Rovos Rail) Shampoo and Soaps are provided at all camps and hotels. Do not bring knives. Do not bring a First Aid Kit (All camps have extensive first aid kits)

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