Safari packing list


  • 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
  • Medical history
  • Copies of prescriptions
  • Copy of marriage certificate, if applicable especially if you recently tied the knot


  • Wear neutral colours: khaki, light brown/green, tan. Avoid bright colours and white for improved game viewing
  • 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


  • 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


  • 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
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