So you’re super excited about your looming African adventure holiday but since an Africa safari is not something you do every day you wonder what the on earth should you pack! Here are 9 top to bottom essential tips on what you should pack for your Africa safari.
- Don’t forget your hat! Choose wisely – one that shades your eyes and covers the back of your neck. Sun stroke would definitely spoil your African adventure holiday so don’t forget.
- Sunglasses – absolutely essential to shield your eyes from the bright African sun that will reflect across the Savannah plains.
- An Africa safari requires neutral colour clothing. Avoid bright colours since you don’t want to attract the attention of and scare the wild game you want to see. White is neutral but it showcases every single mark! Khaki, brown, beige and olive colours are perfect. Another advantage of light neutral clothes is they will repel heat. Dark clothes will make you feel hotter.
- Take lightweight clothing that is non synthetic (cotton and linen) on your African safari. Remember the African sun and how hot it can get (dependent of course on the time of year of your visit). You’ll need to let your skin breathe so choose the right fabric to allow this. Light clothing also allows you to layer comfortably, a great advantage because it may hot in the day, but chilly at night.
- Throw in long sleeves! Yes, it’s hot but if you pack light weight long sleeves you can protect against sunburn since you can keep yourself covered up without feeling too hot. Long sleeves are also essential at night to avoid mosquito bites.
- Warm clothing is also essential! Day time can be very hot in Africa but the temperature can sometimes drop at night. Hoody’s and socks will be missed if you don’t pack them.
- Take big pockets or trousers with big pockets! You’ll find you’ll have lots to carry – insect repellent, water, camera, sunscreen, sunglasses, binoculars, bird books…
- Comfortable walking shoes are essential especially if you are doing a walking safari. The right shoes are still important for outdoor activities in and around the natural environment of the lodge. Open shoes like sandals will be sufficient if you will not be walking anywhere with thick undergrowth that could scratch your skin. Sandals are however much more comfortable for the evenings entertainment of music and food around open camp fires.
- There’s no need to pack the kitchen sink! Don’t over pack. Most hotels, lodges and camps will provide laundry facilities and nothing makes travelling long distances more simple than light baggage that you don’t have to lug around.