Deprecated: mysql_connect(): The mysql extension is deprecated and will be removed in the future: use mysqli or PDO instead in /home/a26f9f83/public_html/articles/includes/config.php on line 159
African Safari Gear Packing List - What To Take Along > NetSparsh - Viral Content you Love & Share

African Safari Gear Packing List - What To Take Along

The last thing you want on an African safari is to realise that you have left any important safari gear behind.

Because of the nature of safari there are some things that are essential to take with and others that you can do without because they are only going to add to your luggage weight.

This is a listing of some of the "must have" safari gear you need to pack to take along which forms a part of the full safari packing list that you can print out to tick off each item as you go along.

This safari packing list is based on the packing advice and recommendations from a collection of safari trip reports and my own experience in packing for the dozens of safaris that I have been on...


If you are going on a walking safari it's essential that you get the safari clothing right. Bright colours are definitely to be avoided.

My wife and I went on a walking safari in Botswana and we came across a group of elephant that the tracker wanted to take us closer to but because my wife was wearing a red shirt she had to wait further away for fear of the elephants noticing us. So remember to pack the following safari gear...

  • Clothing in neutral colours: khaki, light brown/green, tan. Avoid bright colours and white for improved game viewing.
  • Comfortable non-synthetic short- and long sleeved safari shirts (2 or 3 of each)
  • Comfortable non-synthetic shorts and long trousers (2 or 3 of each)

    Every safari company worth its salt should have a first aid kit available for use by its clients so it might be a good idea to check with them first if they do and what it contains.

    But if you have specific medicine requirements then take it with as it might not be available in the areas you are going on safari in.

    • Sun block and after sun
    • Towel - travel towel is light and takes very little space
    • Skin cream
    • Insect repellent/mosquito coils (do not use coils in tent)
    • Anti-malaria medication
    • Citronella or other body soap/shower gel
    • Wet wipes/hand sanitizer or no-water/antibacterial soap ? very handy in the Landrover etc.
    • Band aids and moleskin
    • Pocket knife (Swiss/Leatherman type)
    • Small scissors, if not on your Leatherman/Swiss knife
    • Small unbreakable mirror
    • Plastic bags (wet washing/muddy shoes/organise clothes in suitcase)
    • Book to read between game viewing and other leisure time
    • String/rope (washing line, tying sleeping bag, multitude of uses!!)
    • Cold/flu tablets
    • Allergy remedy
    • Some people take a basic antibiotic in case
    • Prescribed medicine (enough to last your trip)


  • The thing to remember when choosing safari luggage is mobility. You might be moving between several different modes of transport (airplanes, cars, light aircraft, trucks, boats) so plan accordingly.
  • Suitcases with wheels don't work very well in the African bush but they are adequate if you don't mind carrying them. (A good safari company will probably have someone on hand to carry your luggage for you).
  • A daypack is very handy to transport the safari gear you need while driving around in the safari vehicle or walking through the bush

    There is one item of safari gear that you should never be without on your trip and that is binoculars.

    The frustration of seeing an animal in the distance and not being able to take a closer look because you don't have a good pair of binocs is intense.

    Many safari companies do supply them for you but they might be a little battered and bent with use and you will also have to share them with other members of the group which will mean less viewing time for you.

    • Binoculars (essential safari gear)
    • Torch
    • Camera and film (can be expensive and/or difficult to obtain) and extra flash batteries and lens cleaner
    • If taking a digital camera: memory stick(s)/data card(s), charger and extra batteries
    • Small bean bag to substitute a tripod
    • Sleeping bag (may be supplied by safari company so check first)
    • Travel pillow, or you can use your polar fleece/windbreaker
    • Small calculator (or if you're taking your mobile phone) for currency calculations
    • Money belt


    Visa requirements are an important consideration especially if you are going on safari in multiple African countries as some of them have different visa terms. Your travel agent or safari operator should be able to help you with this so make sure you check with them...

    • Passport and correct visas
    • Emergency phone numbers
    • Insurance policy
    • Guide book(s) covering the area you're visiting ? it should include animals/birds pages for easy identification
    • Your itinerary
    • Addresses and mobile numbers (postcards/e-mails/texts)
    • Any vaccinations certificates
    • The complete safari packing list can be found at the African safari journals website which will ensure that you never leave anything important behind for your safari. Print it out and tick it off.

      Not sure where to go on safari? These are the Top Five Safari Destinations in Africa ranked by using trip reports from previous visitors to these areas.

      In The News:

      This RSS feed URL is deprecated, please update. New URLs can be found in the footers at

      Northwest Georgia News

      Kids vs. Wild Camp getting kids outdoors and into nature
      Northwest Georgia News
      Other activities during the week include archery, canoeing and boating, outdoor cooking, fire safety, nature crafts, wildlife identification, first aid and much more. The next session is scheduled for July 16-20. Call 706-291-0766 to get on a wait list ...

      Android Central

      How to use an Amazon Cloud Cam outdoors
      Android Central
      Even if you want to use your Cloud Cam outdoors, you'll still be using an indoor camera outside where it's not intended to be used and will be susceptible to the elements (depending on your placement, of course). While this housing does a really good ...

      and more »

      This LLBean campaign brings new meaning to out of office
      "We want to enable and inspire many of our outdoor enthusiasts to get outside," says Chris McDonough, chief sales and brand officer at Freeport, Maine-based LLBean, noting that the campaign aims to make the outdoors approachable. The retailer worked ...

      and more »

      News 12 Bronx

      Bronx residents head outdoors as temps soar
      News 12 Bronx
      Plenty of Bronx residents spent time outdoors Monday as high temperatures soared into the 90s. Kids were using the sprinklers at the Jennie Jerome Playground, while street vendors were selling water bottles and ices to parkgoers. MORE: Weather Center ...

      The Durango Herald

      Colorado Trail Days will celebrate the outdoors
      The Durango Herald
      The annual Colorado Trail Days celebration will still be held this year, even as much of the outdoors space in La Plata County is closed to the public. “The mountain landscape and outdoor recreation is why many of us have chosen to live here, so the ...

      5280 | The Denver Magazine

      Women's Wilderness Empowers Girls to Love the Outdoors
      5280 | The Denver Magazine
      In the late 90s, Laura Tyson noticed a major issue in the outdoor industry—it was decidedly male-centric. After doing some research, she realized that while there were plenty of programs that offered courses in outdoor education, none catered directly ...

      5280 | The Denver Magazine

      At This Outdoors Preschool, Nature Is the Classroom
      5280 | The Denver Magazine
      The Stapleton-based preschool is the first in the Mile High City to operate in a fully outdoor classroom: no building, no water, no electricity, no indoor bathrooms. Instead, students ages 3 to 6 learn by exploring Bluff Lake Nature Center, where the ...

      Outdoors: Using bucktail jigs to catch stripers
      Gloucester Daily Times
      This time of year, using bucktails for stripers can be very productive. These linesiders love to feed when the water is moving quickly. Here is a three-way system that is easy to build and especially easy to fish where there are rip tides, rocky ...

      Outdoors notices: Monday, June 18, 2018
      Venture Outdoors is offering a Rock Climbing Event from 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday at Laurel Highlands. Learn from experienced guides as they teach participants about equipment, safety, tying knots, how to belay and other experienced climbing techniques.

      Wolverine kept PFAS outdoors at polluted tannery
      ROCKFORD, MI -- Historical records show that Wolverine World Wide once stored toxic chemicals that are polluting the Rogue River in an unpaved area outdoors at the footwear company's former leather tannery complex in downtown Rockford. A pollution ...

      Google News

    Great Family Camping Trips Make Excellent Traditions

    A wonderful way to invest in your families' treasure trove... Read More

    Join the American Hiking Society

    Have you taken up hiking as a new form of... Read More

    True North & Magnetic Declination - A Trick to Make it Stick

    Magnetic declination is an essential principle to understand when navigating... Read More

    Top Five African Safari Destinations

    Any vacations in Africa will not be complete without going... Read More

    Is The Workamper Lifestyle For You?

    If you've been dreaming of traveling the highways in your... Read More

    Experience The Real Florida

    Every year around 40 million visitors come to Florida for... Read More

    Bird Safaris: Timbavatis Most Desired Plumage

    Normally when you think Safari you think Big 5. The... Read More

    Finding Adventure In Little Things

    We recently planted our saskatoon berry trees. I am sure... Read More

    A Thumb Sketch Outline of Tanzania?s Attractions and National Parks

    The Northern Circuit is probably Africa's most dramatic wildlife area.... Read More

    Tamil Nadu ? A potpourri of culture and festivity

    Tamil Nadu is a delightful anachronism. With a rich culture... Read More

    The Great Outdoors is to be Explored and Loved in all its fullness

    The thing with enjoying the great outdoors is seeing aspects... Read More

    Mammoth Cave: One of the Most Beautiful in Our National Park System

    Directly south of Louisville, just off Interstate 65 and not... Read More

    Stay Out of That Old Mine!

    It seems like the most adventurous thing in the world.... Read More

    Viewpoints on Whale Watching in Hermanus!

    If you're looking to spot a whale, the first few... Read More

    Camping and Outdoor Activities: Get Involved with Nature

    Camping mixed with outdoor activity is a great way to... Read More

    Backyard Camping Trip

    Are your kids begging you to take them camping, but... Read More

    A Fishy Road Trip in Cairns

    The Cairns Fishing Adventure A Great Australia Road TripYou love... Read More

    Inflatable Boats: An Overview

    Inflatable boats are made from flexible material, usually rubber, canvas,... Read More

    Traveling To and Around Hawaii, A First-Time Visitors Primer

    Six different islands in Hawaii are open to tourism. Most... Read More

    Where to Find Some of the Best Beaches in the World

    We think that Cape Town has some of the best... Read More

    Solo Backpacking

    Have you ever gone solo backpacking? If you have, you'll... Read More

    How to Repair an Inflatable Boat

    The owner can attempt small inflatable boat repair if factory-gluing... Read More

    Dont Forget that Camping Gear Checklist Before You Leave on that Family Camping Adventure

    A camping gear checklist is an important tool to help... Read More

    Lake Winnipesaukee ? The Smile of the Great Spirit

    Lake Winnipesaukee is the largest and one of the deepest... Read More

    No Artificial Ingredients Indeed

    Back from our family's vacation to Costa Rica, I am... Read More