Leave nothing to chance. Pack carefully for your African Safari adventure. If you are travelling beyond the borders of South Africa, you might want to look at the list below.
The African bush offers many an unforgettable experience, with rich wildlife and exciting destinations. Whether you plan to visit national parks such as the Kruger National Park or visit a safari lodge in East Africa, coming prepared is essential.
You can enjoy night game drives or horseback riding. If you spend time in a safari vehicle anywhere in Southern Africa, there are also specific things you'll need to be prepared. Enjoy the natural habitat and wildlife at luxury safari lodges in Southern Africa and come ready for the adventure of your dreams.
Most of us don't know what to take with us and what to exclude. Is your trip going to include a beach destination, a visit to a town or city, or is it an African wildlife adventure? Ensure your safari packing list is comprehensive. This will ensure a comfortable and pleasing travel experience.
Luggage allowances on safaris are often limited. One soft bag and a smaller piece of hand luggage is ideal. These should not exceed 20kg.
Limiting the number of bags is especially useful when travelling on smaller charter flights. When luggage exceeds 20kg, you might end up paying for an extra seat on the plane. Additional camera equipment is usually considered as extra baggage.
You will often find that the daytime on safari is extremely hot. Shorts and short-sleeved shirts are good options. When you go on early morning are late evening safari trips with expert guides, you may need something warm to ward off the chill of the wind, as safari vehicles are usually open to the air.
Between dusk and dawn, the mozzies come out to play. You would be wise to pack in loose, long-sleeved cotton shirts and pants for dusk, dawn, and night-time when they are most active. Long-sleeved shirts with collars also protect sensitive skin from the harsh African sun.
Wearing bright colours on safari is not advisable. It is better to blend in with your natural surroundings wherever possible.
White is never a practical option when travelling in the great outdoors. And in Africa, bear in mind that you need not pack in your camouflage clothing. Some areas might arrest you for wearing camouflaged clothing. It's best to leave these behind and let the military wear theirs instead.
In certain regions, you may need to adhere to certain dress codes. In certain African countries, a strict dress code forms part of certain cultures. Shorts are not allowed in certain territories in Africa. Women need to cover up in a modest fashion.
Luckily, many people are not very stringent on tourists during a bush experience. If you've booked into luxurious accommodation, you may be shown leniency. If you visit a country that follows Sharia law in Northern Africa, such as Nigeria, this may no longer be the case.
Mosquitoes in African can carry the risk of deadly infectious diseases. It will be important to prevent mosquito bites in a safe, natural, and effective way on your African safari experience. You can take oral medications for the prevention of malaria infection and use Mozzie Skin Patches to stop mosquito bites.
Sunscreen is important, since the African sun can damage your skin. It's notoriously hot at almost every African safari destination when you're in the sun. Hats, sunscreen, and sunglasses will help make the experience enjoyable.
These are some of the basic essential items we suggest you pack for your African adventure. Other items we haven't added to the list, but which you will undoubtedly pack, are your phone, battery charger, batteries, torches, your passport, credit cards, and a well-stocked medical kit.
Keep your family free of pesky mozzies on your travels. Our range of patches come in a variety of sizes for your convenience. Find out which areas are high-risk malaria areas and what seasons are best for travel. It is smart to find out these facts long before you plan your trip.