One of the most challenging tasks is what to pack for an African safari! This however, depends on your tour destination of choice and the period of travel. For most of the regions in Africa, the weather is averagely warm throughout the year with some wet seasons and dry spells depending on your destination.
East Africa is generally a good destination as it has only two weather patterns; wet and dry seasons. Your tour operator and safari guides shall be able to help you with all the required details at ease.
African Safari Essentials (must haves):
Yellow fever certificate of immunization
Valid visa – if required
Copies of passport and other essential documents
What to Put on
Generally, the weather in Africa is warm. Shorts and t-shirts are ideal for a safari in most regions of Africa, East Africa in Particular which forms Uganda, Rwanda, Kenya, Tanzania and Burundi. But nights can be cold in some regions so long-sleeved shirts, long trousers and pullovers are essential.
During the warm months, there are many mosquitoes, so your long trousers and long-sleeved shirts can serve as a protection from mosquitoes in the dense forests while on your safari. Mosquito nets are readily installed in most safari lodges, hotels and camps to make sure your sleep is comfortable and protected from mosquitoes.
It is good to maintain clothing in earthly colours such as khaki, brown, beige and olive because bright colours may affect animal behavior.
Footwear is an important aspect of a safari in Africa for walking activities. we recommend comfortable and practical footwear.
Other Safari Essentials
Protective eye-ware – the sun can be harsh on the eyes
Personal first-aid kit (headache pills, antihistamine cream etc
Photographic accessories – batteries and chargers, film, memory cards
Lightweight reading and writing material
Special Medicinal needs
If you have any special medicinal needs, it is vital to carry enough supplies of prescription medicine for the whole duration of your safari. It can be good to bring the prescription with you in case of emergencies.
Luggage on safari
It is recommendable to use a soft bag or backpack for your luggage to a safari in Africa as Safari vehicles and aircraft have limited space. A day pack is also advised for carrying personal items such as binoculars and cameras.