Packing the Essentials for an African Safari

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Packing the Essentials for an African Safari

Heading off to your first African Safari? We’re very jealous, and it will have been one of the best holiday decisions you and your family have ever made. Such a unique experience, in the heart of the African bush, does however require a little bit of extra planning when it comes to your packing. If you’re used to a beach holiday, or one where you throw a few things into a bag and hope for the best, you may need to put aside a bit more planning time this time around, in order to get the items you need, but to also ensure that everyone in your family has the right items for the trip, especially if you’re planning a multi-week vacation. Let’s explore the most essential items to pack for an African safari, ahead of your departure on the adventure of a lifetime.

Clothes for an African Safari

A couple of essential items you should keep in mind for the trip, especially as you will be going on a fair amount of game drives, includes long-sleeve shirts (game drives are often at sunrise and sunset), a lightweight raincoat, comfortable shorts, trainers that you’re comfortable getting a bit muddy and dirty, as well as enough pairs of socks. You want to be able to immerse yourself in the experience fully, rather than stressing about if you have enough of the right item, so pack extras. The most important thing to keep in mind, is that you’ll be in a location that can be very dusty, very hot and very dry, but also, at times it will be prone to some epic thunderstorms. Read up on the weather forecast during your visit, and plan accordingly using this, but go in prepared for either.

Special Accessories

When detailing a couple of special accessories you should be thinking about packing, your list should firstly include a sunhat for those scorching African afternoons, especially if you’re from a region that doesn’t get a lot of sun. The African sun can be harsh and you need to be prepared. Sunglasses with good UV protection are also a must-have. You won’t be sorry for packing a swimsuit, as you never know when the opportunity may arise to use it, but also, because most lodges have pool areas where guests can unwind after daily activities. Flip-flops are a must-have as well, especially if your feet will be in walking shoes or hiking boots for a couple of hours a day. A money belt is a great idea, and some extra bags to keep your dirty laundry separate to your clean items will ensure you’re able to stay organised even while you’re on the go.

Toiletries and First Aid

While most camps and lodges will have the basics as a standard, it’s never a bad idea to pack a few extra essentials to help you on your way, should you need anything over and above the usuals. Your personal toiletries are a must, especially if you’re a little more fickle about the products you like to use. Sunscreen is very important, preferably with a protection of SPF 30, as the African sun takes no prisoners. Other essentials to bring include after-sun cream, mosquito repellant, antihistamines if you’re prone to sinus or allergic reactions, some painkillers, flu medicine as a backup, band aids and a basic antiseptic cream. While it may seem like a lot, packing travel size options and keeping items in one or two tupperware units will mean you are always good to go, and prepared for any situation.

Questions About Packing for Safari

If you’ve got any questions about the items you should be bringing along on a Safari vacation, the team at Adventour Africa are glad to answer anything that may have crossed your mind in the process. With decades of experience and thousands of guests booked on their safari packages, they have extensive experience in the field, and are happy to assist where possible. If you’re still questioning whether you would like to go on a Safari holiday, reach out to them and enquire about their packages, which may even help you save a bit of money on your upcoming holiday. The African bush provides the opportunity for a once in a lifetime holiday experience, and you won’t be disappointed with the experience, especially if you’re looking for something a little more outside your comfort zone. Being a prepared traveller and packing the right items is an essential way to make sure the holiday goes down with minimal hitches. You’ll thank us later!

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