AFRICAN SAFARI PACKING LIST
African Safari Packing List – Preparing for a dream African Safari Tour requires an advanced packaging list from clothing, and photography, to safety and basic comforts are key not to mention savvy luggage-packing to suit small airplanes and bumpy jeeps/minivans.
For some, simple travel considerations can be doubly daunting when it’s a first-time visit to Africa. But with the right basic idea on what to pack on African Safari Tour, Guests’ safari will not only feel comfortable but also can be the ultimate adventure.
PACK THE RIGHT AFRICAN SAFARI WARDROBE
Versatility and utility are the names of the clothing game. Above all, pack and wear layers, because you may be chilly for sunrise or sunset game drives, and baking in the midday sun. If your African Safari tour brings you to the City as well as to the Safari bush, you will want outfits that serve both scenes. Fortunately, the African Safari look is always on-trend.
For African Safari itself, wear earth-toned colors like tan or natural green to serve as camouflage when spotting wildlife and to keep cool when the African sun heats up. Most pros believe that white and brighter pastel colors are the worst for safari, so leave the hot pinks at home.
Cotton is comfortable, but you may find greater value in fabrics that are insect-resistant, offer SPF sun protection, and wick away moisture to feel cooler in the sun or warmer at night.
DON’T FORGET THE ESSENTIALS
Guests will want sunglasses, a full-brimmed hat with a chin strap, and boots or thick rubber-soled shoes that are comfortable enough for short or long hikes. Wise travelers also know the value of a good buff (a stretchy tube of thin fabric), which can be worn as a scarf, headband, or face cover on dusty roads.
Pay close attention to your travel toiletries. Many basic products may be hard to find in African stores, so pack favorite items that will cover your entire trip duration (including shampoo, lotion, soap, tampons, and toothpaste). And whatever you do, don’t skimp on sunscreen; but do try to use a fragrance-free one since mosquitoes are drawn to fresh scents.
Across Africa, you will likely rely on bottled water. But you can easily avoid single-use plastic bottles if you bring your own reusable bottle, and refill it with store-bought (or hotel-refilled) jugs of spring or purified water.
REMEMBER SAFETY BASICS
When it comes to pre-trip Vaccines, African Safari Packing List in every country is different. So check with your African Embassy to determine which Vaccines and Medicines are recommended in your African Safari destinations, and consult your physician. (Note that where Yellow-fever Vaccines are required, you may need to pack your official “Yellow Card” Vaccination record.) Most African Embassies have up-to-date international-travel information; plus emergency preparedness while abroad. Acquire Adventures Safaris ensures its guests are covered locally under Medical Emergency Evacuation Insurance.
Here are a few core safety tips: drink only bottled water, avoid eating raw foods without peels, mind your sun protection, use hand sanitizer, apply insect repellent, and/or take antimalarial medicine (where needed). Also, pack a basic first-aid kit with medicines to help with headaches, heartburn, diarrhea, sunburn, bug bites, sore throat, and dry eyes.
AFRICAN SAFARI PACKING LIST – THE RIGHT GEAR AND TECH
No matter where you go on Africa Safari Tour, never forget an electrical outlet adapter. It is easy to score one that works in any country, with multiple USB plugs. Consider packing a lightweight USB Battery pack too, where you will always be able to recharge on the go. (Extra points if your USB Battery doubles as a flashlight)
African Safari is undoubtedly a top photography adventure, so the right camera and lenses are clutch. Having a great zoom lens is vital for capturing long-distance wildlife photos, so invest in a point-and-shoot with a killer zoom; or if you’re using an SLR body, then buy, borrow, or rent a telephoto lens. When you see your close-ups of elephants, zebra, rhinos, lions, and other African wildlife, you will be glad you made the effort.
While you are thinking about cameras, consider bringing along a shower cap or plastic grocery bag, both of which make handy dust covers in an open-air jeep/minivan.
A SUGGESTION FOR THE AFRICAN SAFARI PACKING LIST
• Summer clothes for the African Safari Tour. Earth-toned colors like tan or natural green serve as camouflage when spotting wildlife and to keep cool when the African sun heats up. (Strong colors can attract unwanted attention from flies found in certain areas of Parks). It is cheap to get clothes washed, so do not bring much with you
• Summer footwear, wear comfortable lightweight walking shoes/sandals and/or sneakers. Avoid bare feet and legs at night due to mosquitoes
• Plenty of cotton socks and underwear
• Two pairs of light to medium weight slacks or jeans and two pairs of shorts
• Several cotton shirts (long & short sleeved), sweatshirts
• Fuller clothes for evenings at the Hotels and Lodges, such as long pants and long-sleeved shirts to protect you against mosquitoes after sunset and, if necessary, against the sun
• Good Jacket/sweater, ideally waterproof as it can be cool in the morning and evening
• Lightweight Hat that shields against the sun
• Bandana or handkerchief to cover your neckline, between the hat and the shirt/top there will be chances to get exposed to the sun. Swimsuit
• Sunscreen, Sunglasses, Lip Balm
• Basic first-aid kit with personal medicines. Sanitizers, Facemasks, Toiletries e.g. Toothbrush/paste
• Insect repellent/spray but not mosquito coils
• Nail Clippers and File
• Money (cash) for personal spending and tipping, Passport, Air Ticket, Credit Cards (MasterCard/Visa Card, etc
• Comprehensive Travel Insurance
• Safari Camera Gear & Binoculars (Recommend 10 x 40). You will need a long-range lens (300 ideally) to capture the wildlife as you may not get too close to it
• Small tape recorder for night sounds (Optional)
• Extra batteries for Camera/Recorder
• Memory cards, Maps, Guide-books
• Flashlight (Mini-Maglite and headlamps are excellent)
• Power Adaptor with 3-4 sockets – this enables a shaver, trimmer, electric toothbrush, and any batteries to be charged via a single adapter
RECOMMENDED ITEMS TO PACK IN GUEST’S HAND LUGGAGE
• Valid Passport, Air Tickets, Money, Credit Cards (MasterCard/Visa Card, etc
• Shoulder bag with sturdy strap and zip, a Money Belt, or good inside pockets that
can be zipped up
• Comprehensive Travel Insurance
• Basic first-aid kit with personal medicines (always in their hand luggage, just in case guests lose their suitcase while traveling)
• Hand Medicine: analgesic, allergy pills, remedy for diarrhea (maybe Imodium), malaria pills, plasters, sanitizers, facemasks, and disinfectant wipes
• Sunscreen, Sunglasses, Lip Balm
• Binocular – get to see wild animals up close
• Camera and Memory Cards more than guests expect to use, including Battery Charger and Camera Bag to protect it from Africa’s fine, red dust
• Few photocopies of all personal documents such as Valid Passport, Visa, Air Tickets, Comprehensive Travel Insurance, Medical Vaccination Cards, International Credit/Debit Cards, (MasterCard/Visa Cards, etc.) Driving license
• Telephone list for the immediate blocking of lost Credit/Debit Cards and Insurance
• Mail addresses of those you wish to send Postcards or send messages to.
• Notebook and Pens
• A good book or something to keep you entertained.
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