We get tons of emails each week asking what type of shoes people should bring on safari (comfortable closed walking shoes – either sneakers/trainers like Nike or Addidas or proper outdoor brands like Merrel) or the right kind of dinner dress (there is no dress code on safari other than you feeling comfortable!).
Here’s a little safari suitcase summary packed with useful tips and information for all your budding adventure enthusiasts! :)
|light neutral colours and sensible closed shoes - full marks for gogo!|
Safari destinations in Africa tend to be dry and dusty and infused with smoke haze and this peaks just before the first rains – end of October / November in Southern Africa.
Activities are open air and based on surrounding wilderness.
On safari you can expect to be exposed to sun, wind, dust, vegetation, occasional rain and moisture and bumpy roads. This varies according to your destinations, itinerary and activities.
Safari lodges, camps and mobiles are generally comfortable, informal and relaxed.
Mosquito nets normally form part of your bedding and most destinations have a standard daily laundry service.
Rooms are provided with bathing towels, soaps and shampoos.
Electricity is limited so forget your hair-dryer.
Your camp host invariably has a valuable medical box hidden in his office cupboard.
Your guide is trained for medical emergencies.
You need to pack in a durable soft skinned case that is easy to carry and manipulate into and out of vehicles, helicopters and aeroplanes.
Your bags will be exposed to a limited amount of dust and wear and tear.
Safari vehicles are open sided with minimal roof cover and are custom designed to maximise off road passenger comfort and game viewing experience.
Safari vehicles are generally equipped with a standard fire extinguisher and basic first aid medical box.
If your safari involves light aeroplane travel, you might have a luggage size and weight restriction. Weight is normally restricted to 10 kilograms per passenger on charter aeroplanes - this includes your camera equipment and toiletries.
|light aircraft - the preferred mode of transport when hopping from camp to camp|
(remember laundry is done daily at almost all camps)
Casual comfortable - preferably cotton - with neutral earthy colours – whites & brights to a minimum
1 x hat (as against a cap which does not protect your ears and neck from the African sun)
4 x long-sleeved shirts (sun protection and evening mosquito protection)
2 x shorts / skirts
2 x longs / slacks
4 x pairs socks
1 x windbreaker for cooler weather and evenings
If you are travelling between May and September pack a scarf, lightweight gloves and sweater (or jersey)
Undergarments as comfortably desired
1 x comfortable all terrain walking shoes (sneakers, hiking shoes or boots)
If your itinerary involves water or the beach - 1 x all weather/terrain sandals
2 x t-shirts
Personal toiletries (don’t rely on camp curio shops)
Quality sunglasses with chord – preferably polarised
Flash light – modern light weight sporting “caver’s lamp” is excellent for strength, reliability, weight and light
Skin moisturizer or cream
Binoculars - small, compact, light and 8 x 50 is good - if you can, go for Swarowski
Autan insect repellent - against Tsetse Fly (if your itinerary involves a Tsetse fly area)
See you in the bush!