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What to pack for a safari

When heading on safari, pack very minimal and lightweight earth-toned clothing. Most of our partner camps provide laundry services at no extra cost, so we recommend that you don’t overpack. One of the most important items to remember to include is a windbreaker or fleece, as early morning and night-time game drives can be quite chilly. Keep reading to find out what else we recommend packing.

Soft wide-brim hat and bandana

This is essential for keeping the sun off your face. Packable felt is good but if you are smart enough not to leave it in the taxi, at security or on the plane, wear it from start to finish. A bandana is also useful for keeping hair off your face and protecting you from the elements.


A light puffer jacket/gilet is another essential, particularly for early morning or night-time game drives. The gilet can be layered under the puffer jacket if necessary. If embarking on a safari holiday during the winter months, it is a good idea to pack a warm jacket as temperatures can drop to single digits in some destinations. Recommended brands include Patagonia and Uniqlo.

Lightweight, long-sleeved windproof top

Even in the height of summer, early mornings in open vehicles can be quite chilly so be sure to include a lightweight, long-sleeve windproof top. Most safari vehicles only allow for soft-sided luggage so don’t overpack.

Warm tops

Lightweight, fast-drying long sleeve tops are great for keeping the sun off your arms and for protecting you from mosquitos at night-time. We recommend five or six, max. A few cotton or linen t-shirts are good too.

Khaki or cotton trousers

Three pairs of trousers should suffice as most safari camps have laundry facilities. Nothing too tight-fitting as it won’t be comfortable in the heat. Marks & Spencer, Zara and Uniqlo have a good selection in a range of earth-toned colours.

Evening wear

When on safari, there is no need for fancy outfits. A black top and black trousers paired with a light-coloured puffer jacket will suffice. For men, the same rules apply. A fun, eye-catching necklace can add a pop of colour but leave your favourite jewellery at home.

Accessories and footwear

Scarf, gloves and woollen hats are recommended for the cold, winter months. A lightweight scarf can elevate your evening outfit and also protect from the sun. In terms of footwear, slip-on shoes for the plane, lightweight but robust shoes for the safari (boat shoes are good) and sandals or flip flops for the pool and lounging in the camp/tent.

Camera and binoculars

Some of our partner lodges offer photographic safaris so don’t forget to bring your camera, as well as a compact set of binoculars. If bringing a film camera, remove it from the airport x-ray or the film will get damaged. It is also worth packing an extra SD card and a battery pack if you have one.

Pocket-sized essentials

Sunglasses and a small crossbody or belt bag are very useful on safari. Travel-sized toiletries are a necessity, the most important ones being sunscreen, sun-protective lip balm and insect repellent. A basic medical kit is useful too. Don’t forget to download wildlife and bird e-guides on your phone and/or iPad.


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