How to Pack For Your Safari Holiday

Packing for a safari can be a real challenge, when the climate and situation is so different from what we’re used to back at home. There’s no hard and fast rule for packing except ‘don’t rush it.’ Try to take only the essentials. You’ll be surprised at what you can do without.


Probably the first concern on your mind is: what shouldI wear on safari? Clothing is important to get right, but you shouldn’t complicate things. Your staples should be a sun hat, three shirts, a vest, two zip-off trousers, and a lightweight fleece. Make sure all of your clothes breathe – they should be made out of a material that works with, not against, your skin; it will need to cool down in the African sun.

Most outdoor shops should have some form of safari gear, so they are a good place to start. Of course, you should only choose natural colours, such as sand, stone, khaki, green, and olive. You don’t want to frighten the animals. If you’re visiting during the rainy season, take a breathable waterproof with you too. For the evenings, a maxi dress can serve as a posh wardrobe update.

Most safari parks come with a swimming pool – it’s a great way to cool off after a long day in the sun. Remember to take your swimwear!

You’ll also be cursing if you don’t take your sunnies with you. You’ll be doing a lot of trekking, so take some high quality walking boots or sandals with you.

Technical Kit

A good pair of binoculars is well worth the investment money. This way, you’ll never miss the action! But for most, a camera is a serious must-have, so do your best to dig deep into your wallet for a good one – the zoom lens should be pretty high quality, as you’re unlikely to get up close and personal with the African lions! If you have a smartphone, the camera works as a great back up for those unexpected picture-perfect moments.

Health Concerns

Before you leave for your safari park trip, you should visit your travel nurse and get the appropriate inoculations. When packing, you should always take a medical kit specifically tailored for your trip to Africa. Remember protection from the bugs and the sun, as well as supplements to help your digestive system. New bacteria disturb your stomach and the 4am wake-up calls can really take their toll.

Always take massive water bottles with you, so you can stay hydrated throughout the day.

Bits and Bobs

Wet wipes are always a handy addition to luggage, as well as some toilet roll. It’s also nice to take a journal with you to record your experiences. If you don’t want to risk your diary, write down your thoughts in an old notebook that you won’t mind losing. During down time, you might want to do a spot of reading, so bring an interesting book with you.