Going on a Southern African safari is the adventure of a lifetime, make sure you pack the right gear.

We all know what to take with us when we travel, right? But if you've traveled before, you know how easy it is to forget to pack that one important thing. Or what it feels like to arrive somewhere and wonder "Why didn't I think of bringing that?"

So here's a basic list of helpful hints and reminders of what you need to bring to make sure that your dream safari doesn't turn into a nightmare.


  • Thick socks and comfortable walking shoes or hiking boots.
  • Your camera and binoculars.
  • A small torch.
  • Extra film for film cameras and an extra memory card or two for digital cameras.
  • Travel sized alarm clock.
  • Spare batteries and chargers for all electrical gadgets.
  • A universal travel adaptor plug that will work with South African wall outlets.
  • Extra travel locks.
  • Sunscreen, sun hats and sunglasses.
  • Beanie, scarf and warm jacket in winter (temps around 40 - 50F early in the morning); layers work best!
  • The atmosphere can become very dry, so remember your moisturizer and Chap Stick.
  • Permitted medicines including Band-Aids, eye drops and insect repellent.
  • All necessary personal toiletries including antibacterial gel or -wipes, nail clippers and tweezers.
  • Extra Ziplock bags, safety pins and rubber bands - you never know when you'll need it, but you'll be glad that you have it when you do need it!
  • Check your airline's regulations on transporting liquids and gels. You may have to pack these into your check-in luggage - the same goes for any sharp objects such as nail scissors or clippers.
  • Check your Visa requirements.
  • Check your inoculation requirements.
  • Make certified copies of your passport and keep these safe.
  • Bring a good book to read.
  • Bring a journal to capture your memories and thoughts while on safari.

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