Packing for a safari should be as much fun as the safari itself. Keep in mind strict luggage limitations and potential baggage loss when you pack your safari clothing, safari equipment, toiletry & medical kit, and documents.
Most camps that we transport clients to, provide the following:
Most people make the mistake of taking along too much clothing. Take along comfortable, casual and semi-casual, “wash and wear” clothes that will fit into the bush as well as to relax in, at your lodges or hotels.
In the summer (October to April), temperatures can be very hot (40 Celsius or 104 Fahrenheit). You will feel most comfortable in shorts and T-shirts during the day. You will appreciate long sleeved shirts and pants to avoid sunburns, they will also protect you from mosquitoes in the evening. Temperature may drop sharply at nights: also pack a jersey, pullover and warm jacket, you will enjoy sitting by the campfire at night.
If you plan your safari in the winter (May to September), when the temperatures range from 23 – 28 degrees Celsius (73-83 Fahrenheit). during the day, but early mornings and evenings can be very cold (temperatures can go as low as 2 – 10 degrees Celsius). Be sure to have adequate warm comfortable clothing includes a warm jacket, especially for the early morning game drives. Do not forget a rain jacket. Bandanas, cotton scarfs and a sarong or pashmina may be very useful as well.
Optical & electronics
First Aid Kit
We have First aid kits in the camps, but if you travel otherwise you may like to carry your own kit, and also you must include your own malaria tables and personal medicines.
When travelling on normal scheduled international flights, the luggage limit is usually 20kgs per person. On light aircraft transfers, there is a 20 kg per person limit on luggage. This is for safety and space reasons. Please note that this 20 kg includes any cameras, camera bags and associated equipment. No hard suitcases or bags with wheels can be transported as they physically cannot fit into the aircraft. We insist on a soft carry-on (instead of a suitcase) with the following maximum dimensions: 80 cm by 30 cm.
If it is necessary to bring extra baggage, we can usually “sell” you an extra seat, allowing you to bring an additional 70kgs (154lbs). The cost of this extra seat varies depending on your safari. The luggage limit is taken very seriously by charter companies. Additional luggage can result in an extra aircraft being used and charter companies reserve the right to charge at least US$600 per person. Ideally, you will carry 1 large travel bag and 1 hand luggage bag only – amounting to a total of 20 kgs.