Once you have planned and booked your idea safari getaway to South Africa you can start preparing and packing for your adventure. Here is a list of the top items you should take with you when embarking on a safari.
So you have done some research, chatted to some friendly destination experts and finally taken the leap and booked your exciting safari adventure. It is all so exciting! The chance to head to Africa and see magnificent African wildlife like the Big Five and Hippos, Giraffe and more is just too delightful for words. But before you head off on your adventure here is a list of some of the key items you will want to add to your luggage.
South African weather can be very hot, especially during the hot summer months and it is generally advised that you wear comfortable, light weight, neutral coloured clothing during the day while on safari. Remember that there is a reason why stereotypes exist and you should try to aim to pack beige, brown, khaki and olive coloured clothing as this will help you to blend in with the environment, these colours are also often cooler than darker coloured clothing.
White is usually not recommended as the red African dust can make you look dirty very quickly and it will also attract the animal's attention. You may also need a sunhat and a costume to wear when cooling off in the safari lodge's glistening plunge pool.
If you are planning on heading out on an exhilarating quad biking safari or on a game viewing bush walk or horse ride you may also want to pack some close walking or hiking shoes as these will help to protect your feet and keep the long grasses and sticks from scratching you.
Evenings can become cooler, especially on the back of a game-viewing vehicle so you will want to pack long sleeved shirts and long pants and a warmer but light-weight jacket or jersey for the game drives. In winter time you may even want to bring your beanie and gloves with for the early morning game drives as the predawn air can be chilly. Long sleeves and long pants will also help to protect you from mosquitoes and other pesky insects.
Two very important items to pack when heading out on a safari adventure are sunscreen and insect repellent. Do not be afraid to use both for these liberally and regularly to ensure you are protected from both the sun and insects respectively.
Another useful medial item to pack is eye drops. During game drives, especially if it is fairly windy, small grains of sand and dust can fly into your eyes leaving them feeling sore and sensitive and a few drops of eye drops can really help ease the discomfort. If you wear contact lenses you may also want to pack a pair of glasses to wear if your eyes do become sensitive. The glasses will also help to protect your eyes.
A good quality moisturiser and some 'after sun' cream are also worthwhile additions to the toiletry bag especially if you have very sensitive skin. The climate in the African bush can be extremely dry and you may need to buy and silently stronger or heavier moisturiser than you would usually use every day.
Technology and Gadgets
A good quality pair of binoculars is one of the most important items you will pack when preparing for your safari, especially if you are an avid bird-watcher. Your camera, an extra length zoom if you can attach one and lots of extra memory will not go unused and of course you don't want to forget extra batteries and a battery charger.