Safari Packing List with Africa Odyssey

16th January 2024

Safari Packing List with Africa Odyssey

Although each country will differ in what we would recommend to bring on a safari, here general list of those bits and pieces we deem essential.

What to Wear on Safari

  • Shorts
  • T-shirts
  • Long trousers
  • Long-sleeved shirts
  • Sweater or fleece
  • Warm jacket
  • Light raincoat
  • Socks & underwear (sports bras are good for ladies during long and bumpy game drives)
  • Pyjamas
  • Swimsuit
  • Comfortable sturdy walking shoes
  • Sandals or flip-flops to wear around camp.
  • Gloves and warm hat for cold mornings
  • Sunglasses
  • Wide-brimmed hat
  • Waterproof bags for anything wet or dusty
  • A sarong / kikoy / shawl is often very useful

Toiletries To Take On Safari

  • Sunblock (SPF30 or higher)
  • Insect repellent (we recommend at least DEET 20%)
  • Lip balm
  • Antihistamine cream for insect bites & stings
  • First aid kit including Imodium and rehydration salts
  • Tissues
  • Malaria tablets (see your doctor before you travel for up-to-date advice)
  • Motion sickness tablets if required
  • Personal toiletries and medication

Other Essentials For Safari

  • Binoculars (we recommend 10×42, Nikon and Fujifilm are good, affordable options. Zeiss or Swarovski are the best but come with a hefty price tag).
  • Camera plus lenses/filters etc, batteries, charger, memory cards. We recommend a minimum zoom of 400mm for keen photographers.
  • Spare batteries and chargers for electronics
  • Travel adaptors
  • Flashlight and head torch.
  • Local guidebooks and wildlife/birdlife guides
  • Credit and ATM cards (check that your bank has international ATM locations to avoid high fees, and tell them where you’ll be travelling before you leave)
  • Cash – US dollars – for camps that don’t accept credit cards, and some in small denominations for gratuities.
  • Mobile/cell phone and charger

Documentation For Travel

  • Passport and photocopies. Ensure you have at least two blank pages for each country you visit.
  • Air tickets and vouchers
  • Itinerary and travel/accommodation vouchers
  • Travel insurance documentation
  • Yellow Fever Inoculation certificate (if applicable).