Items to carry while going on Safari
Here’s a list of most important items to pack when going on safari.
- Shorts and t-shirts or light trousers for the daytime. Neutral tones like beige, khaki, stone and light brown don’t show the dirt and dust to which you’ll be exposed.
- A pair of good walking boots, if planning any walking safaris.
- A wide brimmed hat to shade you from the sun – this should have string/straps, if standing in the van or jeep – it could be blown off.
- Plenty of high factor sun protection lotion/cream.
- A good pair of binoculars.
- Long trousers and long- or short-sleeved shirts for the evening, for men, as protection from mosquitoes; similarly for the ladies, maxi dresses are popular, plus a pashmina, if chilly.
- A fleece/jumper/sweater for the early morning (or a safari jacket) and evening game drives, as it tends to get a bit chilly, especially in the highlands and the Masai Mara.
- Plenty of film or flash card memory for your camera and a battery charger.
- A small first aid kit.
- Swimming costumes/bathing suits as most of the lodges and camps have swimming pools.
- Good pair of sun glasses as you are on the equator where the sun is very powerful. Prescription sun spectacles are not recommended as may scatch or fall off in the van.
- A small maglight or flashlight.
- A bottle of drinking water in your hand baggage. Most vans will have coolers for which you can order drinks from the lodge/camp the night before, if going out all day or for a game drive.
- Mosquito repellant, trap or mosquito electric ball with chips, (most lodges and camps provide these)
It is best to pack it in a canvas holdall as space can be limited on some of the vehicles. It is also useful to take a small rucksack on the vehicle with you for carrying your camera, binoculars, spare film and any thing you might need whilst travelling in the vehicle.