What to pack for your 2021 Safari?

2021 Safari?

Congratulations on booking your African Safari holiday! The planning is finally over – your documentations are all sorted, and your flights have been booked, BUt you are probably wondering what you should pack for your 2021 Safari?

The secret to packing for your safari is simple – Less is More. Packing less is extremely important if you are flying into your safari destination as the luggage limit for flights is 20kg per person which includes hand luggage plus checked-in luggage.

Suppose your safari is an extension of your holiday and your luggage is more than 20kg – this is not a problem.  Most International Airports in Africa have luggage storage facilities. Chat to your dedicated travel expert at Discover Africa, who will assist and advise you on the best solution for your excess luggage to be stored, safely and conveniently.

It is advisable to pack your luggage in a soft-sided tote or duffel bag and to include a day pack to carry any essentials you might need whilst on game drives.

What you should pack for your safari

Packing light will save you many headaches.  Remember that you do not have to buy a camouflaged kit – in fact, you don’t even need specialised equipment. 

The rule of thumb is to pack comfortable, lightweight clothes that can be layered. Layering your clothes will keep you warmer than relying on one thick item AND avoid bright colours. The best colours are Autumn hues – beiges, browns, greens etc.  White is not suitable for a safari as it increases your visibility to the animals you want to get a closer look at, and it will get dirty very quickly.

A fleece or sweater and a light windbreaker are essential for game drives as you might go out on a hot day but faced with a chilly evening on your return to the lodge.  Some destinations have a steep temperature gradient, i.e. sweltering days and very cool nights.

Winter in the bush – April to October – can be quite cold during your morning and evening game drive, so it is advisable to pack a warm fleece, gloves, beanie and scarf.

Suggested packing list for your African Safari

  • Passport, visas, vaccination certificate, airline tickets, credit card & money
  • Day pack or small carry on bag
  • Camera equipment and Binoculars
  • Sun Hat
  • Anti-malaria medication – if required
  • Sunglasses
  • Prescription medicines
  • Small kit for your personal use or first aid supplies – your own experience and preferences will influence your choice.
  • Insect Repellent
  • Sunscreen & unscented moisturising lotion
  • Lip balm
  • Small flashlight/torch
  • Photocopy of airline tickets and passports

Clothing suggestion for a 3 – 5 night safari stay

  • 2 pairs khaki cotton pants – not jeans as these are pretty hot
  • 2 pairs of shorts
  • 2 long-sleeved shirts
  • 2 Casual Dresses for dinner (Ladies)
  • 1 Pair of Sandals (Ladies for Dinner)
  • 1 light sweater or sweatshirt
  • 1 lightweight. Waterproof windbreaker
  • 1 or 2 pairs of sturdy walking or hiking boots or running shoes
  • 1 pair of flip flops
  • 3 to 5 short-sleeve sleeved shirts or t-shirts
  • Underwear and socks
  • Hat with a brim – to protect face and neck
  • Personal toiletries – although most lodges do supply these, like shampoo, shower gel, hand lotion
  • Swimming Costume – your lodge or camp will most likely have a pool area for a dip during the heat of the day. 

The best advice is to choose comfort above everything else.  Comfort does not have to be frumpy – a cute safari-style is easily achieved with comfortable layers that will keep you warm on early morning game drives and cool during hot afternoons.

Happy packing! We look forward to seeing you in Africa.