What to pack to get the best out of your safari

Tourists on Safari Jeep Watching Lion in Namibia AfricaIf you’re counting down the days until you jet off on a safari adventure, you’re probably thinking about what to pack. With a safari holiday, packing may not be as straightforward as your average beach break. If you’re looking forward to some wildlife encounters as part of a tailor-made South Africa holiday, here are some packing tips to ensure you get the best out of your safari.


Clothing and shoes

It may be hot during the day, especially during the summer months, but temperatures can drop significantly at night, so it’s always wise to pack some warm clothes. Take plenty of light, breathable layers with you. Cotton t-shirts, vests and sweaters work really well, and you can add or subtract layers to suit the temperature. Shorts are fine for game drives, but stick to long trousers for hiking and walking tours.

It’s a good idea to pack a light waterproof, even if you plan to visit in the dry season. The weather conditions can be unpredictable, and you never know when a storm may blow over. Sturdy, comfortable walking shoes are the best option when it comes to footwear, but don’t forget to pack a pair of trainers or some sandals to slip into when you back to camp. Add a cap and a pair of shades and some smarter outfits if you plan to enjoy dinner with a view.

Toiletries and medicines

Even if you’re travelling in winter, it’s wise to pack sunscreen. If you have very fair skin, take a high factor cream, and pack a miniature version in your backpack. You may also need basics like shower gel, shampoo and conditioner if they are not provided by the hotel. It’s wise to take mosquito repellent with you, and cream to soothe bites and stings, just in case. Pack a basic first aid kit with plasters and bandages, painkillers and remedies for upset stomachs.


The point of a safari holiday is to appreciate magnificent surroundings and spot incredible animals in their natural habitat. Most people don’t just want to see the sights with their own eyes, they also want to capture special moments on film. If you’re a fan of photography or you want to share your experiences with friends and family when you get back, make sure you have a good camera at the ready, and pack some spare batteries. Don’t forget to pack the charger if you have rechargeable batteries, and adapters. If you’re keen for the best views, it may also be beneficial to take a pair of binoculars. Video cameras and gadgets like GoPros may also be a worthwhile addition to your carry-on bags if you plan on taking some action shots and short films.