What to bring on an African Safari

What to bring on an African Safari


There’s no place quite like Africa, and the Kalahari is a very unique place on the continent.  Warm, dry summer days with afternoon showers and cold, long winters are typical of this region. It is important to know what you should bring along on your African Safari.

  • Good quality sunglasses - preferably polarized. Tinted fashion glasses are not good in strong light
  • Sun hat
  • Safari-shirts, T-shirts and long-sleeved cotton shirts
  • Shorts / skirts
  • Long trousers / slacks
  • Track suit
  • More formal attire for your stay at prestigious city hotels or on one of the luxury trains.
  • Underwear and socks
  • Good walking shoes
  • Sandals
  • Swimwear
  • Warm winter jersey / jacket
  • Warm Anorak or Parka and scarf / gloves for the cold winter months (May to September)
  • Light rain gear for summer months (late November to April)
  • Camera equipment and plenty of batteries
  • If you wear contact lenses, we recommend that you bring along a pair of glasses in case you get irritation from the dust
  • BINOCULARS - ESSENTIAL (and Newman's bird book if you are keen)
  • Personal toiletries (basic amenities supplied by most establishments)
  • Malaria tablets (if applicable)
  • Moisturizing cream & suntan lotion
  • Insect repellent e.g. Tabard, Rid, Jungle Juice, etc
  • Basic medical kit (aspirins, plasters, Imodium, antiseptic cream and Antihistamine cream etc)
  • Tissues/ "Wet Wipes"
  • Visas, tickets, passports, money etc
  • Waterproof / dustproof bags / cover for your cameras.

Please note that bright colours and white are NOT advised whilst on safari. Khaki is best.

Please remember that there may be a restriction on luggage limits on your safari – please ensure that you have the details from us according to your itinerary and ask us ahead of time if you would like details on the feasibility and costs of taking excess luggage with you on any of these restricted luggage safaris.