Going on Safari ?? What do you need to pack??

I have a short safari trip coming up and honestly am still obsessing on what to pack. Considering it will be just for 2 nights/ 3 days… I might as well pack the whole house as I can’t make up my mind. 😦

If you are like me ,here is a little guide I use for such trips :

  • Unless you are going on safari alone..avoid using hard -shell suitcases as it will be only be a hindrance in the vehicle or light air craft where the size, shape and rigidity of the suitcase will not work. Opt for a  hardy,lockable soft-sided bag or a duffel bag.
  • A good camera and binoculars (dont forget the charger for the camera)….extra camera batteries if you can
  • A wide brimmed hat to shade you from the sun and sunglasses
  • Sun screen lotion with high protection factor
  • A light jacket for chilly mornings and evenings
  • The trip can be quite bumpy therefore ladies ….a good bra
  • Avoid packing bright coloured clothes…..you wouldnt want to be targeted by the animals  in your neon pink top would you?  The best colours are the safari classics: olive, green and khaki.
  • Swimming costume and flip flops  if you will be staying in a hotel with pool
  • Comfortable walking shoes
  • Flash light
  • Scarf especially in dusty season
  • Mosquito repellant
  • Dont forget to pack your  tooth paste,tooth brush, comb, toilet roll ,deodorant etc. I carry my own soap as I hate those mini soap bars in hotels.
  • Wet wipes
  • Bottled water
  • Most safari vehicles have a basic first aid kit but you can always carry  pain killers. anti-histamines for allergies , eye drops in dusty areas .

Those are the basic essentials for the trip.

Wishing you a lovely week ahead.

Happy travels

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51 Comments Add yours

  1. kage2015 says:

    Have a friend who is headed for a safari will share this with her.

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    1. Thankyou hope she finds it helpful

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  2. Galia.Vu0107 says:

    very helpful information. Thanks

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  3. Cori Carl says:

    I haven’t been on a safari yet, but this sounds like a great list of essentials. Have a great trip!

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  4. It can be hard to decide what to pack really! I’ve never been to a safari trip before, but I can imagine it must be so exciting!! Share some photos 🙂

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    1. Yes…packing is not easy ….. I leave for Masai Mara this weekend …I will definately share photos from the trip

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  5. ferncoll says:

    Short and sweet with everything you need! Great post. I could have done with this before my trip to SA.

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    1. No worries….applies for any future trips too 🙂

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  6. Gokul says:

    The exact stuff I need. Thanks for the info. I am making notes.

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    1. Your welcome and visit soon

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  7. amsylvester says:

    A safari is definitely on my travel bucket list. This guide is a great resource when that time comes. Thanks for sharing!

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    1. Thank you… you welcome to visit

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  8. Hanani M A says:

    Very helpful information 🙂 One day, I have to do this.

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    1. Yes you should… I highly recommend it

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  9. I would LOVE to go on a safari. We’re considering South Africa for our honeymoon next year. I’m so hoping it works out! If so, I’ll be using this post as my packing list!

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    1. Congratulations 🙂 …. I hope you get to do your honeymoon safari…….

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  10. “Avoid packing bright coloured clothes…..you wouldnt want to be targeted by the animals in your neon pink top would you? The best colours are the safari classics: olive, green and khaki.” Very good advice.Most tourists do not think about there being a reason for the safari type of colors people wear. This can save lives.

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    1. Very true Mike…thanks for the comment

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  11. I would love to go on a safari! Will be looking forward to reading about your trip. I would add a scarf to your list – it’s always useful. 🙂

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    1. Oh yeah especially in dusty season… a scarf would be great….
      I will do a post once am back

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  12. hairtothereblog2 says:

    Great advice! I’m a serial over-packer! I’m getting a bit better with age, but a constant struggle!

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    1. Thanks… It does get better 🙂

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  13. feetdotravel says:

    I have been on many safaris and this is definitely the right pack list! People forget the chilly mornings for early morning game drives when you are awake at 5am or 6am and they also may not consider it will be bumpy! Oh yes, they certainly can be. Great guide! #feetdotravel

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  14. Garth says:

    Good tips for a safari, I would never of thought you shouldn’t pack brightly coloured clothes, thanks for that!

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  15. paulandcarolelovetotravel says:

    Useful tips especially the good bra and not wearing bright clothes! Have yet to do a safari but have pinned this for future reference. #feetdotravel

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    1. Thank you…..they will come in handy

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  16. Travel Lexx says:

    Really useful list! I have never been on a safari but am thinking about heading to Africa some day soon! Will save this for later! Thanks for sharing!

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    1. You are welcome to visit…hopefully it will be on this side of continent (East Africa) 🙂

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  17. tracycollins2016 says:

    I have been on many game drives and this is a great list! Particularly about taking a jacket! It can be very cold on those early morning drives in particular!

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  18. Good call on the good bra! I would probably opt for a comfortable sports bra though, I just like them better in general when traveling.

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    1. They are very essential….those roads are no joke 🙂

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  19. I haven’t been on Safari but I can see these are some great tips! I hope you have a great time!

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    1. Hey Sammy ,yes I did….I have some new posts on the blog about the trip

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  20. Great tips on what to pack for a Safari trip. A safari is on my bucket list and I will have to pin this for later. Thanks for Sharing 🙂

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    1. Welcome Stephanie….

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  21. I know how that feels when you want to pack everything! I am heading over to Everest Base Camp and have been preparing my gear as well and it’s a difficult choice as I have to keep in mind, I have to carry everything on my back too! I’d love to go to a safari though some day and I will definitely refer back to this list!

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    1. Oh wow ….sorry for the late response…..how was this trip?

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  22. PackYourBaguios says:

    I’ve always wanted to go on a safari! This looks like a great list and easy to follow

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  23. SamH Travels says:

    Some great tips on what to pack for a safari. I an terrible for packing because I always want to take everything, “just incase”! Hope you had a great time!

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    1. Yes “just incase” ends up being the whole house hahaha

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  24. Elena says:

    I haven’t been on a safari so far, but your packing list seems very helpful. I used to take my whole house with me on my travels, but now a backpack is usually more than enough. I will keep these tips in mind for when I finally go on a safari.

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    1. hehehe me too…a two day trip meant packing the whole house. Yes if you ever come for a safari,it will be quite helpful

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  25. Travel Lexx says:

    Greta list and something I will need to consider when I do eventually go on a safari! Super useful!

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  26. Good point re the bright clothing!

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  27. feetdotravel says:

    These are really good tips! Having been on safari myself, it’s easy to forget that the mornings can be cold and you should take something warm for those 5am starts and yes, in certain parts of Africa, the roads are most definitely bumpy and a good bra is essential (I love that you have included this!). Thanks for sharing and for thinking of everything! #feetdotravel

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  28. How great would it be to go for a safari in Africa! You are gonna have so much fun! Love the suggestion for a good bra and I must agree with you on the hotel soap haha!

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