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The ultimate guide on what to pack for an African Safari



So, you’ve booked that dream safari in Africa, one of life’s ultimate bucket list experiences, and part of the excitement is the preparation and planning prior to going on the trip.

Knowing what to pack, especially if it is your first safari, can feel daunting, but fear not, with the help of some great articles written by some of our favourite travel bloggers, here are some invaluable tips on how to pack for a safari, whether you are going to Kenya, South Africa, or travelling as a family.

Lucy, from the blog On the Luce, has nailed down the best packing techniques after 20 years of travelling and she shares what to pack for an African safari here.

Kiersten, author of blog The Blonde Abroad, shares her packing tips based on her safari in Kenya during March, which was the beginning of the wet season. You can read it here.

Jennifer and Tim, professional travel writers and photographers who visited the Serengeti, have shared their packing essentials for a safari here.

If you are visiting South Africa, Sher She Goes, a NYC based duo, have got brilliant advice on what to pack, based on their safari in Kruger National Park, here.

Passport covers

Angie, from the Luxury Travel Blog SilverSpoon London, has written about what she packed for her South African safari in Kruger here.  Particularly useful as it is tailored for packing light, perfect for the aircraft luggage restrictions you have on safari.

Liv, a 20-something Canadian expat, currently living and working in London, shared her essentials to Pack for a Camping Safari here based on her Wildebeest Tour in Kenya.

Sarah, from the blog Solo Mum Takes Flight, shares her Safari Packing List for Families, an essential for any family safari planning! It is filled with the items she found to be indispensable on her safari.

Megan, from the blog Got To Be Gourmet, went on a safari for her birthday to Ol Donyo Lodge, Kenya, in October 2017 and has written a blog post about her hints and tips for how to prepare for a safari after getting contrasting information for her own trip. You can read her helpful advice here.

Leopard jumping over water


Our Somak Holiday Safari specialists have also shared their essentials to pack for an African Safari, having explored Africa extensively, and these are as follows:

  • A Sarong, which can double up as a scarf
  • Sunglasses
  • Antibacterial gel
  • A hat
  • T-shirts and cotton shirts
  • Shorts/skirts
  • Long trousers/linen trousers
  • Good comfortable walking shoes
  • Sandals
  • A swimming costume – there are amazing pools at some hotels and lodges
  • Light waterproof jacket for the evening
  • Camera and video equipment, memory cards and spare batteries. If you have a GoPro or similar action camera, these would be great tool.
  • Binoculars
  • Malaria tablets
  • Sun block lotion
  • Insect repellent
  • Basic medical kit (aspirins, plasters, Imodium, antiseptic cream and anti-histamine cream, etc.)
  • Tissues and wet wipes
  • A good torch and spare batteries

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