African Safari Gear Packing List - What To Take Along
The last thing you want on an African safari is to realise that you have left any important safari gear behind.
Because of the nature of safari there are some things that are essential to take with and others that you can do without because they are only going to add to your luggage weight.
This is a listing of some of the "must have" safari gear you need to pack to take along which forms a part of the full safari packing list that you can print out to tick off each item as you go along.
This safari packing list is based on the packing advice and recommendations from a collection of safari trip reports and my own experience in packing for the dozens of safaris that I have been on...
If you are going on a walking safari it's essential that you get the safari clothing right. Bright colours are definitely to be avoided.
My wife and I went on a walking safari in Botswana and we came across a group of elephant that the tracker wanted to take us closer to but because my wife was wearing a red shirt she had to wait further away for fear of the elephants noticing us. So remember to pack the following safari gear...
TOILETRIES & FIRST AID
Every safari company worth its salt should have a first aid kit available for use by its clients so it might be a good idea to check with them first if they do and what it contains.
But if you have specific medicine requirements then take it with as it might not be available in the areas you are going on safari in.
There is one item of safari gear that you should never be without on your trip and that is binoculars.
The frustration of seeing an animal in the distance and not being able to take a closer look because you don't have a good pair of binocs is intense.
Many safari companies do supply them for you but they might be a little battered and bent with use and you will also have to share them with other members of the group which will mean less viewing time for you.
Visa requirements are an important consideration especially if you are going on safari in multiple African countries as some of them have different visa terms. Your travel agent or safari operator should be able to help you with this so make sure you check with them...
The complete safari packing list can be found at the African safari journals website which will ensure that you never leave anything important behind for your safari. Print it out and tick it off.
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