What to Pack

Starting at the top – let’s start rolling! Because rolling, as opposed to folding your clothes is far better from a space point of view. To help answer your question on what to pack for a safari, the following information will go a long way making the process easier.

Bright coloured clothing should be avoided and white clothes will show up dust and dirt. Khaki, brown and olive colours top the list.

Most safari destinations have a very relaxed dress code for dinner so there is no need to pack formal dress. Check with your Africa Tailormade Consultant to make sure, but in most cases it just won’t be necessary.

Africa is a continent of extremes, it can be freezing cold in the morning and boiling hot by midday. So it’s a good idea to wear cool garments as your first layer and then you can remove the warmer outer layers once things start heating up, as they almost always tend to do later in the day.


  • Soft broad-brimmed sun hat
  • Headscarf / Buff (multi-functional tubular bandanna) – a must for keeping your hair off your face or protected from the elements on the open vehicle, the sun or cold wind off your neck, the dust off your camera or folded double as a beanie
  • Golf-shirts and / or T-shirts – preferably with a sleeve to protect your shoulders from the sun
  • Long-sleeved cotton shirts – great for keeping the sun off your arms, even in the heat
  • Shorts and /or skirts – really short skirts are not practical for getting in and out of game drive vehicles
  • Long trousers (winter) – zip-off longs are ideal for summer as you need both
  • Track suit
  • Pyjamas – lightweight for summer & warm / thermal for winter
  • Underwear – on game drives the roads can be bumpy & uneven so a suitable bra may be required
  • Socks – thermal options are recommended for the winter months
  • Good closed walking shoes (running / tennis shoes are fine)
  • Sandals or flip flops – preferably low heeled or flat if you are going on safari
  • Swimming costume
  • Light rain jacket for the summer months
  • A lightweight, windproof jersey or fleece – early mornings on open vehicles can be chilly, even in the heat of summer; winter nights can be cold
  • Warm jersey, hoodie or fleece plus anorak or warm jacket as well as a scarf, gloves & fleece beanie for winter months
  • Optional: a kikoi/sarong/shawl – useful for extra protection against the sun/heat/cold/wind
  • More formal attire for your stay at prestigious city hotels or on one of the luxury trains


  • Good quality sunglasses, UV protected, preferably polarised & a protective case
  • If you wear contact lenses, we recommend that you also bring a pair of glasses in case of dust irritation
  • A spare pair of glasses & contact lenses would be a good idea
  • Travel size personal toiletries (basic amenities are supplied by most establishments)
  • Moisturising cream & suntan lotion – SPF 30 or higher recommended
  • Insect repellent for body application e.g Tabard, peaceful Sleep, Rid etc
  • Basic medical kit (aspirins, plasters, Imodium, antiseptic cream, antihistamine, personal medication etc.)
  • Malaria tablets (if applicable)
  • Antihistamine tablets for allergy sufferers / anti-nausea tablets for motion sickness sufferers
  • Torch (with spare batteries)
  • Southern Africa bird guide if you are a keen birder e.g. Newman’s or Sasol
  • Camera equipment including spare batteries, chargers, film, flash cards, memory sticks etc.
  • Cellphone & charger
  • Laptop & charger
  • Travel adapter/s
  • Reading material, pen / paper etc.
  • Waterproof / dustproof bag or cover for your camera
  • Binoculars for viewing wildlife & birds.  Recommend general purpose specifications are 8×40 or 10×42
  • Inflatable travel pillow
  • If you’re travelling with children it’s probably a good idea to bring some toys to keep them entertained on the flight/s.

You must bring

  • A valid passport is required for your trip; be sure to check the expiry date. It is a good idea to carry a photocopy of the photo page and the entry stamp page of your passport as an additional piece of identification
  • Visa if required (keep a separate copy)
  • Tickets / booking confirmation – flights, accommodation, transfers etc.
  • Travel insurance documents
  • Credit cards, foreign currency etc.
  • Recommended inoculations / vaccination certificates
  • Driver’s license if required (international?)

Light aircraft luggage restrictions

Light Aircraft companies place restrictions on the size, weight and type of luggage passengers can travel with.Because of the size of the aircraft, and by extension the luggage stowage area, only soft bags (i.e. no rigid sides or wheels) can be accommodated and your entire luggage complement (including carry-on and camera equipment, etc.) should weigh no more than between 12 – 20 kilograms (26.7lbs – 44.1lbs).  Please check the exact weight restriction with your Africa Tailormade consultant.

And that’s it – you’re now less worried about what to pack for a safari and are ready for a fabulous journey with Africa Tailormade! Come soon – we’re waiting for you…

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