Africa: Packing List

The climate of North and East Africa can be greatly varied, with many of our safaris going up to quite high elevations. So deciding what to pack can be a little tricky, especially when for most of our tours we have a limit of 15kgs on your luggage.

You should ensure that your clothes and items are packed into a soft sided bag and bring along one daypack too. As many of the safaris have small plane transfers, these luggage restrictions are generally strictly enforced.

Here, we offer some suggested packing lists, taking into account the cooler weather at higher elevations and the harshness of the sun close to the Equator.

MEN’S CLOTHING

    • 1 pair of comfortable shoes that would be appropriate for a nice restaurant
    • 1 pair of sturdy shoes or boots for hiking*
    • 1 pair of sandals
    • 3-4 pair of socks
    • 1 nicer trousers for use in restaurants
    • 1-2 pair of long casual trousers
    • 1-2 pair of shorts
    • 1-2 belts
    • 1-2 swimming suits
    • 3-4 pair underwear
    • 3-4 golf/t shirts
    • 2 long sleeve casual shirts
    • 1 dress shirt (tie optional depending on if you think you might visit a better restaurant)
    • 1 jumper or light jacket
    • 1 rain poncho
    • 1-2 hats (VERY IMPORTANT FOR SUN PROTECTION)*
    • 1 pair sunglasses*
    • Prescription glasses if used with back-up pair suggested (Note: contact lenses are difficult to use due to the high amount of dust.)

WOMEN’S CLOTHING

    • 1 pair of comfortable shoes that would be appropriate for a nice restaurant
    • 1 pair of sturdy shoes or boots for hiking*
    • 1 pair of sandals
    • 3-4 pair of socks
    • 1 pair of stockings
    • 1 nicer skirt or pants for use in restaurants
    • 1-2 pair of long casual trousers
    • 1-2 pair of shorts
    • 1 belt
    • 1-2 bathers
    • 3-4 pair underwear
    • 1 bra (especially recommended during game drives over bumpy roads!)
    • 3-4 casual short sleeve blouses / t shirts
    • 2 long sleeve casual blouses/ shirts
    • 1 jumper or light jacket
    • 1 rain poncho or spray jacket
    • 1-2 hats (VERY IMPORTANT FOR SUN PROTECTION)*
    • 1 pair sunglasses*
    • Prescription glasses if used with back-up pair suggested (note: contact lenses are difficult to use due to the high amount of dust.)

TOILETRIES

You should bring a tooth brush, tooth paste, razor, shaving cream and other toiletries with you as those available in Africa are expensive and often not of good quality.

    • Insect repellent with Deet.*
    • Sun screen with high level of protection*
    • Common drugs such as paracetamol, cough drops, etc.
    • Vitamins that you might normally take

* These items are very strongly suggested.

MEDICATIONS

Do not forget to visit your doctor before you travel. You will probably receive inoculations and preventative medication for malaria. Make sure you bring these and a good supply of any medications you take on a regular basis with you. Make a list of any medications, including their strengths, and carry the list in a separate place in the event your bag gets lost.

If you suffer from motion sickness, do not forget to use your preferred medication – patch or tablets.

ACCESSORIES

Some other things you might consider for your trip:

    • Binoculars
    • Waterbottle
    • Pens, paper, journal
    • A good novel or two
    • Zip-Lock type bags to keep the dust and moisture out of belongings and keep your wet swimsuit in
    • Money belt or similar. The best is a pouch that fits in the front inside your shirt or trousers.

FOR MORE OF OUR AFRICA TRAVEL TIPS, SEE HERE.