The Ultimate Packing List for an African Safari
An essential element of planning the perfect African safari is packing all the right things! With a detailed and accurate safari packing list for Africa curated by experts, you'll be equipped for anything you might encounter on your trip of a lifetime.
What to pack for a safari in Kenya?
Be sure you bring money in USD, preferably printed after 2004 to eliminate any concerns regarding possible forgery. Your money should be in good condition without any tears or rips. You should also bring two printed copies of your tour itinerary, flight details, visas and any other relevant travel documents. Pack your anti-malaria tablets and electrical adapters with a plug type G. Don't forget that plastic of all kinds is banned in Kenya.
What to pack for a safari in Kruger?
When you're heading to Kruger National Park, you will need to pack anti-malaria medication. In all of South Africa, you'll encounter plug types D, M and N but to be safe, we recommend packing a universal power adapter. Kruger is known for unexpected temperature changes, so be sure to always have a jacket or pashmina in your backpack should the weather become cold without notice.
What to wear on safari evenings?
Evenings on your safari can get quite cold, so pack long sleeves, pants and a fleece jacket to stay warm. Depending on the type of accommodation during your safari, there may be a more official dress code in place, but dining is usually casual, so no shirts or dresses are needed, and flat shoes are recommended.
Can you wear jeans on a safari?
Yes, you can. However, it is not recommended. With high temperatures, it’s best to wear breathable materials such as cotton. Save jeans for evenings at the camp.
What are the best luggage types for a safari trip?
Skip the hard shell, large rectangular luggage in favour of a soft duffel bag or backpack. In most cases, you will be restricted to a weight limit of 15 kg for all your luggage so pack accordingly.
What colours should you wear on a safari?
When packing clothes and shoes for your safari, avoid bright colours, and specifically avoid black, blue and red. Neutral tones are the best and consider packing beige or khaki coloured clothing. Please note: wearing clothes with a camouflage pattern is banned in some countries and it's best to avoid it altogether.