Safari Packing List - What to Pack for Safari


safari packing list

How should you pack for your African Safari? Packing for any type of trip, be it a weekend getaway or month-long immersion, can seem daunting. However, Epic Road prepares you for every type of weather and possible adventure on your African Safari. Just keep in mind that soft sided luggage is required for smaller bush flights, and these flights also have weight restrictions, so check with Epic Road or your safari operator before packing. With our tried-and-true guide that follows, you won't leave anything behind!

Necessary for Travel

  • Passport
  • Photocopy of passport photo page with number, photo and important info.
  • Passport-sized photographs (in case of losing your passport, these can serve as a backup).
  • Necessary Visas
  • Yellow Fever inoculation certificate (depending on country).
  • Personal prescription drugs (allergy medication too!). Bring these in your carry-on luggage.
  • Travel insurance plan card
  • Anti-Malaria Tablets (at your own discretion). Pregnant women may choose to avoid these tablets, but able travelers can start taking them a few days before arriving in Africa for optimal effectiveness. Please get advice from a doctor when getting your vaccines. 
  • Universal Voltage Adapter and Converter 

What to Wear on Safari

  • Comfortable Walking Shoes
  • Both T-shirts and long sleeve shirts. Stick with light-colored clothing, because dark blue and black attract sun, mosquitos, and Tsetse flies.
  • Jacket and light sweater are best for early morning and evening game drives.
  • Hat, gloves, and scarf
  • Lightweight water-proof jacket
  • Shorts or light skirts
  • Jeans or cargo pants for cooler days and chilly evenings.
  • Swim and beachwear
  • Extra eyeglasses/contacts and a copy of your most recent prescription

What Else?

  • Camera, along with extra film or memory cards, batteries and charger. Zoom lens can double as binoculars for those who don’t want to carry both.
  • Binoculars A good pair can make or break your safari experience!
  • Toiletries Stored in zip lock bags.
  • Strong insect repellent, at least 25% DEET.
  • Sunblock, sunglasses, hat, skin moisturizer, and lip balm. These are crucial for keeping your eyes and skin protected in the African heat.
  • Headlamp and extra batteries.
  • Ear plugs (evening animal noises can keep you awake!)
  • Melatonin to assist with sleep while adjusting to the jetlag.
  • Select First Aid supplies. Most hotels are equipped with First Aid kits, but it is smart to keep some supplies on hand such as bandaids, eye drops, antiseptic cream and/or pain relief tablets.

Looking for more advice to make your trip a success? Keep an eye on our blog for regular updates!


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