Packing for a safari can be very overwhelming and confusing. Often, to get to the safari location, you will need to take a small plane that has very specific requirements about weight. The key to knowing what to pack for safari is to pack light and bring clothes that you can layer.
I went on two different safaris in Africa, and I felt like I had the perfect amount of stuff for my trip. I want to help you pack efficiently for yours as well! Read below for a comprehensive safari packing list!
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What to Pack for Safari
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Make sure to pack neutral colored clothing like greens, browns, and grays. This will help you blend in to the surroundings and it will ensure that you don’t stick out to the animals. Avoid bringing bright colored clothing that will distract from your journey.
- Lightweight pants– The temperatures on a safari can vary greatly. You are going to want lightweight pants that will protect you from the heat and bugs, but won’t overheat you in the middle of the day.
- Lightweight long sleeve top – Even when it is hot out, a long sleeve shirt is a good idea. Most of the cars are open, so you should try to protect your skin when you can.
- Couple of lightweight T-shirts/tank tops– Great for when your feeling really hot and you need to take off a layer. Don’t forget to put on the sunscreen!
- Fleece jacket or vest – It can get cold as you are driving early in the morning and late at night. It’s a great layer to throw on top.
- Light jacket– You might not need this if you go on safari during the summer, but I used my jacket every day in the winter. I have a Patagonia nano puff that is easy to stuff in any bag and works wonderfully.
- Swimsuit– Most safari lodging will have a swimming pool at the residence. During the middle of the day, you will have a few hours to yourself. This is a great time to take a dip and cool off.
- High socks– You’ll definitely need these if you are wearing hiking boots, but they are also a good idea to protect from long grass and bugs. I like to wear smart wool socks like these.
- Sneakers or hiking boots – You will need comfortable shoes to get out of the jeep and walk through the tall grass. Some people go on walking safaris and then having comfortable shoes will be vital.
- Hat – A hat is exactly what to pack for a safari. You will see a ton of great examples of safari hats. You will want one that protects your face, your neck, and looks cute as well!
- Bandana or scarf – The safari rides can get rather dusty, so bring a scarf or bandana to cover your nose and mouth.
- Sunglasses – When you’re out on safari, you will get a ton of sun exposure. It’s so important to protect your eyes from the harmful UV rays. Plus, the sunglasses will stop dust from getting in your eyes.
- Camera– The most important thing to bring on a safari! Bring a camera that can take good quality pictures AND videos. Some of my favorite parts to look back on are the videos I took.
- Binoculars – Most rangers will carry a pair of binoculars, but it is always helpful to have your own. We were able to see so many more animals by looking through them!
- Soft shelled lightweight suitcase – The smaller and lighter the suitcase, the better. Try to bring something that is malleable and can be put into different spaces. This will be helpful for the plane and the journey by car.
Clothing is really the least important part of a safari, because you want to blend in to the environment. I hope this list has made it easy for you to think through. Pack a few items and then layer and re-wear them. Then you will have a wonderful time where you can focus on spotting the animals.
Do you know what to pack for safari now? Let me know in the comments!