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Safari Packing List

What to Pack for Your African Safari


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What to Pack for your African Safari

This is a basic safari packing list. It's important to remember to pack light especially if you're taking charter flights between parks because the baggage weight is limited to 10-15 kg's (25 - 30 lbs) maximum.


  • Camera and camcorder
  • Binoculars
  • Flashlight
  • Spare Batteries
  • Electrical converter and plug adapter
  • Suntan lotion and insect repellent
  • Spare glasses (it can be very dusty so avoid contact lenses if you can)
  • Sunglasses
  • Hat
  • US Dollars (foreigners need to pay park fees and lodging in USD)
  • Personal medications
  • First Aid Kit
  • Lightweight clothing (no bright colors) and shoes
  • Sweater or fleece for early morning and evening
  • Waterproof jacket if you're on safari during the rainy season
  • Swimsuit
  • A good book to enjoy between drives
  • Wet Wipes
  • Spare plastic zip lock bags


Pack For a Purpose

Many safari camps and lodges now support local community initiatives in and around the wildlife parks, reserves and concession areas. Please ask if you can bring any school supplies, medical supplies, clothing or other light objects that will help these projects. There's a web site you can check out as well - Pack For a Purpose. They have some good suggestions on how to pack these items, as well as lists of specific requests from lodges around Africa.
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