In general, pack light and use layers. For a typical 14-day safari, we recommend the following. Please remember that many safaris utilize small plane flights which limit luggage, including carry-ons to 33 – 44 lbs per person, though some private charters may be less. Soft sided luggage or duffle bags are recommended. When flying by light aircraft, your luggage cannot have wheels, frames or rigid structures – see your personalized safari itinerary for specific luggage requirements on your trip. A day pack to store binoculars, wildlife guides and a rain jacket is helpful while on game drives.

When packing, keep in mind most lodges and camps will do guest laundry (some at a nominal fee) but most will not wash women’s underwear for cultural reasons.

  • 2-3 pairs long pants. Convertible (zip-off) pants and quick dry fabrics are a good option.
  • 2-3 pairs shorts
  • 3-4 short-sleeved T-shirts or polo shirts
  • 2 long-sleeved shirts
  • Travel dress or skirt (women, for city or train travel)
  • 1 sweater, sweatshirt or fleece
  • 1 rain jacket
  • 1 light jacket
  • Swimwear
  • 7 pairs underwear
  • Bras + full support garments for bumpy roads
  • 7 pairs socks
  • Comfortable walking shoes
  • Sandals or Tevas
  • Sun hat
  • Sunscreen
  • Wet wipes or hand sanitizer
  • Medication including malaria tablets should be in your carry-on
  • Basic medical/toiletry kit (aspirin, Imodium, antiseptic cream, toothbrush, toothpaste, etc.)
  • Binoculars
  • Camera with plenty of film or memory sticks and chargers (back up charger is recommended)
  • Reading material
  • Special foods or snacks
  • Mosquito repellent
  • Adapters or converters for electronic equipment
  • Flashlight
  • Copy of your passport and insurance policy – also leave a copy at home

Optional suggested items

  • Gloves, hat and scarf (especially during Africa’s winter months)
  • Mini travel surge protector (for protecting your electronic equipment)
  • Gifts for children such as pencils, pens, paper, etc. We recommend giving these gifts directly to a school or your driver to distribute.
  • Gifts for drivers/camp crew such as T-shirts, pins, small LED keychain flashlight, mementos, etc.
Please Note: Bright colors and camouflage clothing are not recommended while on game drives. People in many African countries expect visitors to dress conservatively. Also, consider taking a change of clothes and your toiletries in your carry-on bag in case of lost or delayed luggage.