Some Practical Stuff
You may find some of these suggestions obvious, others new and significant – they’re all born of our experiences running many safaris with your enjoyment and safety in mind.
Most safari-goers will find themselves on a new continent, possibly on the other side of the world, so please carry proof of medical insurance since you are responsible for any medical expenses.
- A comfortable hat to keep out the sun
- Plenty of sunscreen and lip balm
- Insect repellent
You may discover different types of outlets in your various lodges or tented camps. So bring several types of international adapter plugs and a voltage converter as well. A power adapter with 3 – 4 outlets will allow you to charge batteries, an electric toothbrush, shaver and more.
Sometimes in the evening the electricity may be turned off at some accommodations. At times like these, be prepared with a lo-tech solution – bring a small flashlight.
Cameras – You’re in Africa – on safari! – there will be lots of great photographic opportunities. We suggest bringing a recent model digital camera. If you want to go a bit more upscale, a DSLR (Digital Single Lens Reflex) camera with interchangeable or a zoom lens is a great option for capturing the wildlife action.
Safari days can be long and often in remote locations so bring plenty of camera batteries to get you through the day. And don’t forget to stock up on memory cards so you can shoot as much as you please.
The safari environment can also be a bit dusty so don’t forget a blower brush and cleaning cloths.
And a pair of binoculars will afford more great viewing opportunities, especially at long distances. A recommended size is 8/10 x 40.
And Don’t Forget This Important Stuff
When traveling anywhere, take some practical precautions to protect yourself and to ensure a good experience. Bring pants with good inside (zippered) pockets or a money belt to protect your cash and credit cards.
Backups always makes sense. Bring with you photocopies of personal documents like passports, visas, flight info, insurance, vaccinations card, driver’s license, and credit card info.
And make sure you have contact information for all of the above should anything get lost. Plus, don’t forget addresses for friends and family should you want to send postcards from your safari adventure.
Finally, for those who want to record memories and notes for what could be a once-in-a-lifetime experience, a journal could become a moving and personal souvenir of your African safari.