Safari Tips / Gear
All paperwork: Safari confirmations, flight information, passport and travel insurance. (Make some copies to)
- Some local currency.
- Tablet – Phone / charger (You can pick up a sim card at the airport).
- Camera and charger.
- A couple of re-sealable plastic bags.
- Tanzania and Kenia use a mix of the British-type plug (Type G – three rectangular pins) and the South African type plug (Type M – three round pins).
- The best is to get adapters on arrival, so that you don’t waste your money buying something that doesn’t work. Lodges often provide loan adapters.
- Some travel between camps consists of short, charter plane rides, you may wish to include some motion sickness tabs if you’re prone to it.
- Having a day bag is helpful to prevent hats and gloves from blowing away on game drives.
- A headlamp or torch is vital.
- Don’t forget your sun block, a hat and insect repellent.
- There is often no electricity in the bush so a little solar charger is always a good investment.
Binoculars: Often the animals are far away and if they aren’t a Big Five animal your guide most likely won’t be able to go off-roading to get closer. Also surprisingly there are some amazing birds that you will see on safari like the Lilac Breasted Roller and you are going to want some binoculars to get a closer view of them. On Safari everything you see is exciting, even the birds, you will wish you had binoculars with you too.
Bring Duffel Bags over Suitcase
Even though you travel with firm big suitcases, you will do your self a big favour if you think ahead and sort the safari items in special bag, preferably smaller duffel bag. Add a camera backpack and you have already reached the limit. If you intend to fly between the parks, light aircraft baggage limit is between 10 to 15 kilos only.
Excess baggage is usually left behind in hotel of your stay or with your safari tour operator Oranje Safari.
Think neutral colored clothes, light and airy fabrics but also layers depending the time of year. For example khaki pants, tan colored t-shirts and a long sleeve button up shirt to cover up in the hot sun but to also keep you warm for the early mornings and late evenings before and after the sun is up it can be a bit colder.
- Take a good waterproof jacket.
- Loose layers and accessories that protect you from the sun and biting insects are a priority.
- Forget your formal clothes; things are casual out in the bush, even at upscale lodges.
- If you’re planning on doing a boat trip, include a waterproof bag to store your electronics.
- Zip off pants that turn into shorts are good as morning game drives are cold and then it gets warmer. Long pants with a blouse/shirt is common at dinner time.
- Jeans are not a good idea. Denim takes forever to dry as many properties do not have clothes driers.
- Take only two pairs of shoes. Flat shoes are more practical than heels when walking on wooden boardwalks and sandy paths. Pack flip-flops for in the showers and boating trips. You will also need one pair of good walking shoes.
- A track suit works well to sleep in while a sports bra for women can be handy on those rough game drives.
- Campsites are very sandy so suitable footwear is advised.
- Only bring shoes that have proven themselves comfortable.
- You will need 3-5 short-sleeved t-shirts and 2 long sleeved shirts (for sun protection as well as warmth) plus your waterproof jacket.
- Pack a good pair of polarised sunglasses.
- Swimsuit – if you booked accommodation with a pool