The Eight essentials I take on safari.
I have compiled a simple list of things that are absolute necessities when you go on safari.
There are numerous locations around Africa to choose from to have a unique and memorable safari experience.
Wear long-sleeved shirts and pants that are light in colour and allow air to circulate freely, as well as a warm jacket for the mornings and evenings, a wide-brimmed hat, and comfortable, solid walking shoes. Wearing layers allows you to shed layers when it warms up and reapply them when the temperature drops. Packing light is essential for flights to more remote destinations due to aircraft luggage constraints.
They are a must-have for any wildlife viewing excursion, as they allow you to see distant species clearly. Most lodges have a set, but it is shared, so if you can bring your own, it’s an additional bonus.
Capturing stunning images of the local fauna and landscape requires a high-quality camera. The golden hour is only an hour long, and it occurs at sunrise and sunset, so be sure to take advantage of them. The best images can be taken at this time. If you want to get close to birds, wildlife, or even one of the big five, you should carry your longest lens.
The sun can be intense on safari, so it is important to have plenty of sunscreen with a high SPF. Our African sun is relentless, it beats down and has a high UV level. I take factor 50 for my face and chest. And I put sunscreen on whether its overcast or rainy. You can never be too sure! And there is nothing worse than sunburn!
Staying hydrated is essential, and a refillable water bottle is an eco-friendly and cost-effective way to do this. Also check with your lodge, they generally supply you with water throughout your safari. And you ever get a sundowner and snacks for sunset. However, I recommend you have a water bottle that you can fill as appose to buying new plastic waters daily.
Any necessary prescription medications, as well as basic first aid supplies such as bandages, antiseptic wipes, and painkillers. Always remember to check with your travel expert, what medications you need to take as there are many areas in Africa that have Malaria. ￼
A guidebook can be helpful for identifying wildlife and understanding the local culture. I am a twitcher (bird enthusiasts) so always bring my book to mark off the birds I see and learn how to identify them. A safari is not all about the Big 5, it’s about the little 5 and even the ugly 5.