Dave and his wife Jen brought their two girls Melanie and Pamela on safari a couple of months ago.
I asked Dave and Jen…
What do you recommend people bring on safari?
Here’s what they told me…
We are experienced travelers, and we thought we had this packing thing down.
And honestly, there is no dress code on safari really. So, you don’t have to worry too much.
And I did the cliché safari thing and dressed up in a pith helmet and khakis but those items are not necessary for going on safari. Want to wear shorts and a t-shirt? You can certainly do that.
However, there are a few items you will want to bring.
1. A good camera with a zoom lens.
Yes, cellphone cameras are getting better all the time. And it’s so easy to post those amazing pics to Facebook and make all your friends jealous!
But the animals you’ll see on safari are so majestic and stunning, we highly recommend you bring a very good camera with a very good zoom lens.
The zoom lens is key because, as much as our guides try, we can’t always get as close to the animals as you’d like. And that’s for your safety. For example, we can’t drive up close to a pride of lions feeding on a gazelle. They get a little upset when we do that!
So, a good zoom lens can get you right in there with them!
2. Mosquito jacket
The big cats are dangerous, and the hippos are even more dangerous, but those little buzzing insects can be a pest in some parts of Africa.
We recommend a mesh jacket infused with mosquito repellent. Better safe than sorry.
3. Warm clothes!
Most people think of Africa as HOT. And yes, it often is, but depending on the time of year, it can get very cold. Especially at night. And remember, safari tours often set out before dawn. So bundle up!