What exactly to pack for a safari is always a question we get asked frequently. But what are the absolute essentials?
It’s tough! Khaki? Camera and binocs? Extra lenses? Animal guide books? Bug spray? WHAT?
Over the past few years, I’ve have settled on my ‘must haves’ that I always carry with me when I head out on a lodge safari. Take a peek below at my TOP FOUR, and let me know if you think I should add something!
Always, always, ALWAYS. You don’t need a fancy one, I actually mostly use my phone camera or a small compact one. For the most part, especially in the Sabi Sands, you will be getting quite close to the wildlife, so you won’t desperately need a ‘close up’ lens. Also, if you are on a full vehicle, having sufficient space to store your extra lenses securely can be a bit hard to find. There are usually pockets on the back of the seats for you to use, but as the vehicle jumps around a lot, I wouldn’t want to store it in there!
Some might argue that this may not be a super essential, but I’ve found it really helps my guests to keep track of everything they’ve seen on safari. Some of the names of our wildlife can be very confusing – Bateleur? Klipspringer? Steenbok? And how on earth do you pronounce them?
Enter the handy notebook. Not only will this help you remember what you saw on your safari (and what photograph corresponds to it!) but it will also create a life long keepsake of your safari journey.
This is one that often slips under the radar. In summer, they serve an obvious purpose, but in winter – they help immensely to block out the cold wind that sometimes leaves your eyes streaming with water! Also, if you a cheeky nap overtakes you as you zoom out of the lodge, sunglasses are a great disguise…. Ask me how I know this, haha.
- LIP BALM
Yes, even if you are a man!
The sun can get extremely hot in the bush (up to 50 degrees in summer), and the wind can be excruciating on your lips in the winter if they are dry. I recommend popping a chapstick in your bag with SPF in it too, so you can keep your lips comfortable, enabling you to focus on your safari instead of your sore, chapped lips!