THE TRAVEL ESSENTIALS

THE ESSENTIAL ACCESSORIES

THE CAMERA GEAR

  • TRAVEL INSURANCE – Travel insurance is as essential to travel as buying a plane ticket, backpack or accommodation.

  • LIP BALM – Always keep one on you to protect against the dry African air, the wind in your face on safari, and the insane amount of dust during dry season.  With SPF is best!

  • SUNSCREEN – Pack a decent sunscreen (minimum SPF 30, but ideally SPF 50), and keep your skin healthy and burn-free

  • A SUN HAT

  • REUSABLE WATER CANTEEN

  • A BEANIE – In winter you’ll want one for the chilly evenings and mornings in the safari truck.

  • SWIMWEAR

  • TOILETRIES

  • SUNGLASSES

  • FIRST AID KIT – Either make one up yourself, or us for pharmaceutical advice

  • CAMERA and lenses

  • TRIPOD – light and flexible

  • SD cards and SD Card-holder

  • BATTERIES and chargers

  • LENS cleaning kit,

  • DUST– waterproof bag to store camera

GENERAL TIPS

THE CLOTHES

In most coutries it is easy to buy something you have forgottenin local shops,  but in most rural areas in Africa that seems difficult to almost impossible. So it is best you come well pepared. Before getting into the specifics of what to take on your epic Africa adventure.

  • DRESS CODE – When it comes to packing your clothes, keep in mind that most African nations are still quite conservative in the way they dress. We absolutely encourage you to be respectful of the local culture and people whose home you’re travelling through, and bring longer bottoms along (girls, generally down to the knee is best), and cover up cleavage. If you’re sticking to major cities you’ll probably find this is slightly more relaxed

  • SELECT WELL – Don’t pack your best clothes. The days can be hot, the roads long and dusty, and try as hard as you might, you’ll just always seem to end up covered in sweat and dust that doesn’t seem to budge. Opt for casual, comfortable basics you can afford to part with if need be.

  • QUICK DRY – Pack soft, comfortable jeans that will dry quickly. Alternatively, loose-fitting cotton or linen pants (like elephant pants) are the perfect option.

  • LAYERS – upon layers upon layers. Temperatures across Africa fluctuate greatly, even day-to-day. Mornings and evenings can get down to freezing (yes, really), while days can be hot and sunny. Pack, and dress, in a way that you can throw on more layers as the mercury drops and strip off as the heat of the day begins to take over.

  • LESS IS MORE – This is one place you don’t want to overpack for. Leave the full wardrobe at home and bring enough lightweight, breathable clothing that packs down small for 4-5 days and just wash them (you’ll always be able to find somewhere to wash your clothes regularly).

When it comes to what clothes to pack for Africa, focus on lightweight, breathable fabrics that are quick-drying and can be washed easily by hand. Also, as tempting as it is to pack your super cute outfits, this is a place where a fine layer of dust seems to eternally cover everything.

  • AROUND THE CAMP SHOES / FLIP FLOPS – These are a godsend when you just want to chill out in your safari camp without having to stomp around in heavy boots. We’d recommend a trusty pair of light sneakers and pair of flip flops.

  • LIGHT COTTON T-SHIRTS – Avoid super bright colours (especially for safaris), blue (it attracts TseTse flies), and also bear in mind that white is likely to become insanely dirty, very quickly. Neutral colours are perfect, and you’ll practically live in these so take 3-4.

  • LONG SLEEVED SHIRT – A long sleeved linen or cotton button up shirt can be the perfect cover up for those times when you need something a little more respectful, or to protect against those pesky mosquitoes (and the cold!) at night.

  • HIKING PANTS AND/OR JEANS – This one comes down to personal preference; lots of people prefer to take light long hiking pants with them and we’ve listed our recommendations for these below.

  • SHORTS – Lightweight, breathable sport shorts are perfect for outdoor activities like rafting or hiking, while a casual pair will see you through the rest of the time.

  • WARM JACKET – We can’t emphasise the need to have warm clothes with you for evenings enough! We always take our down jackets because they’re lightweight, warm, and pack down easily in a little compression sack.