What To Pack For Safari

A right backpacking and a light backpacking keep you safe and comfortable in the entire trip.

Check our list of essential things


  • Comfortable, informal and covered should guide your selection of clothes.
  • Lightweight and washable cargo pants and capris are a good idea if you are planning for outdoor safari activities.
  • Neutral colors are a smart choice as they don’t draw the attention of animals.
  • Long sleeves and trousers in light-coloured fabrics are a good protection against the sun and good against insect bites. Avoid the temptation for camouflage clothes.
  • Pullover or windbreaker or jackets are essential for early morning and night game drives as the temperature is low as compared to the mid-time.
  • A backpack on your shoulders to carry the essentials should be durable, lightweight and waterproof.
  • Waterproof boots for those walking safaris. Sneakers can be used elsewhere.
  • For the day-time hot weather floppy hats, sunglasses with glare reduction, sun block lotion with high SPF, Lip balm with SPF are necessary to protect you from sunburns and sunstrokes are needed to pack.


  • soap, toothpaste, shampoo, and conditioner etc
  • Bug spray/ insect repellent with DEET
  • Wet wipes
  • A good sanitizer


  • Anti-malarial medication
  • Painkillers if you need
  • Cold and flu medication
  • Anti-Diarrhea medication
  • Antibiotics
  • Antiseptic lotion
  • Antihistamines for allergies and insect bites
  • ORS solution


  • Camera with extra batteries and zoom lens for that perfect safari shot.
  • Smartphone with a portable charger for taking notes when not taking photographs. Adaptor/ converter
  • Binoculars for game viewing at a distance
  • Headlamp with extra batteries for navigating in the dark

The most important backpacking item is learning some Swahili and taking with you and interact with the locals will make your trip unforgettable. 

Some of the common are


Habari-Good morning

Asante-Thank you


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