Deciding what to pack on your African safari can be a daunting exercise if you are a first time safari goer.  In order for your safari experience to be as enjoyable as possible, we have put together a small list of essentials to assist you with what to pack for your African safari.

The Golden Rule to remember is that safari should always be more about comfort than style, however it is very possible to do both!  Whether you are arriving in the heat of summer or visiting during the balmy winter days, an awareness of what to expect will aid you in bringing along worthwhile items and leaving behind the things that don’t matter as much.  Read below to find out what we recommend you should bring:

What Clothing Should I Pack on Safari?

We advise that you bring the following items of clothes, regardless of the season:

  • A pair of long pants,
  • A long sleeve cotton shirt, cotton t-shirts or vests,
  • Comfortable pants, shorts, skirts and summer dresses for the ladies
  • Walking shoes, sandals and hiking boots
  • Wide Brim Hat
  • Bathing suit
  • Windbreaker/Light Jacket
What to Wear

What to Wear

In the summer, we suggest bringing the following:

  • Lightweight shorts and t-shirts
  • Summer dresses for the ladies for around the camp
  • A light fleece or long sleeve shirt for the sun

In the winter, don’t forget:

  • A warm jacket
  • Beanie and scarf for the morning game drives
  • Long sleeve shirt with thermal under garments.

What Photographic Equipment do I pack?

Photography is a passion at Londolozi and we do our utmost to ensure that our guests capture exceptional images whilst on safari with us. When on safari, you are obviously trying to capture the perfect pictures to take home with you. We suggest bringing a camera, lens and binoculars for your safari.

We understand that this equipment can often be a bit cumbersome so if you would prefer to rent it during your stay at Londolozi then CLICK HERE to prebook your camera gear. Professional camera equipment is available for hire, as well as exclusive Sensory and Photographic safari experiences.

Photography on Safari

Photography on Safari

If you are bringing any electronic equipment or camera gear, don’t forget batteries and a battery charger.  An international adaptor is very useful with South African plug points.

Do I Need Sunscreen?

With spending at least eight hours a day under the wonderful African skies we advise that you bring a high SPF factor sunscreen when coming on safari to Africa. At most safari lodges the rangers will have sunscreen with them but they might not always have your preferred label so we suggest bringing your own.  In the summer months we encourage you to apply this frequently.

What are the Malaria risks?

We are in a low risk malaria area at Londolozi. Please consult your doctor or pharmacist for further information on prophylaxis. In all camps, and on game drives, we offer mosquito and insect repellent as well as mosquito nets around the bed in your suite.

What about guide books?

Each camp has a variety of bird, mammal and reptile books if you would like to read up further on the animals you see whilst on safari. To download a Bird and Mammal checklist CLICK HERE.  Additionally we recommend downloading our iBook Range for some pre safari reading.  In particular the Guide to Wildlife Photography will help photographic enthusiasts understand how to take truly outstanding wildlife photographs.

Pre Safari Reading "A Guide to Wildlife Photography"

Pre Safari Reading “A Guide to Wildlife Photography”

What is the weather like on safari?

The weather is a variable which nobody can control, however the seasons do tend to follow a fairly reliable pattern.  The first thing to remember is that regardless of the seasons, layers of different items of clothing are the real trick to being comfortable on safari.

March through May is temperate as the season changes from summer to the start of winter and the days are mild and warm with the nights becoming cooler. Temperatures drop mildly as the sun goes down so we advise a light fleece or long sleeve shirt, particularly for the evenings.  At this time of the year you will still be comfortable in shorts or a dress, however long pants are preferred for the evenings.

Autumn Skies

Autumn Skies

June and July are mid-winter in South Africa and can be some of the best months for game viewing. During this time the days are warm and balmy, while the evenings and early mornings are cold. In winter the temperature does drop especially as the sun goes down so we suggest bringing a warm jacket, beanie and scarf for the morning game drives. In the middle of the day the temperature remains pleasant enough for short sleeved shirts, however as the sun starts to go down so does the temperature.

Winter Weather

Winter Weather

For the months August through November the weather is temperate and signals the change of season from autumn into summer.  There is the occasional gust of wind during these months and so items such as eyedrops are worthwhile to combat fine particles of dust in the eyes.

Summer Rainbows

Summer Rainbows

With the months December through March being the height of our summer these are, therefore, the hottest months.  The days can get to upwards of 35 degrees  celsius and in the late afternoons, their is the chance of an impressive African thunderstorm owing to the build up of heat and precipitation.  Short sleeve shirts, vests and shorts are the order of the day, however it is critical to bring along sunscreen and a widebrimmed hat to protect yourself from the African sunshine.  Ponchos are provided on the vehicle for wet weather, however a light raincoat or jacket is advised should the temperature drop off after the rain.

Summer Thunderstorms

Summer Thunderstorms

A Londolozi safari is about engaging all the senses and participating in the journey, so that you come away charged, enlightened and ready for the next adventure. We look forward to guiding you on your safari.

See you soon!

See you soon!

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Rich Laburn

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Rich is the driving force behind Londolozi’s online storytelling and the Londolozi blog. His passions of digital media, film and photography, combined with his field-guiding background, have seen him take the Londolozi blog to new heights since he began it in 2009. Rich ...

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5 Comments

on What to Pack on Safari

Susan Bailey
Guest

Thanks for all the hints and putting it into a pdf for future planning. Can’t wait to come back next year. Your blog is the next best thing to being there.

Tom Ocasek
Guest

Your emails are a marvelous connection for those of us who can only visit periodically. Question: Is Rich Laburn’s book available in pdf or print formats?

Kate Neill

Hi Tom,

So glad you are enjoying the connection to Londolozi! Unfortunately we have not got a print or pdf version yet, we have been looking into the PDF version and will let you know if it comes out.

Kindest regards,
Kate

Connie Coyner
Guest

Our family, totaling 15 people, had the pleasure of being at Londolozi from July 31st to Aug 4, 2013. Our experience was absolutely fantastic. Our two rangers, Dan and Rich were fantastic. Our trackers, Bennett and Athi were also the absolute best. The entire crew that took care of us were also fantastic. We saw so many fantastic animals, so much beautiful scenery. We had time to sit and watch the three lions and some of their cubs enjoy their kill. We saw mother and cheetah cubs playing, we saw a leopard mother interact with her cub. We watch three male Lions wake up for their evening on the move. We heard them roaring to each other. We followed them off road for awhile. Bionuclars are important, but most of the time you are so close to the animals that you can count the spots on their coat without using
bionuclars. We had breakfast in the bush. During breakfast an elephant considered joining us. The ranges encouraged the elephant that wasn’t the best idea so the elephant changed his direction and we continued our breakfast in the bush. We had tea, coffee, hot chocolate, cookies in the bush every morning while on the drive also on the evening drives: first class all the way. Our morning drives were chilly, but in the jeeps every morning were hot water bottles and blankets, gloves and a hat are a good idea to have with you. By the time we returned to camp, around 10:30 am, it was quite warm to where t-shirts and shorts were fine, then around 3:30 you are back on the evening drive and around 5PM it starts to get chilly again so long pants and a jacket are needed before returning from the evening drive. There were rain ponchos for everyone on the jeep in case of rain. The whole time we were there we did
not have rain. In the evening for dinner, since all meals are served outside it was a bit chilly, but awesome. By the time we had dinner it was dark and most of the time we got back about 15 minutes before dinner, so most of the time we stayed in our clothes that we wore on the drive. We were never in a hurry to get back from the drives we just wanted to see the animals and stay out as long as possible. Our entire family stressed about what to pack to go to Loondolozi , as it turns out just wear what you are comfortable in. Tennis shoes are good, your feet need covered when walking, but that is the most you need. We did not encounter any pesty bugs the entire four days we were there. They do have a complemant

Dana Robinson
Guest

Thank you. Your post was very helpful. We will be going in Aug., so this gives me an idea of what to take. So looking forward to our trip.

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