People often make the mistake of packing too much when going on Safari. Use the following safari packing list to help with packing wisely.
The following is the suggested safari packing list for a Sunway Safari (camping & accommodated).
Make sure clothes are wash & wear and ideally quick drying. Avoid white as this is not suitable for game viewing. Khaki, Brown, Olive and Beige are the best colours. Camo or military style clothing is not recommended as it can cause issues with local authorities. Clothes that you are layer will keep you warm on those early morning game drives and during the evenings when it often cools down.
- 2-3 zip-off travelling/trekking pants (convert from trousers to shorts), or pack a couple of pairs of long pants and a couple of pairs of shorts.
- 4-6 T-shirts/Shirts, one that is long sleeved, especially if your tour includes a game walk i.e. in Okavango Delta
- Ladies may like to add a cotton dress or sarong
- A smart casual outfit that you can wear out to dinner. (Please note that some hotels/restaurants do not allow T-shirts or jeans)
- 5 changes of socks and underwear
- Polar fleece top or jacket
- Warm jacket (waterproof & windproof),
- Beanie & warm gloves (especially important for winter months, it can be cold on early morning game drives!)
- Pair of good walking shoes/sneakers, if new make sure you “wear them in” before travel.
- Pair of jandals/flip flops or sandals
- Hat, sunblock and good sunglasses, protective case for your sunglasses
Most lodges and safari camps offer some sort of laundry service. However most don’t wash underwear and smalls and will provide washing powder for you to do these yourself. Packing a laundry soap bar, a travel washing line (or cord & a few pegs) and a universal plug are essentials on camping tours, optional on accommodated tours. It is often easier to wash you own clothes and guaranteed the plug will always be missing!
- 2x microfibre towels
- Tropical Strength Insect Repellent
- Toiletries, including soap & shampoo. We recommend including a small pack of biodegradable wet wipes and small nail brush.
- Medications (including malaria medications), personal first aid supplies, plasters, headache, antihistamine tablets etc.
- Money Pouch. A small body hugging flat money pouch to keep your money, credit cards, passport and airline tickets, insurance details out of sight. Also carry a photocopy of your documents separately in your luggage and leave a copy at home.
- Camera + extra memory cards, spare batteries, chargers & adapters.
- Water bottle (minimum 1 litre).
- Headlamp (recommended) or handheld torch and spare batteries.
- Note pad and pen, reading material (keep it lightweight, e-readers are ideal)
- Camping Safaris Only: sleeping bag (needs to be warm if travelling June-Sept), sleeping bag liner. You can hire a sleeping bag from Sunway for NZ$2 per day (request and paid for with your booking)
- Optional: Travel Pillow
What to pack it in:
- 1x ideally soft sport type bag. Hard suitcases are difficult to pack into the limited space on safaris vehicles. If you have a pack and you can’t zip away the straps, a pack cover is recommended. Your bag should preferably weigh no more than 12kgs. If your safari includes flights in light aircraft, luggage limits and any dimensions supplied need to be strictly adhered to. The pilot has the right to refuse to carry luggage and the costs of having it forwarded to you will be your responsibility.
- 1x day pack
- Padlock/s (with a code/not key) to secure your bags.