What to Bring on Safari

I’ll admit, when I was planning my trip to South Africa and Kruger National Park I didn’t give much thought to what I needed for the day when I was on Safari. After the first day, I certainly did!

  • A camera and camera equipment, I will cover this in a future post.

  • Binoculars to help you find the animals that are hiding.
  • A hat – in the summer you’ll want something light to keep the sun off your face. In the Fall/Winter/Spring you’ll want a warm hat. I had a hooded fleece that did the job too.
  • Water
  • Snacks, breakfast or lunch – At Kruger I only saw one main center with a restaurant. I’m sure there are others, but they would be quite far apart. We had a packed breakfast, I brought granola bars for myself and we ate our lunches at the restaurant. If you’re chasing down an animal and get a little further away then you were planning (it happened to us) a granola bar will hold you over.
  • Dress in layers – I was there in May and the weather had already turned to “winter” with high temperatures in the mid 60s. Doesn’t sound too bad, right? Until you leave your lodge at 5:30 AM and get in an open safari vehicle. It gets really cold and windy in there very fast! On our first day everyone wore a t-shirt and fleece, on the second day everyone layered up. As the day gets warmer you can take off some of those layers, until then, you’ll be warm.

  • Hand wipes – I’ll admit I didn’t use these as much as I should, but it’s dusty on Safari and if you’re going to eat or even just touch your face, you should be cleaning your hands off.
  • Sunglasses

Is there anything I missed that you think you need for a safari?

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