A quick Google of the phrase ‘safari essentials’ will result in lists and lists of items and clothing that will make your stay in the wild more comfortable. These range from common sense (a hat) to the weird (a coffee press). But having a well packed suitcase is only half of the journey. There are some things that don’t fit as neatly into your carry-on but will still make your safari experience that little bit more unforgettable.
Don’t worry, you won’t be fending off any lions. But even at the swankiest private game lodges, Africa can prove to be tougher than life back home. Small steps like remembering to stay hydrated and packing plenty of sunscreen and lip balm can mean the difference between having an unforgettable safari, and being confined to your (king-size) bed back at the lodge. Don’t forget your vaccinations!
Most safari lodges act like an island of western culture among the indigenous cultures of Africa. The streets and rural villages outside of them are another story. While you will be briefed by lodge staff before embarking on a village or city tour, remember to be considerate of the dynamics and customs of these communities, whatever they may be.