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Are you planning to travel into Africa on a safari or an adventure holiday? Our tips and packing advice will ensure that you take the most suitable clothes, gear and shoes for your travels.

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We have traveled extensively around Africa for over 20 years and learnt what to take and how to pack! Use this handy packing list to PACK LIKE A PRO! We include examples of what works on a safari, for both men and women.

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  Packing tips for traveling in Africa      

When preparing for a holiday, we tend to overpack or we take the incorrect clothing. Here are helpful tips to take into consideration when it comes to travel in Africa.

Tip #1
When packing for an African adventure, give yourself enough time to get the right clothes and apparel that'll make your trip a pleasure. Don't leave it for the last few days before your depart. If you pack in advance you'll easily pick up if you miss something or need a specific item. Use a packing list - this will make the task much easier and ensure that nothing of importance is left behind.

Tip #2
'Must-take' items often left at home include a good hat that packs easily, a comfortable pair of walking shoes (not necessarily hiking boots), a warm jacket for nippy nights (fleece jackets work well), and a pair of sunglasses. Refer to the below suggested packing list to check if you have everything.

Tip #3
When traveling, dress in layers, so that you can peel off when it's hot and add on when it gets cooler. Quick-dry or cotton shorts and long sleeved t-shirts work very well.

Tip #4
Try to get at least one pair of trousers that have the zip-off legs. It then doubles as shorts when the day gets hot.

Tip #5
Keep a sarong handy. This large, towel-sized cloth can double as a skirt for the ladies, head gear for dusty days or when exploring deserts and a towel at the beach. Very versatile and doesn't take up much space.

Tip #6
When traveling in Africa, especially if you plan to join a group or make use of light aircraft, best leave the Samsonite at home. The most useful luggage is a soft duffel bag with handles. Pack the valuables and very necessary items in a day pack you can carry on your back.

Tip #7
Before packing your bags, put out all your clothes, shoes and items that you plan to take with on holiday. Now reduce it by 50% and then pack your bags. It is a known fact that you always take too much luggage on holiday.

Tip #8
Pack neutral coloured clothing and hats. These won't show dirt easily and it wouldn't stand out when your in the bush on game walks or drives. There's no need to look like you live in the bush. There are some very practical, stylish clothes available for adventures in Africa.

Tip #9
Take a plastic bag that can be used for dirty clothes between washes.

Tip #10
Also pack your shoes in plastic bags to keep your clothes clean packed in your luggage.

  Shoes and Footwear      

There are loads of excellent shoes available that would work very well for an African holiday. Depending on what you plan to do during your trip, you have to take shoes that are versatile and comfortable.

Our favourite shoes to take on an African safari are the following:

Walking Shoes / Cross Trainers - here's a few examples
Ideal for walking purposes and during travel days. These work well for anything from light walking trips to a night out on the town. Choose a colour that won't show dirt easily.

Hiking boots - here's a few examples
A crucial part of your kit when embarking on a walking safaris, mountain hikes, trekking and general walking. Make sure that your boots are comfortable and worn in before going on your trip. A hiking boot must be able to take thick hiking socks without compromising your comfort, so take those socks with when buying your boots. It is advisable to wear your boots in before doing the first hike. There are different types of boots you can choose from. Waterproof boots are always a good choice to keep feet warm and dry.

Sandals - here's a few examples
You'll find that a good pair of sandals is probably the footwear that you'll be using most while on holiday in Africa, be it in the bush or at the beach. These are ideal for everyday use, so good quality is essential. Also pack a pair of flip flops (or slops) for emergencies. They don't take much space but can be a very useful item when using public showers or just to pop down to the beach.

Pack Like A PRO - get the right stuff for your safari!
  Suggested Packing List: Safaris      
  Clothes   Shoes
3 x non-synthetic shorts [see example] 1 x walking shoes/cross trainers [see example]
2 x non-synthetic long trousers [see example] 1 x sandals [see example]
3 x cotton shirts [see example]    
3 x t-shirts [see example]   Luggage
1 x fleece jacket/jersey [see example] 3 x plastic bags (for dirty laundry and shoes)
1 x sleeveless jacket [see example] 1 x strong, soft duffel bag [see example]
1 x waterproof jacket/windbreaker [see example] 1 x daypack/camera backpack [see example]
1 x wide brim hat [see example] 1 x toiletries bag [see example]
1 x cap [see example]    
5 x underwear   Safari Essentials
5 x pair socks Camera and accessories [see example]
1 x microfibre towel [see example] Memory cards [see example]
2 x sarong [see example] Binoculars [see example]
1 x swimming costume [see examples] Sunglasses [see examples]
    Sunblock and Aftersun
  Documents Insect repellant [see examples]
Valid passport with visas Prescribed medicine (with copy of prescription)
Emergency phone numbers Guide books [see examples]
Insurance documentation Head torch [see example]
Your itinerary Chargers
Vaccination certificates Extra batteries
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