Africa, especially East Africa, is home to some of the most stunning landscapes both natural and man-made and some unique cultures reside there. Once your flights and accommodation are booked, and there are plenty of options to choose from, both natural and man-made sites are there to inspire and enjoy.

Once your flights and hotel are booked, the only thing standing in your way is your luggage and what to pack. Africa has a huge landmass with a variety of climates, so depending on which country you’re going to visit make sure you take everything you need.

Insurance & choosing the correct holiday package

Travel insurance is not the most interesting topic but actually travel insurance is very important, particularly for a trip to Africa. Unlike Europe where you can get healthcare benefits covering yourself, when heading to Africa it can be costly.

Travel insurance won’t just cover your health though, it can also protect your belongings so if your luggage gets lost you can get protection. In addition to this, search around and you can find cheaper deals depending on what essential items you want covered.

Safari Clothes & Essentials

This point is vital and can’t be overlooked. Although you may be able to buy some clothes out there, depending on how many you need, the cheaper option is to buy safari clothes and essentials before you travel.

Of course, it’s always important to check the weather and climate for the country that you’re travelling to, but if you’re planning to travel across lots of different destinations, then you might need a jumper one day, shorts one day, and long pants- especially for those game drives.

Organising where you’re going in advance and checking the different climates will allow you to pack clothes for all weather eventualities. Of course, if you’re planning on hiking up a mountain like Kilimanjaro, or swimming in a river, then you will have to plan your attire accordingly so you’re not bringing around a huge suitcase with you on your travels.

Here are some other essential items you should consider taking:

Passport, itinerary, travel insurance docs and eTickets

It seems obvious, but this must come top of the list when packing for your safari.


Remember to bring your prescription medications and put them in your hand luggage in case you lose your bag.

Prescription glasses (sunglasses, hat, sunblock et al)

If you wear prescription glasses, be sure to pack more than one set. Also bring a hat and plenty of sun block, although don’t believe all the myths about what sunscreen you might need.

When it comes to planning your African safari adventure there are many places to choose from, but some of the most popular areas to visit are in southern Africa like on a Botswana luxury safari