15 Travel Tips when going on safari in Africa
1. Africa does get cold – Pack accordingly
Many people are under the impression that Africa stays hot 365 days a year, but this is incorrect. Depending where you are traveling in Africa, there are different seasons, and a cold winter season is one of them – Pack a set of warm clothes.
2. Remember to pack your sense of adventure, sense of humour and stay open minded
When joining an overlanding safari with a group of 24 other passengers it is always great to stay open minded and be adventurous. Create as many memories for yourself as possible.
3. Don’t over pack – Travel light, but travel smart
Toss that corporate wheelie bag and pack all your travel goods into a strong backpack. It is easier to store on tour, and also easier to cart around with you through Africa.
4. Don’t bring brand new walking shoes
Bring comfortable shoes that have already been walked in, by doing this you avoid any unnecessary blisters that could possibly get infected. It will also be much more comfortable.
5. Protect your skin
The African sun is strong and intense and can sometimes go unnoticed. You can purchase sunscreen and lip balm in Africa, but sometimes it is more pleasant to bring with what your body knows.
6. First aid kit
Be sure to pack a small medical kit with painkillers, Imodium, repellent and antiseptics for yourself – Even though this is available throughout Africa, and can also not be what your body is use to and there may not be a chemist for 2 or 3 days between smaller towns.
7. Pack your own pillow for your own comfort
I have travelled a lot throughout Africa and I can assure you that there is nothing more comfortable than your own pillow. If you are starting your trip in a big city you will be able to purchase one, but time will not always be on your side.
8. When on trip, stay hydrated by drinking enough water throughout the day
There will be days where you are in the truck for a long duration of time, there will be days where you are doing activities, and then there will be days that you will be at the campsite. On all these days it is necessary to stay hydrated by drinking enough water. One will not feel dehydrated until it is too late.
9. Take a bean bag with to balance your camera on when on safari
The roads can get bumpy especially when doing game drives, and the bean bag will assist with the balance of the camera which will allow for clear photos of Africa’s beauty.
10. Have all your travel documents and copies thereof sorted before travelling
This is an absolute must for just in case something does happen to the original copies. Having all your documents ready also allows for smoother border checks and clearance.
11. Bring pens and crayons instead of sweets, to hand over to the local kids
Many people ask if they can bring anything along, well we would advise you to bring pens, note pads, crayons and so forth for the local kids in the villages, as this is what they need.
12. Pack easy dry clothes
Most of the campsites have facilities to wash your clothes, and you will always find a spot to hang them up. Also pack in a small amount of laundry pegs. This will mean that you will always have clean clothes.
13. Always remember to bring a flashlight or a head torch
When going on a camping trip a flashlight will always be needed. There are times that you need to use the loo at night, or when you are helping around camp after dark, or when walking back from the bar late at night. In most cases I would prefer to have a head torch as it is more convenient.
14. Wet wipes are a must
When going on an overnight safari or bush camping it is great to have wet wipes and you can just sit in your tent and clean your face and get fresh for the day.
15. Day pack
A day pack is great because it can be used to store everything for the day in it whilst your main backpack is stored away in the truck. It is also pretty useful for those overnight safaris and day trips that one would do.