Just booked your first African safari? You may have realized that there are a series of considerations when it comes to clothing, but don’t panic if you end up with information overload from Google. Try not to over-think safari gear – there is no need to blow thousands of dollars on traditional khaki gear.

Having said that, it is better to blend in than stand out, so neutral toned clothing is best – think beige, brown, muted greens, and anything on this spectrum.

We’ve put together a one-stop guide on packing for your safari, with information on material, weather considerations, area idiosyncrasies and some useful packing tips. If you feel like you are ready to jump right in and look at selections available, we recommend the wide collection of safari clothing available at Amazon.

Basic Packing List:

  • T-shirts
  • Long sleeved shirts
  • Fleece or warm sweatshirt
  • Windbreaker
  • Shorts (or pants that zip off at the knee)
  • Comfortable trousers/pants
  • Socks
  • Underwear (you can wash and dry at night, so don’t over-pack)
  • Waterproof raincoat if traveling during wet season
  • Sunglasses
  • Warm pyjamas pants for cold nights
  • Hat (preferably with chin strap)
  • Swimsuit if you’re staying at lodges with swimming pools
  • Comfortable walking shoes
  • Flip flops/sandals for around camp


  • Store electronics in sealed water-proof bags (double bagged if possible).
  • Headlamp or flashlight
  • Camera, lenses, filters, memory disks (you will not be able to download)
  • Video camera, tapes/disks
  • Tripod
  • Cell phone
  • Batteries
  • GPS (for Geocaching)
  • Alarm clock
  • Calculator (for currency conversion)
  • Electricity adapter


  • Soap
  • Shampoo, conditioner
  • Shaving supplies
  • Nail clippers, file, brush
  • Toothbrush, toothpaste, floss
  • Deodorant
  • Moist towelettes (handi-wipes)
  • Hand sanitizer
  • Lotion (Badger foot balm is also helpful)
  • Hairbrush, comb, mirror
  • Small towel and washcloth
  • Toilet paper
  • Facial tissue
  • Sunscreen
  • Lip balm with sunscreen
  • Insect repellent
  • Q-tips
  • Sewing kit
  • Feminine products
  • Cosmetics
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