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Posted by: LAMARA TOURISM AND TRAVEL AGENCY LTD on 16/10/2020

WHAT TO CARRY FOR A GAME SAFARI

WHAT TO CARRY FOR A GAME SAFARI

WALKING SHOES/HIKING BOOTS

Whether you’re on a game drive or a walking safari, a reliable pair of walking shoes or hiking boots will help you get the most out of your safari experience. Guides will often direct your attention to the smaller things on safari, such as plants or insects, and if your footwear is comfortable, you’ll be able to get up close to these smaller natural wonders of Africa while feeling safe and secure in the elements.

INSECT REPELLENT

Most game lodges provide insect repellent to guests, so take advantage of that and apply some before you head out on safari. If any part of your safari occurs before or after sunrise, pack some extra repellent as the mosquitos tend to come out when the sun isn’t around.

CAMERA EQUIPMENT

You’ll be taking a lot of photos when you’re out on safari, but camera equipment can weigh you down—the key is to pack light so that you are nimble enough to snap that not-to-be-missed shot. While smartphone cameras continue to improve, a quality DSLR camera with an optical lens is a must if you want the best photos possible. Consider taking along a telephoto lens if your goal is to get more intimate shots of the local wildlife. Don’t forget to pack extra batteries and memory cards—with all of your snapping you may go through batteries and memory faster than expected!

You’ll also need something to protect your equipment from the elements. We recommend that you store your camera and accessories in a waterproof and dustproof bag.

BINOCULARS

On safari, you’ll be getting up close to many animals on your game drives, but other wildlife, including birds, are frequently viewed from a distance. For those situations, nothing beats a great pair of binoculars. Go with a pair that offers at least 8x30 magnification—that way you’ll be able to comfortably view game from afar and the images will appear crisp and vivid.

SAFARI-READY CLOTHING

Part of the pleasure of going on safari is that you get to dress the part. Yes, that means you can wear tan from head to toe without being stopped by the fashion police—so have fun with it! As you’re pulling together your perfect safari outfit there a few practical things to keep in mind. First, avoid bright colors. Neutral earth tones are best (brown, tan, grey, or green) because they help you blend into the environment, not stand out. 

You should also dress for the climate and time of year. If you’re going on an early morning game drive, for instance, the air can be cool so dress in layers to stay warm.  During the summer months, which run from late November to April, we recommend that you pack some light rain gear. If you’re traveling during the winter months (May to September), be sure to dress warm: a warm waterproof jacket, a scarf, and gloves will help to keep the cold at bay.

SUN PROTECTION: SUNSCREEN, SUNHAT, AND SUNGLASSES

Remember when you’re out in the bush to protect yourself from the sun. Pack a quality pair of sunglasses to protect your eyes—polarized sunglasses work best to reduce glare. A wide-brimmed hat is also recommended to reduce your direct exposure to the sun. Finally, ensure you apply sunscreen before and during your safari game drive, we recommend a sunscreen that is scent-free.

 

 

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