7-Things you don't need on African safari

An African safari holiday will bring you to remote places of nature, the prime safari destinations of Africa. To get there, often light aircraft transfers are the mode of transport. For these flights strict luggage allowances of 15 or 20 kg including hang luggage are the standard, which can cause panic when packing for the trip. But there is no reason for panicking. You don’t need much.

  • You don’t need smart clothes and high heel shoes. Safaris are a casual and informal affair in the middle of nature, although meals and wine are served like in a gourmet restaurant.
  • You don’t need 10 pairs of shoes; two are enough, 1 pair of closed sport shoes or hiking shoes and one pair of flip-flops.
  • You don’t need a hairdryer. The higher end safari camps and lodges will provide one and the more rustic camps will not require perfectly styled hair.
  • You don’t need a TV. Well, that has nothing to with luggage, but should be mentioned here. There is so much happening on safari and the view from your safari tent or room will offer the most awesome nature, that you will forget, that there is something like a TV.
  • You don’t need to bring your entire photographic equipment. A camera body with a good zoom lens for the wildlife and one wide angle lens for the landscape will be perfect.
  • You don’t need to bring shampoo, shower gel and similar products. Most of the safari lodges and camps provide that.
  • You don’t need to bring worries. They can weigh more than a big suitcase and spoil the experience. An African safari allows you to leave all worries at the entrance gate and enjoy being guided through an amazing experience of nature and African wildlife. And don’t worry about the Big Five and what animals you will see. You will be surprised what the bush has to offer you.

Travel light on safari and you will have the greatest time. Laundry at the lodges and camps will help to make it easy and the wildlife won’t be interested in fancy clothes and perfect hair. Surrender to nature and enjoy your African safari holiday.

Ute Sonnenberg for Roho Ya Chui, Travel Africa