An African safari is the pinnacle of adventure. You may have seen a few wildlife docs in your time, but nothing can prepare you for the real thing – the glorious sun emerging over folding plains, illuminating some of the world’s most impressive wildlife.

Fortunately, when it comes to packing for an African Safari, we can prepare you for the real thing. Because if, like us, you’re planning an epic adventure in 2023, you’re probably wondering: what should I pack for a safari? Read on for everything you’ll need in your ultimate African safari packing list (and the things best left back home).

Quick fire Qs

What should you not wear on an African safari?

When it comes to safari clothing you want to make sure you’re not packing anything too heavy or too revealing – the bugs are everywhere and you need to stay protected somehow. Unless endless mosquito bites are your thing…

What colour do you wear on an African safari?

While there are no set rules, you can wear what you want, generally neutral colours are the most common and accepted. It’s all about blending in with the dust and the brush so as not to disturb the animals.

What color should you not wear on a safari?

Again, there aren’t any set rules, but maybe stay away from the neon…

Can I wear leggings on safari?

You sure can! If you’re wanting to wear them during the day we’d recommend they be quite light weight to withstand the heat, but if you want to wear them camping at night, the thicker the better! It gets cold in these open plains.


You probably picture yourself walking cracked plains in your heftiest hiking boots, but these are heavy and will take up a lot of space. Packing light is key, and something lightweight will do much better, such as a pair of waterproof, lightweight trail runners. If you’re talking a walking safari, make sure they’re comfortable and nice and padded as well. In this heat you’ll want something as breathable as possible.


Don’t forget these essentials:

  • Insect repellent – Skin-covering clothing is important, but if you go on an African safari without insect repellent you’ll likely be massacred. You’ll want to bring an insect repellent with you, with a high DEET count (at least 95%). These products don’t smell pleasant, but are vital in keeping the insects at bay. One application should last around eight hours.
  • Sun protection – Factor 50 is a good idea – you don’t want to come home looking like a flamingo.
  • First aid kit – When you’re getting this intimate with adventure, health and safety should be a high concern. For starters, you’ll want some antidiarrheals, malaria tablets, hand sanitiser, anti bacterial cream and bandages or plasters.
  • Anything quick dry – Depending on when you go you might miss the rain altogether, but if you do end up getting caught under some showers, a quick drying anorak or pair of shoes will be your best friend.
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