Packing List for a Luxury Safari

Packing light for a luxury safari

This post is a continuation from the previous post about how to pack for a luxury safari.  In this section we’ll focus not on the “how’s and why’s”, but rather the “what’s” in terms of what should I pack for my African safari?

Here is a comprehensive packing list.  You’re welcome!


  • Passport (valid for at least 6 months from date of return)
  • Passports MUST have at least TWO BLANK PAGES!
  • Photocopies of the inside of your passports.  Leave one set at home, along with an itinerary and contact info of where you’ll be.
  • Airline Ticket confirmations
  • Cash ($300 – $500 per person, depends on the shopping and gratuities)
  • Credit cards for larger purchases or emergencies

CLOTHING (for duffle bag):

  • 2 – 3 pair of khaki style pants or jeans
  • 2 – 3 short sleeved shirts
  • 2 – 3 long sleeved shirts
  • 2 Safari dresses, skirt or pants for casual dinners (optional)
  • 2 pair of khaki style shorts
  • comfortable walking shoes, tennis shoes or lightweight boots. (They may get dirty!)
  • light shoes for evenings (optional)
  • undergarments
  • pajamas or sweat suit
  • 4 – 5 pair of socks
  • pair of gloves (optional but recommended)
  • swimsuit (optional)
  • wide brimmed hat
  • warm jacket, windbreaker or “bush” jacket
  • workout clothes (optional!)


  • Aspirin
  • Antiseptic cream
  • chapstick or lip balm
  • Sunscreen
  • Band-Aids
  • kleenex
  • Skin moisturizer
  • Eye & Nose drops
  • Shaving Kit (non electric)
  • Sunglasses (an extra pair is a bonus!)
  • Hair brush
  • Nail Clippers
  • Personal Toiletries  (most camps provide shampoo, conditioner and lotion)
  • Insect repellant
  • Toothbrush and Toothpaste
  • pre-moistened wrapped towelettes for a quick refresh
  • Extra pair of prescription glasses or contacts
  • Anti-Diarrhea medicine (our doctor prescribes cipro)


  • Camera (see photo tips)
  • Extra camera battery
  • Adapter  (Africa’s voltage is 220-440 AC)
  • Travel power strip
  • Good binoculars
  • Journal / diary
  • Reading material  (but don’t be surprised if you don’t read as much as you’d think!)
  • Deck of cards
  • Malaria pills



Elephants along the river

My love affair with beautiful Botswana

“Think of Botswana like the theater. When you visit you are not just watching a play.  It’s like you’re part of it.” – Jane Lee Winter 

Beautiful Botswana

Beautiful just doesn’t do justice to the magnificence that is Botswana. The varied landscape, abundant wildlife, and most importantly to me: the people. They won my heart the first time I set foot in the African Country in 1983. They are warm and welcoming and full of country pride. I love to visit the villages and watch the women cook the water lillies, weave the baskets and see the community engage in their traditional song and dance.

When we bring hosted groups to Botswana and their neighboring countries; Zambia, Namibia, Zimbabwe and South Africa, we like to offer the opportunity to include philanthropy in their trip. We support the Ebenezer Orphanage in Zambia and always try to pay them a visit. I have delighted in watching clients offer a lesson in the classroom or assist at the orphanage.

As a retail travel professional I am never at a loss for places to go, but rather privileged to have to have passion and ability to explore the world at my will.  Some places I return to but many I do not. Since 1991 my husband and I have returned every year with a focus on Botswana safari camps. Botswana is a place that calls me back year-after-year and it is my pride and joy to be able to share the wonders of this special place with any bold traveler desiring a taste of its splendor.