What should I pack for my safari?

As a general rule, comfortable, practical and robust clothing that you can wash and wear works best on safari. We conduct our game drives in the early morning and mid-afternoon when it can be relatively cold. The temperature increases swiftly as the sun rises so layers that can be removed easily are a good idea. Fortunately, these items also work well on your international flights.

Our recommended packing list;

  • Clothes in neutral colours like khaki, green and tan work well as they clean well and are cooler in the heat of the day, they also have the added benefit of blending with the environment to allow you to get closer to wildlife without disturbing them.
  • Jeans or safari trousers for evenings and cooler days
  • Shorts or a light skirt
  • A lightweight waterproof jacket and fleece for those early morning and night drives and just in case you get caught in a rain shower
  • Long-sleeved shirts offer protection from the sun especially if they are SPR rated
  • Cotton T-shirts are the ideal base layer
  • Swimsuit if staying a camp with a refreshing pool
  • Comfortable walking shoes and a pair of flip flops, thongs or slops
  • Binoculars and camera equipment
  • All Lemala Camps and Lodges have charging stations, at Hamerkop and the Lodges these are located in your room, whilst in the tented camps, they are communally located in the mess or lounge.
  • Sunscreen, sunglasses, a hat, insect repellent, moisturiser and lip salve

If you are flying between your chosen safari camps and lodges in light aircraft the luggage allowance limits you to a maximum of 15 kg (33 lbs), unlike an international flight this includes your hand luggage, so please pack carefully. All Lemala camps and lodges provide same-day laundry service free of charge in order to help you manage this limitation – but please note for cultural reasons in our tented camps we are happy to provide soap powder for ladies “smalls.”