A couple of weeks ago, a friend mentioned that she had booked a trip to Africa to go on Safari – how exciting is that? Africa is somewhere that I have always dreamt of visiting, as I am a real animal lover.
I have always wanted to see the big cats, zebras and elephants in their natural habitats. Plus, there is something about the tribal fashion in many of Africa’s countries that interests me. So for me, taking a trip to somewhere in Africa would be a big accomplishment, especially if it included a Safari.
I may not have a holiday to Africa planned just yet, but I thought that I would put together a guide to all the essentials, so that whenever I go, I am prepared. Plus, I thought that if you or any of your friends are off on Safari, this guide might come in handy.
For all the must haves for a trip to Africa, take note of my tips and ideas, below:
Your travel documents
Yes, this might be a little dull, but if you forget one of your travel documents, you could end up getting in trouble. The key things to remember are your passport – forget this and you won’t be able to go anywhere, insurance documents, and visa, if you need one.
If you are travelling to South Africa from the UK and hold a full passport with at least six months on it, you won’t need a visa. When you enter the airport, you will be given a temporary visitors permit, allowing you to stay for up to three months. However, if you are visiting North Africa, you may need a visa, so it’s important to look into this, before your trip.
As well as these items, it’s also crucial that you don’t forget your boarding pass, plane ticket, and any flight information, that you need. Forget these things, and you could end up missing your flight and being stuck in a foreign airport.
The right clothing
If you have booked a Safari for your trip, you will need two types of clothing. For when you are on Safari, you will need clothing that is not too bright, as this could scare wildlife away. It’s also not advisable to wear white, as this will get dirty incredibly quickly. Opt for outfits in muted hues of green, brown, and tan – avoid black as much as possible.
For when you are out and about and relaxing at your hotel, you will need a selection of fashionable pieces. Believe it or not, it can get incredibly cold in Africa, especially at night, so make sure to take items that can be used to layer.
Whenever I go away, I opt to take a capsule wardrobe with me. This contains a mixture of key pieces that I can mix and match to create various looks and combinations. With luggage restrictions becoming stricter, if you want to look fabulous, a capsule wardrobe is a real must.
Overall, here are the clothes that you need to pack:
Six to eight tops – some short sleeved, some long sleeved.
A dress or two, just in case you want to dress up for a meal out.
Five pairs of trousers and leggings – this is especially important if you are visiting in the colder winter months. If you want to be able to wear your leggings with a cute tee or strap top, ensure that they are thick enough.
Two bikinis for when you are relaxing by the pool – you can always mix and match these. It might also be worth packing a kimono or cover up for popping on over your bikini when sunbathing.
Underwear – it might sound obvious, but it’s worth mentioning.
Thick socks – if you plan on doing lots of walking, a couple of pairs of thick socks for your walking boots are absolute must haves.
Accessories are also crucial for your trip – just because you are going on Safari, that doesn’t mean you can’t look stylish. Cute stud earrings, statement necklaces, stylish sunnies, and printed scarves are vacation must haves.
A waterproof coat is also vital, especially if you are visiting during the rainy season.
Don’t forget to pack three pairs of shoes. As well as a pair of walking boots, it’s also advisable to pack a pair of flip-flops or sandals, and also, some ankle boots.
Equipment and electronics
When it comes to making the most of your trip, the equipment and electronics that you pack are crucial. Simple things like your smartphone, packing a plug adaptor and taking your Kindle are vital for making your trip more enjoyable. If you like to take care of your hair, taking a hair dryer and straightening iron are also musts.
If, you want to make the most of your trip by spotting as many animals as possible, like Safari Drive advises, you also need a pair of binoculars. If you want to capture memories of these animals, having a good-quality camera is also essential.
Beauty bits and bobs
Daily essentials, such as shampoo, conditioner, shower gel, facial scrub, and a shaver are vital. As is your makeup bag, and if your hair is prone to getting tangled, detangling spray.
Sunscreen, insect repellent and aftersun are also essential. To help heal bites and stings more quickly, a tube of aloe vera gel is also a must.
I would also recommend packing a mini first aid kit, just in case. This should include bandages, plasters – spray on plaster are fantastic, antiseptic wipes and cream.
If you want to make the most of your trip to Africa, you need to ensure that you have everything that you will need. Follow the advice above, and you can ensure that you don’t forget any important essentials for your trip.