10 Essentials to take on Safari

10 Essentials to take on Safari

Going on safari is an incredible experience; something that everyone should do at least once in their lives. It’s everything that you’ve seen on Discovery channel, only better!

I have been fortunate enough to have led groups to various game parks around Africa, great memories that I will never forget.

Before you go on safari, you want to make sure that you have all the essentials to get the most out of your time searching for wildlife in the great wilderness! Enjoy!


  1. Camera with zoom   Having a good zoom on your camera is essential for snapping great pics! The wildlife is not always going to be near to the vehicle, so get up close to them from afar.


  1. Binoculars   Overlooked and often left at home, binoculars are a great way to enhance your experience by getting up close and personal with animals and bringing the wildlife to life!


  1. Wildlife guide book   What was that strange looking animal? Guide books are a great way to learn about animals your see in more detail. Be sure to get guide books  that are specific to the country/parks that you will be travelling to


  1. Safari Suit!   Well, not an actual safari suit, but light, breathable fabrics for hot weather that are neutral in color. Bring a sweater for the early morning starts when the air is cooler


  1. Sun protection   It can get hot out there looking for animals, especially in the dry season at midday! Bring a hat, sunglasses, sunscreen (SPF 30) and lip protection.


  1. Water Very important.  Make sure you have plenty to drink, especially in the heat and wind. Good for washing the safari dust and dirt off as well 


  1. Extra camera Batteries and memory card   Don’t underestimate the amount of photos you will take on safari; you don’t want to run out of memory or battery power just as your taking that great picture of that leopard up a tree!


  1. Snacks  Bring a few things to munch on, you will be out in the vehicle for a few hours


  1. Wet wipes/Hand sanitizer Great for a quick clean off  before eating and after bathroom breaks


  1. Toilet paper A travel essential…No explanation needed! :)


Written and contributed by originaltrails