Packing for your first safari can be a bit daunting. What do you bring? What don’t you need? Below you’ll find our recommended list of things to bring along with you when you’re on safari.
While there is plenty of room in our safari vehicles for your larger suitcase, it's always handy to have a more manageable bag that you can have with you in the vehicle.
Nights and mornings in East Africa can be cold, so it's always good to have something a little warmer to throw on until the sun warms the plains up.
You never know when there's going to be a sudden squall or downpour, so packing a lightweight rain jacket is a good idea.
While you'll be safe and dry inside your safari vehicle, a rain jacket is a good option for when you're getting about camp
Much of your safari takes place within your safari vehicle, but you'll need a comfortable pair of shoes or hiking boots for walking to your lodges, snapping photos from the picnic spot, or if you've added any walking safaris to your itinerary.
Even in the car, you'll want a pair of comfortable shoes that cover your skin to prevent against sunburn and insect bites.
Perfect for both sun protection and to ward off hungry mosquitoes, a long sleeve shirt and trousers are also a good option for a cold morning or evening.
If you're staying in nicer lodges, you'll also wants these handy for dinner and drinks at the end of a long day.
The sun in East Africa can be quite intense, so sunglasses are a good protective measure and have the benefit of reducing glare while you're game-viewing
Joica Tours and Safaris vehicles come standard with a single pair of binoculars that you can share with your driver, but having your own pair is a good way to ensure you don't miss a second of the action.
You don't need an expensive pair. Even a travel-sized pair of binoculars is sufficient for game-viewing.