Taking a pair of binoculars on a safari is a definite MUST! Every person will want to have their own binoculars because you will not want to pass them back and forth when the action starts. While you may get the pleasure of seeing animals close to the vehicles, there are just as many that keep their distance. Most animals are extremely well camouflaged, they can be very hard to spot with the naked eye! Some safari game drive vehicles are not always able to travel off the designated roads which can lead to frustration and disappointment when there are animals far away or when action is taking place far away. You will also want to scan the trees a well-camouflaged leopard, get a close-up view of a kill, or admire the intricate feathers of a bird. So, don’t forget to invest in a good quality of binoculars, pack them and look after them to make your trip more exciting.
We all know that in the bush there are many, MANY bugs and insects, especially the pesky mosquito! Mosquitoes and other biting insects are drawn to the smell, warmth and chemicals secreted by human bodies, so forming a barrier between the biting insects and all areas of exposed skin on your body, is definitely a necessity. Malaria exists throughout Africa, although inland you will probably see very few mosquitoes, perfume attracts them after dark. The best method of protection is to cover up after dark and use a repellent, but for extra precaution, keep it on all day. Malaria is a serious business, so if you get what seems to be the flu, even up to three months after your return home, see your doctor immediately and inform that you were in a malarial area. Not all Guest lodges provide insect repellents or mosquito nets so it is always essential to pack in your own. You can then ensure you have it on you at all times.
The African savannah climate can be a very hot climate. It will be clever to wear many layers of clothing for game drives - it can get fairly chilly on the back of that vehicle and you will want to be comfortably warm while viewing the wildlife. The mornings can start off quite chilly but will warm up quickly so wear clothes you can take off easily. Think gloves, beanies, scarves and jackets. Wear neutral tones and light fabrics, preferably cotton. These fabrics work best in a hot climate. You may want to avoid bright colours as you will want to blend in as much as possible. Think khaki, green and yellow. Remember to add some t-shirts as well as some shorts. Do not pack white shirts, they show the dirt up easily and make you highly visible to the animals especially if you are going on bush hikes. And don’t forget to pack in a hat.
Unless you are doing a walking safari, there is no need to pack heavy-duty hiking boots. A good durable pair of trainers and socks should be enough. The choice is yours but just make sure you have comfortable shoes. You may also need to walk from rest camp to the game drive vehicle, or to walk to the bathrooms, and wearing closed comfortable shoes can get you a long way! You may also want to go on a walk through the bush with a Guide, and you will need a pair of closed shoes. You will also want to pack in a pair of sandals/slop for around the lodge or pool during the day.
A picture paints a thousand words so when you go on a safari, be sure to take a camera with you so that you can preserve the memories you will never want to forget. The animals that you will see during your time spent there are absolutely beautiful. Another thing is that the bushveld produces magnificent sunrises and sunsets. There is nothing worse than witnessing all these great sunrises, sunsets or even animals and you go back home without any pictures to remember your experiences. You will want to take lots of photographs so make sure you take plenty of memory cards for your camera. PS - Don't forget to pack the charger!