Africa Green Travelers

Safari Packing list

Embark on a Uganda or East Africa safari and create unforgettable memories. Our carefully curated packing list ensures you’re fully prepared for every moment of your African adventure. Whether you’re gearing up for a thrilling wildlife safari or an encounter with the majestic mountain gorillas in Bwindi Forest, our guidelines have you covered.

Here’s what you’ll need:

  1. A daypack or backpack for carrying cameras and essentials during wildlife drives and activities.
  2. Opt for light-colored, lightweight clothing to minimize the risk of tsetse fly bites, particularly in Uganda and arid regions of East Africa. Khaki and dull white are ideal choices.
  3. Consider wearing shorts and a T-shirt during the day, switching to long-sleeved shirts and pants in the evenings.
  4. Keep your essentials in your carry-on luggage to avoid any inconvenience in case of delayed or lost checked baggage.
  5. For sun sensitivity, pack a loose, long-sleeved cotton shirt for daytime wildlife drives and gorilla treks.
  6. Bring a lightweight, breathable, windproof outer shell or jacket.
  7. Don’t forget a lightweight rain jacket, rain pants, and a rain poncho, especially during the rainy season.
  8. Pack 1-2 sweaters, sweatshirts, or fleece pullovers for cooler evenings and early mornings, particularly from June to September.
  9. Remember to include a warm hat, gloves, and scarf for added comfort in chilly weather.
  10. Opt for lightweight walking shoes and gaiters for nature walks, ensuring closed-toe shoes are worn. An extra pair of shoes or sport sandals can be handy.
  11. Pack 2-3 T-shirts or polo-style shirts, along with 2 lightweight, long-sleeved shirts and 2-4 pairs of long pants for varying temperatures throughout the day.
  12. Include a swimsuit for camps with swimming pools.
  13. Don’t forget sleepwear, a round hat with a brim, socks, undergarments, and a bandana or neck buff for added versatility and comfort during your safari experience.

East Africa safari Packing List Additional Items

Cash

For gratuities or you may also want to bring envelopes for discreet presentation, personal spending on souvenirs, Internet use or food and beverages not included in your itinerary

Insect repellent and anti-itch ointment

Bug repellent is available for purchase at most of the camps/Lodges, so you only need to bring one if you wish to use a specific brand or particular choice. Please NOTE: Repellents containing DEET are the most effective against mosquitoes, but please be aware that DEET is a very strong ingredient which can damage plastics, clothing and equipment.

Water bottle

Gorilla Walking safaris  would provide you with one for safari, But you may want to carry a preferred one for yourself or two (Optional)

Binoculars

Binoculars are definitely a must! We strongly suggest that each client bring his or her own pair of binoculars, as you will be using them continuously while on wildlife drives. If possible, we highly recommend investing in a good quality pair. Initially, the cost may be higher, Waterproof binoculars will enhance your wildlife viewing experience.

Outlet adapter and/or power converter

You may want to consider bringing an outlet adapter for your room use or personal phone and cameras. Camps & lodges do provide some but only chargeable at the Reception area.

Sunglasses with U.V. filter

Sunglasses are helpful for sun protection and can also be useful eye protection on walks or drives during sunny days

Headlamp or small flashlight

Flashlights are provided at nearly all of our camps, but depending upon the number of travelers, there may only be one per tent. We recommend that each traveler bring a small but powerful flashlight (or headlamp) to have for personal use.

Shampoo, conditioner & soap/body wash

You may opt for this ONLY & ONLY if you wish to use a specific brand. These items are provided free of charge at all of our accommodations.

Personal Preference Lotion, Toothbrush & paste, Deodorant, Brush or comb, Sunscreen & lip balm (at least SPF15)

Prescription medications & favorite remedies. For headaches, colds, upset stomach, skin irritations, diarrhea and If you are prone to motion sickness you may want to bring your favorite remedy for small plane transfers.

Small medical kit: Only the basics or special medicines. All of the camps and vehicles have kits for use on your east Africa safari, should it be necessary.

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