Five things to carry when going on a Safari
There are so many safari articles online. I personally prefer articles written by individual bloggers because I can steal their ideas and use them for my own advantage muahaha! Just kidding, but I do genuinely enjoy reading about other people’s experiences, and how they create art through their creative writing skills. Believe it or not, writing articles is a hard task that demands your constant creative skills. I didn’t know how hard it was until I started doing it myself, but you know the best part about it? Blogging has no rules, you can express yourself however you want as long as long as it makes sense to the respondents, that’s what I love about it.
Where were we? Oh yeah! safaris! In this article I listed down the necessities, and the not so much necessities. The list was inspired by my recent safari trip. I thought this would be important to put out there for the future travelers because I really did not do much research for my trip before hand and I did experience some unnecessary stress because of that. I prepared this article because I don’t want the same thing happening to you. Without wasting more time let us begin shall we?
You don’t have to worry about carrying water, we got you covered. Our vehicles have coolers packed with bottled water and other refreshments you might need during the trip. So why talk about this then? Yes you got water but do you drink it? The weather in most national parks depending on the season and time of day is normally very dry. You might not feel dehydrated or thirsty because of the cool dry climate but make sure you take a sip or two regularly during your game drive. The last thing you want is to get a heat stroke under the mercy of the unforgiving savannah desert sun.
2) What are those?!
A good pair of shoes is always a good idea when planning for your safari. And when I say good I don’t mean a high end pair of Pierre Cardin’s (unless that’s how you roll, there’s nothing wrong with that). But I’m talking about a durable pair of closed shoes, preferably safari boots. This is even more important if you plan to go for a nature or safari walk. Since you are going to a wild territory you cant be too confident about what you will be exposing yourself to. It’s necessary you have a comfortable yet protective pair of shoes. But depending on your activity there’s nothing wrong with carrying your favorite pair of slippers or crocs, although it is strongly advised to wear closed shoes when doing out door activities.
3) Sun protective gear
You will need all the gear you can get to protect yourself from the intense sun during the day. I was advised prior my trip to carry a pair of shades and a hat but I forgot the last minute while packing. You can imagine what I had to go through. Most of my game drives were in the afternoon so I really got the taste of my own medicine. I would really advice you to carry at least one pair of sun glasses, sun screen, and a hat. If you have at least two of these things then you’ll be fine.
4) Wish I carried that jacket
If you’ve never been on a safari you might be a little confused. We talked so much about the savannah heat and sun, so why should I carry warm clothes? It doesn’t mean that these areas have a single climate throughout the year, or even a day, depending on the time of year you’ll be taking you trip you will need to consider packing a jacket or two, this is because the early mornings and evenings can be very chilly and you might need a little more than your linen t-shirt to stay warm. Take my experience as an example, I did not carry any warm clothes except a sweater with a very thin material, so literally just a t-shirt. When we visited the viewing point of the Ngorongoro crater it was extremely cold, and all I had was my woolen cultural shirt. Lets just say it was a ”bone chilling” experience, pun intended. Even if you are visiting during the dry season you can lay off those extra shorts, and carry a jacket or two. Better safe than sorry.
5) A good camera
I know this is not a basic survival kit necessity, but come on! Your going on a safari. I think its just logical to invest a little on a good camera before your trip. I used my phone during my trip and to be honest my pictures weren’t all that good. But it all depends on your interests, I’m really not into that photography life, I’m more of experience the moment kind of guy, i prefer saving an experience with my eyes instead of a camera. But if you love photography then i really suggest you get yourself a good camera. There are so many brands these days that do not fetch a crater in your wallet but still take pretty good pictures. You can do a little research of your own online. And hey! If you are a cheap skate like me, then borrow one from a friend.
Bug repellant cream
So just because i love you I’m giving you one more bonus carry on tip. Do not forget your bug repellant ointment. You can either carry a spray or an insect repellant that you can apply on your skin. When i was in a game drive in Tarangire, we had to pull up the windows because of the tsetse flies and ofcourse the mosquitos. Trust me worrying about bugs while you are supposed to be having the time of your life is a no no! Make sure you dont forget it.
Well that’s much about it. If you have any safari or travel related questions please do not hesitate to contact us. We will be more than happy to assist.
Hoping to hear back from you soon. Take care!
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