If you’ve booked your first safari with Namibia Tracks & Trails or are in your final planning stages before booking, you’re probably wondering what to pack.
If you’ve never been on a safari, you might be imagining a packing list of survivalist essentials.
But with Namibia Tracks and Trails, time spent on one of our safaris is a fun mix of high-end camps with outdoor adventure that will bring you close to nature while keeping you totally safe and comfortable.
Our safari packages include luxury accommodations, fine dining, and fully-stocked bars. One of our camps even has an in-ground swimming pool.
That being said, the places we visit belong to Mother Nature. The heat, sun, wind, wildlife, and the insects are all part of the excitement of an African safari, and should be planned for accordingly.
But with a little planning and proper packing, you can be prepared for whatever a Namibian safari tosses at you. Whether that be repellant to keep the biting mosquitos at bay, or Aspirin to soothe a headache after one too many after-dinner cocktails.
Your safari packing list for an adventure with Namibia Tracks and Trails is less about what you’ll need to survive in the Namibian wild, and more about what can make your journey even better than it’s already guaranteed to be.
Read on for our recommended packing list.
Here we’ve outlined our recommended packing list by category.
In general, a Namibian safari calls for casual and comfortable clothing that is loose-fitting, breathable, and in enough layers to accommodate the hot days and cool nights.
Some safari guides will tell you to wear neutral tones, but we say wear whatever you want — just avoid all white or all black, which will stick out to animals. Plus, white gets dirty fast.
Be sure to bring long-sleeve clothing to help protect you from both the sun and insects, particularly mosquitos, which are especially active from November to April.
It’s important to remember that you might be limited in how much baggage you can bring (more on this below), so we recommend only bringing the essentials and packing wisely.
Our camps have laundry service, so you can wash your clothes whenever you need to. Consider packing no more than 3 or 4 outfits max.
The clothing you should pack for your safari includes:
If you pack all the wrong clothes for your safari, you’ll still manage. But your trip will be impossible if you forget some basic essentials like your passport and money.
Here are the items you absolutely need for your safari:
While we seek to provide a comfortable environment for all our guests, the one thing we can’t control is the weather.
For this reason, we recommend packing the following items to protect yourself from the sun, heat, and insects on your adventure:
This short list of recommended items will greatly enhance your Namibian safari adventure:
You’re going to see a lot of amazing wildlife and gorgeous landscapes in Namibia. A high-quality camera is a must to give these images the justice they deserve.
Casual travelers may be fine using their smartphone to take photos and video. But for higher quality photos, you’ll want to bring a DSLR camera with zoom capabilities.
Don’t forget extra memory cards and a backup battery for your camera.
One important thing to note is that whatever you plan to bring, you have to make sure you can fit it all in your allowed baggage.
Your international flight to Namibia will likely allow a couple of large suitcases. But if your journey with Namibia Tracks and Trails includes any charter flights, you’ll be limited to less baggage.
Specifically, passengers on charter flights are allows just one soft bag per person, weighing no more than 20kg each and measuring under 25cm x 30cm x 62cm.
Luggage on charter flights cannot have wheels, and can’t be hard suitcases. Only soft bags such as duffels and backpacks are allowed.
Now that your bags are packed and you’re ready to go, it’s time to study up on Namibia’s wildlife, culture, weather, and more!