Get Set for your Safari!
An African safari has all the key elements for an exciting holiday – spending sustained time in the great outdoors, amazing wildlife encounters and being cocooned in the warmth of the African sunshine. The main safari season is fast approaching and now is a good time to make sure you have the right clothing, equipment and health protection organised. The experts at Nomad Travel & Outdoor have put together their top kit suggestions so you can make sure you have everything you need. The good news is that Exodus customers can book a private kit out consultation in any Nomad store free of charge!
Staying healthy on your safari is very important. Consult with Nomad Travel Clinics to be sure you have the correct vaccinations and anti-malarials. You can also discuss any worries you may have for other areas of travel health such as an upset stomach or travel sickness. And don’t forget that Exodus clients can benefit from a 15% discount on Nomad’s clothing and equipment online or in-store and 10% discount on vaccinations.
1. Travelproof 5 LEDs Headlight
Lighting is essential for night safaris and a headtorch frees up your hands to carry other equipment. A red LED function makes visibility at dusk/dawn much better without being too bright. Also handy for setting up your camera for night photography.
2. Craghoppers NosiLife Clothing
The nature of safari travel calls for lightweight, quick drying and easy to care for clothing. The Craghoppers Nosilife range have all these and also features moisture-wicking, sun-protective properties and have even got insect-repellent built into the fabric. The trousers zip off into shorts which also saves packing space and prevents over heating out on safari. Instant shorts!
The Nosilife long sleeved shirt not only offers sun protection but can also help guard against flying insects.
3. Barska Blackhawk Binoculars 12x25 WP
Getting up close and personal with the wildlife is what an African safari is all about so staying at a safe distance without sacrificing viewing quality is important. Go for a pair with at least 12x magnification and with crisp, detailed images.
4. Bugproof 50% Deet Spray
You’re likely to be more active early morning or early evening on safaris but unfortunately so are the insects. Protection is vital at these times and one of the most effective defences against mosquitoes and other flying insects is Deet spray.
5. Tilley Airflo Hat
The sun can shine relentlessly on the skin on the African continent. A wide brimmed hat will keep your face well covered and one with a higher crown and air vents can keep you cooler too. The Tilley Airflo is made to be sun smart and look smart.
6. Camelbak Better Bottle 0.75 Lt BPA Free
Water bottles can take a beating on safari and a strong, resilient bottle is essential. Whether you’re bumping around in a 4x4 or out trekking, you don’t want it leaking or spilling either. Get one that seals well and is also easy to drink from. The Better Bottle scores well on both counts thanks to its sipper like straw.
7. Icebreaker Hike Lite Crew Sock
Feet need to be cool and breathe on safaris and it’s important to consider all aspects of footwear including the socks. High breathability with light cushioning is best and merino wool offers excellent temperature control. The Icebreaker Hike Lite’s combination of merino and tech features prevents blisters and chafing, so you can walk for longer.
8. Adventure travel boots
Desert boots are a truly versatile piece of footwear. They will keep your feet cooler with their 100% suede fabric, are very comfortable and are highly breathable. Your feet won’t overheat and get sweaty because the natural material is fully breathable. The look is also on-trend at the moment so you can wear them down the high street when you get back.
9. The North Face Glacier Fleece ¼ Zip
It’s not all sunshine and heat in Africa. It can get quite chilly in the morning and evenings so a lightweight fleece that packs down small is great for stuffing into your day bag. One with a quarter zip neck allows for some temperature control and the latest Polartec fabric are more thermally efficient than ever.
10. Lightweight warm jacket
The early morning starts and late returns on safari can be chilly, pack some extra insulation just in case.
11. Shoulder Bag
More handy than a backpack - keep your camera, sunglasses and water bottle close to hand.
12. Water bottle and cover
On a drive or walking safari you can be out for hours. Carry at least a litre of water – 2 litres are even better.
Adventure travel boots such as the classic Desert Boot are ideal for the terrain you will encounter on a safari holiday – breathable and protective.
14. Ankle gaiters
Walking through the bush can be a prickly experience, this extra protection will pay off.
Safaris in the rainy season can catch you out – pack a poncho – its versatile, protects you and your belongings and can always be used as a ground sheet.
16. Sun cream
Sunburn can ruin any holiday, but especially one when you’re out in the sun on game drives all day. Make sure you pack a good, long-lasting sun block.
Your eagle eyed guide will spot wildlife you find hard to see. A good pair of sunglasses are essential.