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Packing list for East African Safaris

Check our packing list for your Uganda East African safari. Find out what to pack to stay comfortable and safe on your Uganda safari or tour

Packing list for East African safaris for individuals, school tours, and other groups.

  • Airline baggage allowances: how much you are actually allowed to carry by your airline
  • Pack light, especially if you have to walk a lot on your trip
  • Check the average temperatures for the time you will be travelling

Documentation is essential on your packing list to Africa

  • You must take an up-to-date passport. If your passport is old, check and make sure it does not expire while you are in Africa. The expiry date of your document has to be at least 60 days after you return from your trip.
  • You will need a visa to enter Uganda, Kenya and nearly all African countries. It is advisable to acquire your visa in your country of origin before you travel. However, you can get visas on entry in Uganda at Entebbe International Airport. Check for entry requirements to other countries or contact us for more details. Keep all of your documents in a safe place at all times.
  • Record details of your travel documents before you leave. Note credit card numbers, travellers cheques etc. and write down procedures and telephone numbers in case of loss. Make copies of your passport and other personal documents, and package separately. Nominate a family member or a trustworthy person in your home country to assist you should your documents be lost or stolen. Your passport, boarding card and other necessary documents should be easily accessible when you board your flight and in your destination country.

 Baggage type:

Suitcases are very difficult to move around with and can be quite heavy. It is advisable that you take lightweight baggage that is easy to carry. If you do take a suitcase, you will need a spare backpack which you can use when you go on Safari or travel up country. Ensure that the backpack you choose is right for your back.

Clothing Guide:

 Men/Boys

  1. 1 pair of comfortable shoes that can be worn to a nice restaurant or hotel
  2. 1 pair of flip flops to use at the guest house and for casual wear
  3. 3-4 pair of socks
  4. 1 sweater or light jacket
  5. 2 long sleeve casual shirts
  6. 1-2 pairs of casual trousers
  7. 1-2 pairs of shorts
  8. 1 belt
  9. A raincoat
  10. A pair of sunglasses
  11. 1-2 hats (for sun protection)
  12. 1-2 swim suits
  13. 3-4 t-shirts
  14. 1 pair of sturdy shoes or walking boots for hiking
  15. Prescription glasses with spare pair (note: contact lenses are difficult to use on safari due to the high amount of dust)

  Women/Girls

  1. 1 pair of comfortable shoes that can be worn to a nice restaurant or hotel
  2. 1 pair of flip flops to use at the guest house and for casual wear
  3. 3-4 pair of socks
  4. 1 sweater or light jacket
  5. 1-2 swim suits
  6. 1-2 pairs of light-weight casual trousers or dresses (below the knee)
  7. 1-2 pairs of shorts (long is best)
  8. 1 belt
  9. 3-4 casual short sleeve blouses or t-shirts
  10. 2 long sleeve casual blouses
  11. A rain coat
  12. 1 pair sunglasses
  13. 1-2 hats (for sun protection)
  14. 1 pair of sturdy shoes or walking boots for hiking
  15. Prescription glasses with spare pair (note: contact lenses are difficult to use on safari due to the high amount of dust)

Toiletries and linens

  1. Toothpaste/toothbrush/mouthwash*
  2. Shampoo/conditioner *
  3. Soap/shower gel*
  4. Deodorant*
  5. Tissues*
  6. Towel and hand towel (You can purchase these things in Africa as well)

Hand Luggage

  1. Guide book
  2. Reading book
  3. Personal money (pounds sterling or US dollars)
  4. Indigestion/diarrhoea/ travel sickness tablets
  5. Small note pad and pen (always handy)
  6. Snacks/packed lunch for coach journey

  Medical items:

  1. Mosquito repellent (with high DEET %)
  2. Malaria prophylaxis tablets
  3. Pain killers
  4. Antiseptic/antibiotic cream
  5. Plasters
  6. Wet wipes/baby wipes/hand sanitizer
  7. Sunscreen lotion
  8. Anti-diarrhoea tablets
  9. Ear plugs (optional)
  10. Prescription medicine (enough to last the duration of your trip)

  Miscellaneous

  1. Your up-to-date passport
  2. Visa for destination country
  3. Handheld fan (the small battery-operated ones do the job well)
  4. A good camera, extra batteries/charger
  5. Binoculars (optional but highly recommended)
  6. An alarm clock
  7. Small torch/flashlight
  8. Donations for schools/orphanages
  9. Power adapters/voltage protectors (voltage can fluctuate highly in Uganda; you can purchase these in Kampala as well)

NOTE: The electricity supply in East Africa is 240 Volts A/C.

Camping Safaris (backpacking):

  1. Two or three medium size towels (quick-dry if possible)
  2. Soap (with a plastic soap dish for easy travel)
  3. Shampoo/conditioner
  4. Sleeping bag
  5. Warm clothing for the evenings
  6. Torch/flashlight
  7. First aid kit
  8. Rain coat

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