Below is a travel checklist to help with preparation for your trip to Africa but it also wise to check with a travel clinic, your country’s foreign office and your travel agent.
The Highlands, where most safaris take place, can dramatically drop in temperature overnight so it is wise to bring warm clothes for the evening and for early morning starts in an open-top jeep. We advise the following:
- Cotton polo shirts
- Durable khaki trousers
- Durable khaki shorts
- Thin jacket (ideal for late afternoon when the temperature starts to drop but it is still fairly warm)
- Hiking boots or trainers
- Smart-casual clothing for dinner
- Swimwear (some lodges have safe watering holes or swimming pools)
Like any beach holiday, pack plenty of swimwear, shorts, t-shirts and cotton dresses. Be aware that topless sunbathing is illegal on East African beaches and if you plan on visiting towns and historic places, modest dress is recommended – women should always cover their knees, chest and shoulders.
Whether you’re tackling the mammoth Mount Kilimanjaro in Tanzania or trekking in the Atlas Mountains in Morocco, you’ll need some specialist gear. Some you’ll be able to hire when you get there but if you don’t want to risk it, here are some basic essentials:
- Warm windproof and waterproof jacket with hood
- Walking trousers
- Warm underwear
- Hiking boots
- Waterproof gloves, hat, scarf
- Sleeping bag
Along with the above, there are a few general essentials you really shouldn’t forget:
- Plane tickets
- Passports (including any visas you need)
- Money, travellers cheques and credit cards
- Travel insurance
- First aid kit
- Insect repellant
- Malaria tablets
- Vaccination certificates
Don’t forget to visit a travel clinic at least six months before you intend to travel as some vaccinations need to be administered over a period of several months. Always carry vaccination certificates with you as some countries require proof at the border, especially for the Yellow Fever vaccination.
Lastly, the most important advice is to have a fantastic time, always smile (things may go wrong but you’re on the adventure of a lifetime so don’t sweat the small stuff), and take loads of photos!
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