Packing for a Self Drive Safari in Africa

Planning a self-drive safari in Africa is something hectic and challenging mostly for first-time travelers to the continent. Self-drive safari always involves doing everything by yourself starting from organizing the itinerary, booking accommodation, and choosing which things to carry. The most important part you should put in mind when planning a self-drive safari is booking a 4×4 safari vehicle to use on your safari.

This post is focused on what things to park when going for a self-drive safari in Africa and below is the guideline of what to carry when planning a safari in Africa.

Africa is the second largest continent in the world and the most challenging thing when planning a self-drive safari in Africa is choosing which country to visit when and why, the most loved and visited countries in Africa include, South Africa due to its amazing wildlife in Kruger National Park and other wildlife parks in the country, Egypt, Zimbabwe, Zambia, Tanzania, Kenya, Uganda, and others.

Packing for a safari in Africa mostly always depends on the destinations you plan to visit for example there are some countries where the rains are random. To this note, all intended visitors to such countries are expected to bring Long trousers or pants- to avoid stinging nettles please do not wear short pants when visiting the tropical rain forest of East and Central Africa like Bwindi Impenetrable Forest in Uganda, Virunga National Park in DR. Congo, Volcanoes National Park in Rwanda and many others. More so the trousers must be strong enough to withstand occasional pulls from thorns.

Nature Walking Safari in African Jungle

Since it’s called a self-drive safari, gloves are necessary since you will have to do everything yourself like changing a tire in case of a puncture. You will not love to carry a dirty tire with your bare hands and that is where gloves will be of importance. In addition to that, for those planning to do forest hikes or even gorilla trekking in Uganda, Rwanda, or DR. Congo, gloves will be necessary to save you from bush thorns injuries.

An average waterproof sturdy walking boot reaching your ankle is also recommended when parking for a self-drive safari in Africa. A climbing boot is not necessary unless when you’re planning to go mountain climbing. Something light and hardy is recommended.

Depending on the countries you plan to visit, most African countries receive heavy rainfall and It can rain anytime even on hot days. It’s advisable to do reasonable research about the destinations you plan to visit and find out whether you will need a long-sleeved raincoat or not.

NOTE: In case you are planning to go chimpanzee or gorilla trekking in Uganda, Rwanda, or DR. Congo, carrying a raincoat is a must.

Film Camera – You will need to take back home photos and films for remembrance, therefore film cameras for domestic use are recommended.

The above list is our suggestion to whoever going for a self-drive safari in Africa but you may have your own preferences. You can also ask your travel booking agent for any more information about self-driving in Africa, or send us an email at Or call us at +254 781 641945