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When Travelling To Africa, You Must Have These Essentials

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Written by See Africa Today

An African safari is a dream come true, literally because nothing beats the adventure of travelling to Africa.

While you look forward to finally coming down to Africa, purpose on making the best of these moments. Gladly, you have control of how you shape these moments by simply tagging along with essential things for a classic African tour.

So, what do you need to complete your African adventure? Read on to find out.


If I were you, the first item in my backpack would be a camera. With Africa’s natural beauty, who would want to miss out on photographing the breathtaking scenery and wildlife?

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A tourist capturing magical moments in an African Park.[Photo/Asili Adventures]

Things have evolved and phones can now take decent images. But they cannot take immaculate professional photos of something you’ve never seen before. So, a good camera should definitely be on your Africa safari packing list.

Batteries And Extra Memory Cards

Imagine your camera switching off because it wasn’t fully charged. Or imagine you being unable to capture more photos because your memory is full. If you were still enjoying the safari, that may be a heartbreaking experience. So it’s a good idea to include some extra memory cards and batteries in your African packing list.


One of the most critical items to include on your Africa packing list is binoculars. In fact, a safari in Africa would be incomplete without them. You’ve probably seen a lot of photographs of travellers in Africa using binoculars. It’s not just about fashion, but also to get a closer look at Africa’s natural beauties. So you’ll need a set of beautiful and high-quality binoculars to get a closer look at faraway animals and birds.

Universal Travel Adapter

If you’ve travelled to different nations, you’ve probably noticed the difference in types of wall sockets. Because you are unfamiliar with the African country you will be visiting, bring a universal travel adapter with you. That country may use a different type of socket than your native country. It also eliminates the need to buy a different travel adapter for each country you visit.

Power Bank

I’m sure we all want to stay in touch with the rest of the world, particularly our families back home. Power outages are widespread in some regions of Africa. A Portable Power Bank will allow you to stay connected even if the power goes out.

Portable Solar Charger

Get a solar portable charger if you’re planning a trip to one of Africa’s off-the-beaten-path. A solar portable charger will come in handy for all those clear reasons. When the power goes out or when the place you’re travelling to has no electricity.


When the electricity goes out, especially at night, as it often does in several African countries, you don’t want to be in complete darkness. That is why a flashlight should be one of the items on your African safari packing list. You’ll need a good flashlight whether you went camping or were still on a hiking trail when darkness fell.

Kindle E-Reader

Even if Africa is full of natural beauty, there will come a time when you just want to sit in a chair and read a nice book. That does not imply hauling a large number of hefty books. Simply carry this Kindle E-reader with you and you’ll be able to read a variety of books while on the go.

Noise Canceling Earphone

Even in the most congested locations, we all desire our “personal” space now and then. Listening to music on your phone instead of lying on the beach barefooted could be “alone” time. So buy noise-cancelling headphones to make sure you can shut out all the background noise. They’re also fantastic on the plane, so you’re effectively killing two birds with one stone.

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Tourist in an African park. [Photo: TourRadar]

Waterproof Case for Smartphone

Africa has stunning beaches as well as its safaris and animals. So, if you want to take that perfect African photo in the water, a smartphone waterproof case will come in handy.

Pac Safe

We all know that safety is essential no matter where we travel, and a vacation to Africa is no exception. Carry a little Pac safe with you to keep the essentials safe. You can store your passport, extra cash, and any valuables you may have brought with you on your trip. If the hotel or hostel you’re staying at doesn’t have a security locker, the Pacsafe comes in handy.

It comes with a wire that you can wrap around hotel fittings like a bed or chair to keep your possessions safe in case of a burglary. It is always good to be a wise traveller who takes precautions.

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About the author

See Africa Today

Pharis Kinyua is the editor of See Africa Today. With over seven years of experience in digital media, he has a soft spot for African tours and travel. His drive is to tell the rest of the world what Africa offers, the best accommodation facilities, national parks, culture, shopping malls and best airline deals to travel to Africa

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