Essential kit for going on a safari

Essential kit for going on a safari

Enjoy the experience of a lifetime in comfort and style with this list of essentials for heading out into the bush.

Published September 17, 2023

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This article was produced by National Geographic Traveller (UK).

1. Tropicfeel Men’s Zip-Off Pant

Clothing in neutral shades can elevate your game-spotting chances by helping you blend in with the bush. These trousers have also been created with versatility in mind, with a zip-on leg to combat insect bites and many pockets in which to keep bug spray and other small essentials. £119.

2. Keen NXIS Explorer Waterproof Boot

Part of Keen’s clever NXIS hiking range, the Explorer is a great companion for bush walks thanks to its cushioned midsole, all-terrain outsole and high-traction tread. The fit also leaves nothing to chance, securing the heel while creating space for the forefoot to spread out. Each sale supports a range of not-for-profit initiatives. £160.

3. Royal Robbins Women’s Evolution Jogger Pants

Largely made of recycled plastic bottles, these women’s joggers in everglade green will keep you comfortable during long drives thanks to their light, stretchy and breathable fabric. For more active pursuits, the moisture-wicking material’s stain-release technology and UPF protection are sure to come in handy, too. £80.

4. Thule Chasm Big 70l duffel bag 

This soft-shell with internal pockets is two bags in one: large grab handles make it easy to throw on and off vehicles, while removable shoulder straps convert it into a backpack, useful when walking longer distances. Swedish outdoor specialist Thule is part of the Bluesign system, which aims to reduce the negative impact of manufacturing. £130.

5. Patagonia Houdini Jacket

At just 100g, Patagonia’s classic windbreaker is ultralight. And while features are kept to a minimum to achieve this weight, it remains protective against wind and rain. With a zip-up pocket that converts into a stuff sack, it’s the ideal safeguard against sudden weather changes. £100.

6. Fjällräven Räven 28 

With smart details including zip-up inner pockets, spacious compartments and an interior webbing loop for attaching extra gear, this 28L backpack has enough room for a hat, water bottle, sunscreen and much more. Its hard-wearing, water-resistant fabric is designed to last for life, while the padded air mesh back panel also ensures comfort in hot weather. £120. 

7. Lifesystems Intensity 545 LED Hand Torch

Some camps have limited electricity, meaning a reliable light source is a must. This LED torch offers a solid level of brightness, five lighting modes and an adjustable beam covering 45 to 200 metres. The pocket-sized device is both water- and drop-resistant, while the rechargeable battery lasts up to 16 hours. £44.99.

8. Nikon MONARCH M5 8×42

Enjoy every last detail of your safari with these waterproof and fog-free binoculars that deliver excellent optics for the price — bright, sharp images with little distortion. The lightweight, durable body of just under 6in in length has an ergonomic, portable design, and its field of view of 335ft at 1,000 yards is suitable for safari. £329.

Published in the October 2023 issue of National Geographic Traveller (UK).

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