What to Pack

What to Pack

Temperatures and climate vary drastically from region to region and even throughout a single day. Basically the traveller should come prepared for hot, cold, wet and dusty conditions. Packing requires some careful thought and consideration.


  • Subdued safari colours such as khaki, green, beige and neutral colours (dark blue and black clothing is not practical during game drives but can be worn at the lodges)
  • Shirts with long sleeves for a chilly evening and even in summer: as protection from the sun & mosquitoes
  • Golf shirt/T shirts
  • Shorts or light skirts
  • (Safari) trousers for evenings and cooler days
  • A fleece or thick sweater is recommended for early morning and evening game drives & for use at the Ngorongoro Crater
  • Lightweight waterproof jacket
  • Swim and beachwear (Swimming pools available at each lodge).
  • Comfortable walking shoes (running/tennis shoes are fine).

Medication and Toiletries

  • Sun block with high SPF.  hat, moisturizer and lip-salve are all essentials.
  • Personal toiletries – all the Sopa Lodges have their own range of complimentary shampoo, conditioner, shower gel and body lotion
  • Malaria tablets if applicable - please seek advice from your General Practitioner.
  • Basic medical kit containing plasters, travel sickness tablets, anti-septic cream, anti-histamine cream, pain relieving tablets for headaches, indigestion tablets, eye drops, medication for upset stomachs, rehydrate sachets and after-sun moisturizer. If you have any allergies i.e. insect stings, or an asthma condition, please make sure you bring enough of your required medication with you.
  • Strong insect repellent.

Personal Eyewear

  • A good quality pair of sunglasses (tinted fashion glasses are not good in strong light),
  • If you wear contact lenses, bring enough solution & a pair of glasses in case your eyes get irritated.

Photographic and Optics Advice

  • A good camera with zoom function.
  • We recommend you bring plenty of memory cards/film and batteries. A dustproof bag ensures your camera is safe from the dust whilst on safari. 300 mm lenses are adequate for wildlife photography.
  • A pair of binoculars will enhance your game viewing experience and although your guide will have pairs available to use, you may wish to bring your own.
  • Please don’t forget to ask permission before taking a photograph of any East African resident. There could be a charge for this.