Top Ten "Must Have" items to take on safari


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  • Common sense
  • Binoculars
  • A wide-brimmed hat
  • Sunscreen and lip-salve (total block or high protection)
  • Sunglasses
  • Mozzie ammunition(repellant spray/cream, anti-malarial pills)
  • Sensible clothing - lightweight, cotton tops/shorts in neutral colours; long-sleeved tops/trousers/long skirts for evenings (keeps mozzies out); a tracksuit; a cotton wrap; comfortable, light walking boots or shoes.
  • Basic personal first-aid kit including: anti-malarian tablets; aspirin/pain killers, re-hydration (salt) tablets; plasters, scissors, tweezers, a bandage, safety pins, antiseptic cream, eyedrops, antihistamine cream/pills and a broad-spectrum antibiotic (optional).
  • A money-belt or waist pouch (in preference to a shoulder bag)
  • A small torch or headlight (always useful in places where there is no elecricity, or late at night when the generator has been turned off).
  • Patience and a sense of humour!

Next Five "Essentials"

  • Drinking water/Beer/Wine
  • Ice
  • Matches or a small lighter
  • Loo Paper
  • A guide (professional or paperback)

(With acknowledgement to Dov Fedler for his lovely cartoon, entitled "Safari Junkie" - from The Guide's Guide to Guiding by Garth Thompson (published in 2001 by Jacana).

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