At Amahoro Tours, we want all of our guests to be prepared for their safari in Africa, where they will embark on Rwanda tours, Congo tours, Uganda tours, gorilla trekking, and so much more. The list of safari essentials below — far from exhaustive — is supplied for reference only, to serve as a general guide. Where possible, luggage should be kept to a minimum due to the weight and space restrictions.

Many camps and lodges that will stay in during your safari tour will be able to provide laundry service, but usually no more than one item per day, per person. Small personal items of clothing are generally not included in the service.

African Safari Essentials:


  • Passports (with entry visas)
  • Health cards (vaccination certificate)
  • Airline tickets
  • Cash
  • Travellers’ Cheques, stubs, and serial numbers
  • Credit cards (Visa, Mastercard, American Express)
  • Photo-copy of passport, visas, and travel insurance papers

Safari Clothing

The list given below containing essential items to bring on your safari tour is for reference only. We recommend that you bring khaki and green coloured clothing, or at least something in earthy tones. Bright colours should be avoided while on safari, though they’re perfectly fine for the coast and Nairobi. Keep in mind that blue clothes tend to attract certain insects. Please note that camouflage-patterned clothes are illegal locally, because they are worn exclusively by local soldiers.

  • Trainers or walking shoes
  • Flip flops
  • Hat (especially important when the sun is strongest, between 11 a.m. and 3 p.m.)
  • Jacket or windbreaker
  • Sweater, sweatshirt, and a fleece jacket
  • 2 pairs safari trousers or chinos
  • 2 pairs safari shorts
  • 4 pairs sport socks
  • 3 short sleeve shirts
  • 1 long sleeve shirt
  • 2 T-shirts
  • Nightwear
  • Swimwear
  • 1 pair of casual evening trousers for men or an evening outfit for ladies

Toiletries & Medicine

  • Malaria prophylaxis
  • Prescription drugs (ideally 2 separate lots, with a list of their generic names)
  • Motion sickness pills
  • Insect repellent (containing DEET for mosquitos)
  • Sun screen (SPF 15 or higher, especially important between 11 a.m. and 3 p.m.)
  • Lip balm
  • Shampoo and conditioner
  • Deodorant
  • Toothpaste and toothbrush
  • Hair brush and comb
  • Electric or hand razor
  • Emery board and tweezers
  • Hand lotion
  • Feminine hygiene supplies

Other Supplies

  • Sunglasses with case
  • Prescription glasses (and a spare pair)
  • Portable torch/flashlight (with extra batteries)
  • Batteries (for electronic equipment)
  • Adaptor and converter plug set, if needed (the electricity supply is 240 Volt, 50 Hz). Sockets are usually square 3-pin.
  • Alarm clock
  • Money belt or pouch
  • Pocket knife (prohibited in hand luggage during air travel)
  • Binoculars (very important, one per person)
  • Hiking day pack
  • Snacks
  • Books, magazines, and/or journal
  • Small sewing kit
  • Small scissors (never in hand luggage)
  • Pen and paper
  • Travel wash tube or bottle (for small items of laundry)

Contact Us With Questions

If you need further assistance or have questions, please feel free to contact us.