Uganda Safari day packing

What to pack for a Uganda safari day, Essentials Packing guide for Uganda safari for groups and individuals.   

A Uganda Safari with Msafiri tours is an amazing opportunity to connect with nature, learn about Africa, educate yourself on the plants and animals of Uganda, take some killer photos, and do a possibly much needed serious digital detox. Here is What to pack for a Uganda safari day

Let’s dive into the important things that absolutely belong on your Uganda safari packing list. 

The weight limits of our Safari vans, the need to squeeze your bag into tight spaces and the changeable weather conditions of Uganda can make it tricky to choose what to wear on Safari in Uganda, let alone what to pack.

This Uganda Safari day packing list shares our favourite travel products and safari clothes to take on your next wildlife trip in Uganda, weather travelling alone or as part of a Msafiri tours group safari.

Wearing neutral colours such as light browns, greens, tans, and khaki is ideal for safari in Uganda. These colours do not attract attention and blend in perfectly with the African bush. Wearing bright colours makes you more visible to wildlife, which you want to avoid on safari.

What to pack for a Uganda safari day, other tips to consider:

1. Dress in a relaxed manner.

It is important that you are comfortable with your Uganda safari experience. Pack light clothing. Wearing cotton is great for safari.

2. Make sure you’re protected at night.

Pack a few long-sleeved shirts (depending on the duration of your trip) and slacks to keep warm on your game drives.

3. On morning or late evening game drives.

You’ll need a jacket and scarf with you because temperatures drop quickly once the sun goes down in the evening. 

4. Pack a swimsuit

And some casual clothing for around camp. 

5. Hiking Boots

It is not necessary to bring heavy hiking boots with you on this trip. Walking in hiking boots would not only be uncomfortable in the heat, but they are also cumbersome to transport. Any pair of robust closed-toe shoes will suffice in this situation.

6. Pack a hat.

You will need protection from the sun. It can get extremely hot in Uganda. You need a hat that is durable.

7. Note:

It is illegal to wear Camouflage in Uganda, so stick to your one-toned khaki clothing


This again? I cannot ever ever ever ever ever ever ever stress this one enough.

9.Water bottle.

Msafiri tours will provide you with water bottles, but the very best will encourage the use of fun reusable ones.


If you want to document your safari with photos, stick with a good camera and zoom lens.

11. Sunglasses

Must be polarized and stick to your face nicely.

12. Hat

But one that won’t blow off!

13. A Buff

Why not try a Buff rather than a hat?

14. Wet Wipes

They’re great for cleansing away the dirt and sunscreen before a sundowner.

15. Kikoi

They work as a blanket, a cover-up, a sunshade, a scarf, a headscarf, a camera cover, a camera stabilizer, a towel or a jacket or anything else.

16. Emergency Medication

You don’t need to bring along a whole First Aid kit because every safari vehicle should have one. What you do need to bring are a few meds or girly hygiene essentials you could see yourself using in an emergency.

17. Lip Balm

Safaris kill lips!
18. Sunscreen
But not a huge bottle.

19. Reference Books or an iPad

This one is optional because your guide will have reference books about birds and mammals and reptiles and all sorts of fun things, that they’ll be happy to share.

20. Notebook and Pen

A notebook to jot down some of the facts

21. A Nice Bag To Stick It

All In
The bag shouldn’t be too big, especially if you’re on a busy vehicle.


1. Sunscreen

2. Sunglasses with neck strap

3. Insect repellent with DEET

4. Small day pack

41. Extra batteries – Volcanoes Safaris Lodges have facilities for recharging batteries

5. Personal toiletries

6. Prescription medicines and possibly prescription itself

7. Kleenex tissues

8. Ziplocs and other plastic bags for wet clothes

9. First Aid Kit including anti-diarrhoea medicine, rehydration sachets, aspirin, cold medication, antiseptic cream, band-aids, motion sickness pills, lip balm, eye drops and personal medication.

What not to bring.

1. Bug Spray
This one’s going to be controversial. Just be aware that aerosols sprayed on a game drive can be potentially harmful to other people on your vehicle and maybe even to wildlife
2. Snacks
There are snacks on board and there will be a designated snack stop.
3. Headphones and Music
Ugh. Eye roll. This should really go without saying. It’s distracting for other guests and makes you miss out. Thumbs all the way down.
4. A book to read
Novels are for the poolside, not the safari vehicle.
5. Money/wallet
Leave these behind!
6. Leatherman
You don’t need to bring one.
7. Flashlight
A flashlight is a burden to carry on game drives and an ethical guide won’t let you use it to light up animals at night anyway.
8. Your room key
Most lodges have a facility where you can leave keys at reception if you lock your doors while on game drive.


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