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With a little planning and a dash of creativity, you can ensure that you have everything you need without weighing yourself down.

Once you begin planning that long-awaited bucket-list holiday to Africa, it’s highly probable that your travel plans will include more than one single country. Embarking on a multi-destination holiday in Africa is an exhilarating journey that promises diverse landscapes, cultures, and experiences. However, the key to enjoying such an adventure to the fullest lies in efficient and strategic packing. With a little planning and a dash of creativity, you can ensure that you have everything you need without weighing yourself down.


Casey's Top 10 tips at a glance
  1. Pack Light: Expect luggage weight restrictions due to small planes. Most lodges offer laundry services.
  2. Plan Outfits: Pre-plan versatile outfits to mix and match for different activities and weather.
  3. Layer Your Outfits: Adapt to changing temperatures by layering your clothing.
  4. Roll, Don’t Fold: Roll your clothes to minimize wrinkles and maximize space, especially for lightweight items.
  5. Use Packing Cubes: Keep your suitcase organized with separate cubes for different destinations and toiletries.
  6. Choose Versatile Clothing: Opt for neutral colors and versatile pieces like lightweight jackets and scarves for layering.
  7. Organize Undergarments: Dedicate a section for underwear and socks to stay organized.
  8. Limit Shoe Choices: Pack a maximum of three pairs of shoes for various occasions.
  9. Prioritize Comfort: Pack comfortable items to avoid discomfort during your trip.
  10. Destination-Specific Packing: Organize sections for each destination to meet unique demands.

Now let’s dive into Casey’s guide on how to plan and pack for a multi-destination holiday in Africa, complete with fun and practical tips.

Optimal Bag Choices:
  • If you are travelling on small ‘Bush planes’ use a soft-sided duffel-style bag. A multi-destination itinerary may make it more complicated to store larger luggage, but please discuss this option with your Travel Manager. View our Luggage Guide for Small Planes here »
  • Wheeled Duffel bags are great if you’re going to be moving around a lot and want the convenience of wheels. It combines the portability of a backpack with the ease of rolling luggage. Choose one with sturdy wheels and reinforced handles.
  • The hard-shell wheeled suitcase is perfect for long-haul international flights and moving around a lot. These will not be allowed on small safari planes.

Example of small "bush planes"

Packing Tip: Start with a Smaller Suitcase

It’s tempting to choose a large suitcase for extra storage, but this often leads to overpacking. Opt for a smaller, more compact suitcase instead. This forces you to prioritize and pack only the essentials, helping you travel lighter and smarter.

Smart Packing Choices:
  • Choose Versatile and Comfortable Clothing:
    Pack clothing items in neutral and complementary colours that can easily be mixed and matched. Prioritize comfortable fabrics and versatile pieces like lightweight jackets, scarves, and cardigans for layering.
  • Shoe Selection:
    Stick to a maximum of three pairs of shoes: one for walking and sightseeing, one for poolside relaxation, and one for dressing up. This minimizes the footwear clutter and ensures you have the right shoes for various occasions.
  • Comfort and Confidence:
    Pack items that you know you’ll enjoy wearing and feel comfortable in. Try and avoid bringing new or untested clothing that might cause discomfort during your trip.
  • Accessories Transform Outfits:
    Don’t forget to pack a few statement accessories. A scarf, statement necklace, or hat can effortlessly transform a basic outfit into a stylish ensemble.
  • Destination-Specific Packing:
    If your multi-destination holiday includes a variety of settings – say, from the bustling cityscape of Cape Town to the wild savannah of a safari – consider packing separate sections for each destination. This organization ensures that you’re prepared for the unique demands of each place.
Nicole on a hot air balloon ride experience in Kenya
Robin, our operations manager out and about in the City
Game drive activity for children
Packing and Organization:
  • Pack light:
    If you are travelling to multiple destinations in Africa there is a very high chance you will be taking small planes which means restrictions on how much your luggage can weigh. Most lodges have laundry.
  • Pack outfits:
    Instead of throwing random clothing items into your suitcase, plan your outfits in advance. Choose versatile pieces that can be mixed and matched to create different looks. This approach not only saves space but also ensures you’re prepared for various activities and weather conditions.
  • Pack your outfits in layers:
    In general, the weather can be warm in the day, but cold in the morning and evening. Plan your outfits in layers so that you can peel things off as the day warms up and have a pair of shorts & sandals to change into. At the end of the day, just reverse the process, adding the layers back on.
  • Roll, Don’t Fold:
    Rolling your clothes instead of folding them not only minimizes wrinkles but also maximizes space. This technique is especially useful for lightweight clothing items like t-shirts, dresses, and pants.
  • Packing Cubes for Organization:
    Packing cubes are your best friends when it comes to keeping your suitcase organized. Use separate cubes for different destinations, and include one for toiletries. This way, you’ll only need to unpack what you need for the day, keeping the rest neatly organized.
  • Undergarments Organizer:
    Dedicate a separate section or organizer for underwear and socks. This not only keeps them organized but also makes it easier to find what you need without rummaging through your entire suitcase.PS, certain lodges do not offer laundry service on delicate items such as undergarments, check with your Travel Manager.
Safari style guide


Check out our ‘stylists guide’ to preparing for your safari »

“You can be incredibly comfortable and stylish on Safari. You should also be able to integrate these clothes into your wardrobe when you’re back home”. Louise Park-Ross, Cape Town based fashion & interior Stylist, gives us her top tips for dressing on Safari. She loves South African designers and works closely with a lot of them so the majority of items in this document are from her home country.

Planning and packing for a multi-destination holiday in Africa doesn’t have to be daunting. By following these tips and tricks, you’ll master the art of packing efficiently, ensuring you have everything you need for each leg of your adventure. Remember, thoughtful preparation allows you to focus on soaking in the beauty, culture, and excitement of each unique destination. So, roll up those clothes, pick the perfect outfits, and embark on your African journey with confidence and style!

In this article
  • Introduction
  • Top 10 Tips
  • Bag Choices
  • Clothing Choices
  • Packing Tips

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