Travel Gear: An African Safari 2014

What to take for the trip of a lifetime? A trip where you’ll be fording the Okavango Delta one day and in one of the world’s most cosmopolitan cities the next? And a trip where you’re allowed a total of 44 lbs including camera equipment and personal items??


First we chose our duffles. No hard-sided or wheeled luggage allowed! This bag from Eagle Creek was perfect. Small enough to be stuffed into bush planes yet with pockets and dividers for organization.

iPad mini 64 GB – I updated to this tablet primarily so I could use it for backing up pictures at the end of the day. At .73 lbs it’s a lightweight solution for carrying my full sized iPad and portable backup device for photos.

Very happy with the iPad mini, though there was very minimal wi-fi available in the camps.

Cameras – Dave is carrying his T3i Canon with a Tamron 18-270 lens. He’ll also bring a couple of prime lenses. I’ve purchased the Panasonic Lumix FZ200 for its low light capabilities and long range. We’ll bring along the Canon S90 for general use and where water MIGHT be a factor… Victoria Falls!

Loved the Lumix FZ200! Great pictures quickly – essential for moving wildlife.
Dave was disappointed in the Tamron lens and will upgrade for the next trip…

Binoculars – we’re bringing both the Leupold Yosemite and the Vortex Talon 10×42. Both good mid-range binoculars.

One set of binoculars would have been sufficient. Loved the Vortex Talon and lent it to more than one wildlife guide!

Kindle Paperwhite eReader – taking the Kindle Paperwhite loaded with books from the library’s Overdrive collection.

Very happy with the Kindle. I am using it all the time, whether traveling or at home.

Related: Packing for Safari – free packing list!

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