Santa Safari: Christmas Gifts for Travellers to Africa

By Catherine 29 November 2017

With the festive season fast approaching, we’d like to share with you our top gift suggestions. Whether the recipient is a seasoned safari-goer or a first-timer, our safari-themed gift ideas are sure to be a hit this holiday season:

FOSTER AN ELEPHANT

Elephants at The David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust, Kenya

This is the perfect gift for all ages, and perhaps even more importantly, it gives an elephant a better quality of life. To learn more, visit The David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust.

PHOTOGRAPHY EQUIPMENT

Photography Equipment on Safari, Africa

This varies from photographer to photographer, so it’s best to check with the individual! One piece of equipment we recommend is a GoPro.

THE RIGHT-SIZED BAG

Travel Duffel Bag for Safari, Africa

Weight and size restrictions within Africa are much more limiting than international allowance/bag type. We’re fans of The North Face’s Base Camp Duffel Medium (available direct from The North Face, or from Amazon) as well as L.L.Bean’s Medium Adventure Duffle.

BOOK FOR ADULTS

Peter Allison's Whatever You Do, Don't Run: True Tales of a Botswana Safari Guide for Adults

Peter Allison’s Whatever You Do, Don’t Run: True Tales of a Botswana Safari Guide. Great for any first-timer on safari and available from Amazon.

BRACELETS AND CUFFLINKS

Bracelets and Cufflink Gifts by Project Playground

Project Playground, a non-profit organisation aiming to improve the life opportunities of children in South Africa, has just released a collection of bracelets and cufflinks, which are perfect Christmas and year-round gifts.

BINOCULARS

Recommended Binoculars for a Safari

Prices vary and we recommend getting the best pair you can afford. For a first safari, you would need a magnification of between 8x and 10x – remembering that the more you zoom, the shakier the view becomes – and 32–42mm objective lenses (the bigger, the better!). So ideally 10 x 42. Binos from Nikon and Zeiss are a great bet, as is equipment from Swarovski – all trusted brands with exceptional optics.

PLAYING CARDS

Recommended Playing Cards for a Safari in Africa

For when there’s a bit of downtime, we think these are fun!

A NEW NEUTRAL-COLOURED WARDROBE

Recommended Safari Clothing for Africa

E.g. a fleece, which will be much appreciated for chilly evenings! If you are on safari during Christmas, we suggest visiting the camp or lodge’s boutique as many will have a wide range of cosy fleeces there.

Also, a wide-brimmed hat, a scarf (useful for chilly mornings or dressing up a bit in the evenings – handy for blocking out the sun, too, or keeping out the dust), a headtorch, needed for when the sun goes down, and walking shoes – something comfortable is all that is required, but do bear in mind it can get quite dusty on safari!

For a neutral-coloured wardrobe, try online safari clothing companies such as The Safari Store.

TRAVEL JOURNAL

Personalised Travel Journal for a Safari to Africa

This can be as simple or as elaborate as you see fit - a personalised journal would be a nice touch!

TRAVEL WASH BAG

A Personalised Travel Wash Bag for Travelling to Africa

Travel wash bags are a great stocking stuffer and perfect for the essentials. A personalised bag is sure to be a hit!

EXPERIENCES

Recommended Safari Experiences in Africa

There are many ways to make someone’s safari extra special, whether it’s a hot air balloon ride, a night drive, a walking safari, or spa treatments. Contact us at Yellow Zebra directly and we’ll happily add an experience to your loved one’s safari.