Mr. Harper's Safari Suitcase

Mr. Harper's Safari Suitcase

Follow in the footsteps of Andrew Harper and pack what he does when he goes on safari. After all, he's been on more than 30, so his experience can inform yours.

On safari, everyone remembers to take a camera — although many people neglect the mandatory 400mm lens — but forget that the truly essential piece of equipment is a pair of good binoculars. Friends who own safari camps have traditionally sworn by Leica products. However, if money is no object, I suggest you opt for Swarovski’s EL 8.5×42. Also remember to bring your own bird-identification books and field guides; the lodges never have enough copies."

– Andrew Harper

Here is Andrew Harper's packing list for an African safari:

Good binoculars for wildlife viewing

Swarovski EL 8.5x42 Binoculars


400mm telephoto lens

Canon EF 400mm Telephoto Lens


Soft luggage for airplanes' weight/size restrictions

Tumi Astor San Remo 5-Pound Duffel


Multi-purpose carry-on piece

Filson Computer Bag


Safari clothing in light colors and breathable fabric

Orvis Bush Shirt


Stylish, polarized sunglasses

Ray-Ban Outdoorsman Craft Sunglasses


A few good books on an e-reader

Kindle Voyage


The obligatory field guide if you plan to birdwatch

"Birds of Southern Africa"


Travel corkscrew to enjoy spectacular South African wines

Boomerang Corkscrew With No-Blade Foil Cutter


A comprehensive wine guide

"Platter's South African Wine Guide" for iPhone

By Andrew Harper Staff



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