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Mr. Harper's Safari Suitcase

Mr. Harper's Safari Suitcase

Following in the footsteps of Andrew Harper and the February 2012 Hideaway Report, a special luxury safari issue, we have compiled a packing guide suited for a similar journey.

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

Here is a suggested packing list for an African safari:

What to Pack

  • Swarovski EL 8.5x42 binoculars
  • Canon 400mm camera lens
  • Tumi soft luggage for light airplanes (there are weight and size restrictions)
  • Filson multi-purpose carry-on piece
  • Ralph Lauren safari clothing in light neutral colors for breathability and coverage
  • Ray-Ban Craft Outdoorsman sunglasses
  • A few good books and the obligatory field guide if you plan to bird watch
  • Williams-Sonoma travel corkscrew to enjoy the spectacular South African wines
  • Platter's South African wine guide for the iPhone View the guidebook and product details on

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By Andrew Harper
Andrew Harper is the editor of The Hideaway Report, a luxury travel newsletter that first appeared in 1979. He travels anonymously and pays his own expenses in pursuit of unique properties that offer unusually high levels of personal service. Hotels have no idea who he is, so he is treated exactly as you might be. Learn more...



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