Animal viewing requires patience and good eyesight (though luckily you’ll have an expert guide who has eagle eyes!). If you want to get more out of your experience and don’t mind the extra weight or expense, you may want to bring the following with you:
• camera and zoom lens – if you like taking photos, you’ll need a camera with a decent zoom to capture decent shots of animals. There are lots of online forums and blogs discussing the best choices for wildlife photography, or go see your local camera shop to discuss options in your price range.
• binoculars – if you feel like making an investment, a pair of binoculars are great (especially in Africa) for those who like to see their animals really close.
For other tips and ideas about what to take on your wildlife adventure, check out Intrepid’s Ultimate Packing List – you won’t need half of what’s mentioned but it will give you ideas about what you might like to take. Be sure to include insect repellant, long trousers and long sleeves for protection against biting bugs at night.