Packing List

If you aren’t sure what to pack for your trip to South Africa then our Packing List can help. The emphasis here is on light, comfortable clothing. For game viewing muted colours are best (khaki being a good example).  Natural fabrics are a better choice as they will breath and keep you cooler.

Nearly all resorts and hotels offer laundry facilities (indeed, many lodges include this service in their rate).

  • Good quality sunglasses, preferably polarized. Tinted fashion glasses are not good in strong light
  • Sun hat
  • Golf-shirts, T-shirts and long-sleeved cotton shirts for the evening
  • Shorts/skirts
  • Long trousers/slacks
  • Track-suit
  • Underwear (sports bra recommended on game drives as the roads can be bumpy and uneven), and socks
  • Good walking shoes (running/tennis shoes are fine)
  • Sandals or slip-slops
  • Swimming costume
  • Warm winter jersey
  • Warm Anorak or Parka and scarf / gloves for the cold winter months (May to September)
  • Light rain gear for summer months (late November to April)
  • Camera equipment and plenty of film, batteries or charger, extra memory card
  • Contact lense wearers – we recommend that you bring along a pair of glasses in case your eyes become irritated from the dust
  • *BINOCULARS – ESSENTIAL (Night vision binoculars are not essential but highly recommended if your safari includes night activities)
  • Personal toiletries (basic amenities supplied by most establishments)
  • Prescription medicines for duration of your stay
  • Malaria tablets (where applicable)
  • Moisturizing cream & suntan lotion, and after-sun lotion
  • Insect repellent e.g. Tabard, Rid, Jungle Juice
  • Basic medical kit (aspirin/ paracetamol, plasters, Imodium, antiseptic cream and anti-histamine cream etc)
  • Tissues / “Wet Ones”
  • Waterproof /dustproof bags or covers for your cameras, and a UV filter for your lens
  • Visas, tickets, passports, itinerary, vouchers, money

As formal clothes are seldom necessary throughout most of southern Africa we recommend that you limit your luggage to the basics. More formal attire is usually required only when staying in the more prestigious city hotel establishments or when travelling on any of the luxury trains (Rovos Rail, The Blue Train).

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