What should I pack?
Contrary to what a lot of people think or are not told by travel agents is that South Africa does have a winter and it rains upon occasion, more often at certain times of the year than at others. Being a predominantly arid country, we thank our lucky stars when it does rain, this should not be seen as being vindictive when this sort of behavior occurs after an occasional shower opens up over an open game drive vehicle for example, it is an entirely involuntary reaction to a life time of being close to the soil.
With the above in mind, when planning to come to South Africa bring enough clothing to ensure you enjoy the journey at all times and during all weather conditions.
If planning to do game drives in open game drive vehicles, please make sure you bring a fleece jacket or other warm coat as well as a beanie and scarf for added comfort if you are travelling in the winter months.
For foot wear it is advised to bring good light weight durable walking shoes and sandals or slip slops. If one intends to do more strenuous walks and hikes then please bring your hiking boots and trainers as well.
Sun block and lip balm are essential, sunglasses, wide brimmed hat, insect repellent, binoculars and camera (with a zoom) and plenty of spare memory sticks and spare batteries (Africa is the photographer’s dream!)