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.

Port Elizabeth is reputed to have the third best coastal climate for a coastal city in the world. The next question I get asked is; which are the first three? I still don’t know but we’re quite happy to be fourth. The climate is temperate and moderate where summer temperatures can reach a high of around 35 degrees centigrade during the day the normal is around 25 degrees and 20 degrees at night. The winter daily temperature is about 15 to 24 degrees with the nights going down to the 4’s and 5 degrees on the coldest nights.

There is a slight predominance of rain in the summertime but the rain never really hangs around for very long mostly coming in the form of passing showers before being swept out to sea again.

The recommended clothing for a safari and other outdoor activities are light cotton tops and trousers and shorts pants. The best colours are khaki and beige. Light cotton, long sleeved clothing is recommended for game drives during the summer months.

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!)

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