Packing for Your S A holiday - Clothing and equipment :
Please try to travel light. You should also bring a day pack to carry any essentials you might need You Must Bring:
Valid passport (International arrival)
Valid visa - if required (see section pertaining to your trip)
One other picture ID (e.g. driver's licence)
Photocopy of passport page to carry in wallet
Recommended inoculations/prophylaxics if in malaria areas
Most people wear shorts and a T-shirt during the day and put on long sleeved shirts and long pants in the evening for warmth as well as protection from mosquitoes. Should you be particularly sensitive to the sun a loose cotton shirt is essential during the day.
Visiting a Game Reserve Khaki, brown, olive and beige colours are best for and safaris and game walks.White is not a suitable colour for these activities. Firstly it increases your visibility quotient to the animals you are wanting to get a closer look at, and secondly, it will get dirty very quickly. Fleece or sweater and a windbreaker for game drives, because it is highly possible that you may go out on a hot day, but be faced with a chill evening on your return. Some areas have a steep temperature gradient, ie. Very hot days and very cool nights. Remember that layering your clothing will keep you warmer than relying on one thick item.
Clothing To Pack:
2 pairs cotton pants (jeans are rather hot)
2 pairs sturdy shorts
2 long sleeved shirts (for sun protection as well as warmth).
1 light sweater or sweatshirt
1 lightweight, waterproof windbreaker
1 or 2 pair sturdy walking or hiking boots or running shoes
3-5 short-sleeved shirts or T-shirts
5 changes underwear and socks
1 hat with a brim (baseball caps might cover your nose but not your ears and neck).
Some areas have a steep temperature gradient, ie. Very hot days and very cool nights therefore A Fleece or sweater and a windbreaker are recommended.
The African sun can be very harsh. Sunburn is not fun.
Toilet kit including shampoo and soap
Good quality sunglasses plus protective case
Hand wipes or 'Baby wipes'
Stuff-sacks or plastic packets; to compartmentalise items within your travel bag
Repair kit: needle and thread, nylon cord, rip-stop tape
Camera, film or memory card
Spare batteries. Film and batteries can generally be obtained at lodges, but at a price of course, so please be sure to have sufficient supplies for your needs
Paperback reading, writing material (keep weight at a minimum)
Sunscreen or block
Moisturizer, lip balm
Personal first-aid kit (headache pills, antihistamine cream etc)
If you take prescription medication, be sure to bring a sufficient supply with you. If you are on a lengthy holiday, we suggest that you carry a copy of your prescription with you.