Sipping on a gin & tonic, watching the African sunset, whilst listening to the distant call of a hyena… this is just a preview of what a journey to Africa will be like. Half of the fun of going on an African safari is the preparation, so here is a list of everything you’ll need to make the most of your experience in Mother Nature.
What to bring:
- Cotton clothing – to avoid looking like a tourist cliché, wear light cotton clothing in natural tones. Avoid wearing white as this will look dirty by the end of your day and will be easily spotted by animals.
- Hiking boots – although you might not be doing strenuous hikes, it’s always a good idea to take along sturdy shoes for the African terrain. If you are going on a game drive, you might stop at a view point where you will want to walk around and take some photos.
- Sunscreen and a hat – the African sun is harsh. If you visit South Africa during summer you can experience 40°C heat waves, so make sure you are prepared with a wide brimmed light weight hat and sunscreen no less than 30 SPF. Most of our lodges have pools, which means you can take a dip to cool off after a long day in the sun.
- Binoculars and a bird book – most game rangers will allow up-close encounters with the animals, but if you are wanting a better view it’s best to bring along a good pair of binoculars. If you aren’t much of a birder you will be by the end of your trip, so bring along a bird book to give the game ranger a run for his money.
- An extra camera battery and memory card – imagine being in the middle of watching a lion take down a buffalo and your camera battery light starts flashing! Nobody wants to miss the spectacular moments on safari, so make sure you pack an extra memory card and a fully charged battery to avoid disappointment.
- Rands in small change – whether you are going to a restaurant or on a guided tour, be sure to carry R20 and R50 in small change so that you can tip your guides or staff.
- Meds – most of our lodges have first-aid kits with all the necessities, but be sure to take along headache pills, diarrhoea pills and Malaria tablets – only if necessary.
- Wet wipes – after your day spent game viewing you might be a little dusty so take some wet wipes along to clean your hands and your binoculars.
- Ziplock bags – these will come in handy for just about everything, from healthy snacks to keeping your mobile phone safe whilst on a Marine Safari.
- Finally, you’ll need to be patient and relax – your safari holiday is one that you will never forget. Remember to make the most of it by relaxing and being patient for the animals to arrive.