10 things to take on a safari holiday

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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:

  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. 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.
  6. 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.
  7. 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.
  8. 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.
  9. 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.
  10. 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.

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