Sweeping landscapes teeming with wild animals, breathtaking sunsets, the roar of a lion as you wake up in the morning, and the sight of the clear starry sky at night. What we’ve just described is the essence of a South African safari. And it doesn’t stop here! Exhilarating game drives, walking safaris and cultural activities are just a few of the experiences offered at various safari lodges. A trip such as this is unlike any other – which means packing requires its very own checklist. There are a number of essentials you’ll need to bring to ensure that your getaway in the bush is as comfortable and pleasant as possible. So we put together a list of must-bring items to make packing for your next safari a little bit easier.
1. Safari-friendly clothing
Comfortable clothing suitable for a safari getaway should be the most important item on your packing checklist. You’re not going to the bush to make a fashion statement! You’ll need your winter woolies – even in summer – as the weather is chilly in the mornings and evenings in the bush all year round. Bring clothes that you can layer, as this will make it easier to remove warmer clothing as the day warms up. In order to enjoy the best game viewing possible, you’ll need to bring along the right colour clothing. Don’t wear bright or white clothes – these colours attract animals and increase your visibility. Opt for brown and khaki colours, as well as dark green clothing. Long sleeved shirts, t-shirts, shorts and long pants are great items to pack. Bring a warm jersey and a light rain jacket, and gloves and beanies aren’t a bad idea either in winter.
2. Sunglasses, sunscreen and a sun hat
South Africa is a beautiful and sunny country, which means you’ll need to bring some form of sun-protection with you. Pack a bottle of sunscreen (minimum SPF 15) and put some on before your morning game drive and top up again before your evening game drive; if you do this, you should avoid leaving your destination looking like a bright red tomato. A sun hat is a quick and easy way to protect your face and neck from the hot sun – pop one on before your next safari activity and you’re good to go! Besides protecting your eyes from harmful UV rays, a pair of (dinkum) UV protection sunglasses will also dim the glare of the sun on morning and evening game drives. You’ll also look like a seasoned safari explorer with a cool pair of shades – an added bonus.