Packing List


The weather in southern Africa is generally pleasant throughout the year – warm to hot days, and cool to warm nights – with summer (September to April) being the hotter months.

During our winter months, however (May to August), it can become really cold at night and in the early morning, particularly when on safari, so we would like to suggest that you pack accordingly:

  • Sun hat/bush hat
  • Headscarf/bandana – particularly for dusty dry regions
  • Golf-shirts and/or T-shirts – preferably with sleeves to protect your shoulders from the sun
  • Long-sleeved cotton shirts
  • Shorts and/or skirts – really short skirts are not practical for getting in and out of game drive vehicles
  • Long trousers/slacks
  • Tracksuit
  • Pyjamas – lightweight for summer and warm/thermal for winter
  • Underwear – on game drives the roads can be bumpy and uneven so a suitable women’s attire may be required
  • Socks – thermal options are recommended for the winter months
  • Good closed walking shoes (running/tennis shoes are fine)
  • Sandals – preferably low heeled or flat if you are going on safari
  • Swimming costume
  • Lightweight jersey or fleece in summer
  • Light rain gear or jacket for summer months
  • Warm jersey or fleece plus anorak or parka in winter
  • Additionally, a scarf, gloves and beanies/woollen hats for the cold winter months
  • More formal attire for your stay at prestigious city hotels or on one of the luxury trains

Equipment & Other

  • Good quality sunglasses, UV protected, preferably polarised. Tinted fashion glasses are not good in strong light
  • If you wear contact lenses, we recommend that you bring along a pair of glasses in case you get irritation from the dust
  • Southern African bird guide if you are a keen birder, e.g., Newman’s or Sasol
  • Personal toiletries (basic amenities are supplied by most establishments
  • Moisturising cream and suntan lotion – SPF 30 or higher recommended
  • Lip balm
  • Insect repellent for body application, e.g. Tabard, Rid, Jungle Juice, etc
  • Please consult with your travel clinic with regards to appropriate medication to include in your basic medical kit (aspirins, plasters, antiseptic cream, and antihistamine cream, etc.)
  • Visas, tickets, passports, money, credit cards, insurance details, etc
  • Camera equipment including spare batteries, chargers, film, flashcards, memory sticks, etc
  • Waterproof/dustproof bag or cover for your camera