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South Africa safari group tours

South Africa Safari Packing List

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Below are some general packing tips and information.

Please read the luggage requirements information carefully.

South Africa safari group tours


Soft-sided luggage or duffels are preferable to hard luggage for storage on safari vehicles. Large suitcases of dimensions greater than 27″ cannot be stored in vehicles and should not be used. You will NOT be able to bring suitcases larger than the dimensions above and will sacrifice losing and/or storing oversized luggage at the Johannesburg airport for the entire trip. Please pack light to avoid this issue and thank you for understanding! ** Camera gear bags that are as large as anything which can pass as carry on during flight are OK to bring in addition to other carry on sizes.

Packing Suggestions:

  • shorts
  • T-shirts/short sleeve shirts
  • light weight long sleeve shirts (for cool mornings and mosquito protection)
  • light weight long pair of pants or trousers
  • LAYERS OF CLOTHING—It will go from VERY COLD^ VERY WARM every morning, day, and night!
  • ear plugs (especially if sharing a room)
  • rain protection gear (poncho is fine)
  • fleece j acket and/or warm j acket
  • wide brimmed hat/baseball cap
  • warm hat (for cool evenings). Winter hat highly recommended. Bring something to cover the ears!
  • sandals/flip flops for lodges and pool
  • comfortable running/tennis shoes
  • bathing suit
  • sunglasses, prescription glasses and a spare pair

Please remember: Neutral colors are best for safari. Avoid bright colors and white clothing. Light, quick drying pants, shorts and tops are best.

Toiletries & other essentials

  • insect repellant/bug spray (SHOULD CONTAIN 20-30% DEET (any more than this is NOT more effective and can damage clothes and your health!).
  • sunblock
  • toiletries: shampoo, lotion, deodorant, toothbrush, toothpaste, etc. (try to avoid strong scents)
  • Prescription medications needed
  • personal first aid kit (Immodium, Pepto Bismol, Band-Aids, Neosporin, etc.)
  • Camera, extra memory cards/sticks, extra batteries or recharging gear
  • “Binoculars (there is one pair per vehicle but I HIGHLY recommend bringing a small pair of your own)
  • cash (small denominations are best like $1, $5, $10 and $20 bills for tipping and spending)

Voltage & Plug adapters

The voltage in South Africa is 220-240. Please go here for more information. Bring a plug adapter to charge camera batteries and any other electronics you may need. 

All of our lodges and camps have electricity.


IMPORTANT: We are not doctors and do not have the authority to give medical advice, including vaccine recommendations. Please consult your doctor and the website below and do as you see fit.

No vaccination proof is “mandatory” in order to get through customs however for your own personal safety you will want to get Hep A, Hep B, & Typhoid vaccines. You will not need malaria pills or yellow fever vaccine. Please consult your physician for more information and recommendations.

Please see the government recommendations here:

Travel Documents

  • Passport
  • Vaccine certificates (*not needed but if you have them bring them)




Tips and gratuities to hotel, lodges, camp staff and driver- guide(s). Budget approx. $ 2.00 – $ 4.00 per person per day for lodge and hotel staff, $ 1.00 per bag for porters and $ 7.00 – $ 10.00 per person per day for driver-guides. Tips are optional but we highly encourage them if you feel the service deserves it. *You do not need local currency on this trip. Credit cards and USD will be accepted.

All meals are included so unless you plan on doing a lot of shopping at the gift shop, there aren’t a lot of expenses you need to bring money for. Bottled water is included on each of the game drives but beverages are not included with our meals. Plan on spending 3-5 USD per day on bottled water.

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