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- Choose a camera that is simple and easy to operate. Some of the best action shots happen quickly and you don't have time to adjust your camera.
- Check at your lodge if they have tripods, extra binoculars (although it is worth investing in a good pair for yourself).
- Check if the Lodge you are staying at has equipment that you don't need to pack. Items like heavy jackets or rainwear, hairdryer, mosquito nets, fishing rods, repellent.
- Dress is usually casual - don't worry about a suit, tie or jewelry.
- What ever the season you should plan on being able to layer your clothing.
- Mornings and evenings can be quite cool.
- Choose neutral coloured clothing, especially for bush walks.
- Keep whites to a minimum - it attracts certain bugs at night.
- Sunhat, sunglasses and sunscreen for all months.
- Sturdy walking shoes for bush walks and sandals for when in camp.
- Shower shoes
Summer (October to March)
- Waterproof rain jacket.
- Short pants.
- Short sleeved cotton shirts and T shirts.
- Light long pants.
- Light sweater for evening use.
- Wind cheater for game drives.
- Swim suit and goggles.
Winter (April to September)
- Knitted hat or skull cap.
- Warm socks, scarf and gloves.
- Wind cheater.
- Fleece or warm sweater / tracksuit.
- Warm insulated jacket.
- Warm long trousers, denim jeans.
- Layers of clothing.
- Remember to pack layers of clothing.
- Sunglasses - insects can fly into the face on game drives).
- Closed-in shoes and cotton socks for after dark.
- Sun-safe swimming gear.
- A user-friendly camera.
- A mini tape recorder (perfect for a journal)
- Small binoculars - not so heavy.
- Animal-spotting checklist for birds, insects & wildlife (available at all wildlife parks).
- Children’s sunscreen & large brimmed sun hat.
- Children's insect repellent.
- Water-free sanitizer (use often)
- Two-in-one shampoo/conditioner.
- Mosquito netting (if not provided by the lodge)
- Soft toy or special toy for little ones.
- Favorite DVD or CD
- Basic medical supplies that ypu have tried and tested.
- A video or digital camera.
- A mini tape recorder (perfect for a talking journal).
- Journal for notes and sketches.
- Good binoculars.
- iPod or similar.
- Closed shoes and jeans for game walks.
- Toiletries used at home for break-outs and stomach cramps.
- Swimming goggles.
- Tips fortravelling with teens
CAMERAS & ELECTRICAL
- Cameras - battery charger.
- Video - battery and connections.
- Night vision - handy.
- Alarm clock.
- Mobile phone and charger.
- S.A. converter plugs.
- Satellite Navigation System (with South Africa Maps system).
- Mosquito net.
- Reading glasses plus a spare pair.
- Contact lenses.
- Laundry bag.
- Day pack.
- Sewing kit with safety pins.
If you prefer your special brand, consider taking it with you.
Soaps, shampoos and oils are usually available at Lodges).
Include the following:
- Sunscreen and lip balm.
- Hairbrush and comb.
- Travel hairdryer (available in most private camps).
- Tissues + wipes.
- Toothbrush and toothpaste.
- Garlic tabs -repels mosquitos by making blood less palatable
- Ear plugs
- Rehydration tablets/salts
- Door lock for safety conscious
Basic first aid medication is available at the Lodges.
For your preferred brand bring your own.
- Prescription medication (topical antibiotic handy too).
- Malaria tablets (if recommended).
- Personal Insect Repellent (see travel doctor for recommended DEET level).
- Medication for minor pain (headache, stomach cramps).
- Insect bite and sting cream.
- Diarrhoea medication.
- Antiseptic cream.
- Eye drops (plus contact lens solution).
- Moleskin or 'Second Skin' adhesive pads for blisters.
- Feminine protection.
- Valid passport (ensure it has more than six months validity and at least two blank pages left).
- Valid visa - if required.
- One other picture identification (e.g. driver's license).
- Accommodation confirmation.
- Airline tickets.
- Expense money.
- Comprehensive Travel Insurance Policy (most also provide a "what to do" card).
- Car rental confirmation.
- Photocopy of passport, driver’s license, tickets, credit card (keep separate from originals).
- Credit card.
- Expense Money.
- If take Travelers Cheques, make a note of serial numbers.
- Contact numbers of relatives and accommodation.
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