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Quick Tips

  • 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.
  • Sunhat.

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.
  • Sunglasses.
  • Closed shoes and jeans for game walks. 
  • Toiletries used at home for break-outs and stomach cramps.
  • Swimming goggles.
  • Tips fortravelling with teens


  • Cameras - battery charger.
  • Video - battery and connections.
  • Binoculars.
  • Night vision - handy.
  • Torches.
  • 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.
  • Sunglasses.
  • Laundry bag.
  • Day pack.
  • Maps.
  • 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.
  • Shampoo/Conditioner.
  • Travel hairdryer (available in most private camps).
  • Soap.
  • Tissues + wipes.
  • Toothbrush and toothpaste.
  • Moisturizer.
  • Garlic tabs -repels mosquitos by making blood less palatable
  • Ear plugs
  • Rehydration tablets/salts
  • Chapstick
  • 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).
  • Antihistamine.
  • 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.



For more information, download the Accommodation Advisor iphone/iPad apps


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Bush Dining (Lukimbi)


Shopping (Singita Lebombo)

Elephant rides(Jabulani)

Fitness (Ulusaba)

Golf (Kruger Park Lodge)