Addo Elephant National Park What to Pack

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    What to pack

    by PierreZA Updated Jan 11, 2008

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    Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: It gets very hot during the summer months (November - February), so do pack shorts, light cotton shirts etc.

    Toiletries and Medical Supplies: Addo is a malaria -FREE zone, but there are mosquitoes, although they will not call illness, they can be irritating.
    So bring some insect repellent.

    Photo Equipment: A lot of photo oppurtunities! Do bring equipment, esp, zoom lence (300mm and more) for some great animal shots

    Miscellaneous: When going for game drives during the day, do take enough water along.

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    Prpare for the heat and the chill of the night!

    by Jenniflower Updated Jun 9, 2006

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    Luggage and bags: Luggage with wheels is always a good idea, wherever you are travelling.

    If you are doing a night hike, bring a backpack and a water bottle.

    Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: Some ideas:

    Light coloured clothing that doesnt absorb the sun as much as dark clothing. If you're going on safari, pack comfortable walking shoes and khaki, brown or beige casual clothes.

    Long-sleeved shirts and trousers will help protect you against the sun and insect bites.

    Take a warm jacket for game drives; and, if you're going in summer, make sure it's water-proof.

    A cap/hat that covers your head and neck.

    Long socks if you are going hiking (extra protection against snakes if you come across one).


    Comfortable sandals and tackies/trainers/sneakers.

    Addo supplies towels and linen. These are excellent quality. You may want to bring an extra towel for swimming though.

    Toiletries and Medical Supplies: Take sun screen (Factor 35), headache tablets (from being in the car during the sun all day, may bring on a headache), and usual little things like some plasters for blisters, Tabard for the mossies (mosquitos), cotton wool, germolene etc.

    Photo Equipment: Your camera, with charger, and a SOUTH AFRICAN plug extension.

    Bring along the best lens you can - a zoom lens will be needed as the animals are often in the distance and may only look like tiny specks in your photos when they are developed.

    Camping/Beach/Outdoor Gear: If you are on an overnight safari tour and will be camping, you will need a roll-up matt, a blanket and a torch.

    Find out what cooking implements will be provided by your guide.

    Miscellaneous: Have a map of Addo handy, plus a local bird, flower and tree book. For this you also need a pair of good quality binoculars

    This is so that you don’t get lost (you don’t want to be left in the Park at night!), plus can appreciate all that’s around you that much more.

    It is not just a place to sight-see, but a place to learn from too.

    Dont forget a torch!

    Oh, and a pen knife!!!! In case your steering wheel decided to disengage itself ;)

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