Important Hiking requirements:
Luggage and bags: Rucksack - A comfortable rucksack to carry all your equipment is essential.
The most important thing is that you take a rucksack that sits comfortably.
A sleeping bag is vital and it must be warm enough for below freezing conditions. Down bags are most common for mountaineering.
Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: A 'layer' system works well: a change or two of underwear and a T-shirt of two, a winter shirt and a jersey, one pair of shorts and one pair of jeans, a lightweight but warm jacket, and then a good rain jacket, preferably of gortex material which 'breathes'. A track suit is also useful.
On long hikes, underwear, socks and T-shirts can be washed en-route and dried on top of your rucksack.
Socks - Are something you must not be skimp on.
Peaked cap or sun hat and sun glasses.
Footwear - For long hikes in the 'Berg you need boots. Wear them in first!!!
Camping/Beach/Outdoor Gear: Utilities - store in a waterproof container: torch with spare batteries,dry matches or a lighter,compass - make sure you know how to use it! Maps - Very essential for hiking in the 'Berg. Never leave without one of the area and ensure that at least one [preferably more people] know how to use them.
Tent - Please don't hike with a tent that will not be able to withstand a 90 - 100 km/h wind.
Stove - A good stove is essential for surviving in the 'Berg, especially in the winter when you need to melt snow to obtain water. Stoves are primeraly used for cooking food and boiling water. Any form of gas stove will be appropriate. Fires are not allowed in the Drakensberg!!!!
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- Hiking and Walking
How should one dress?
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.
Toiletries and Medical Supplies: 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.
*note* malaria tablets NOT needed in this area!
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: This info is pretty much the same for all parks in South Africa.
Have a map of the area 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, 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!
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Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: This place can get very cold during the winter and can have snow as well, be sure you have warm cloths with you. Hiking shoes will be very useful if you plan to take a hike.
Photo Equipment: Good camera with zoom for good animal shots, a normal camera will be good enough for the beautiful landscapes