Luggage and bags:
A backpack would be handy.
Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: Get camouflage clothing if you intend going on a guided walking safari, carry sensible shoes. The nights and early mornings can be quite chilly depending on the time of the year you are going. So do carry adequate warm clothing. Caps are a must.
Toiletries and Medical Supplies: Of course carry the medicines that you would require.
The cottages that we stayed in at Berg en dal provided us with fresh towels everyday and with soap and shampoo. But do check if the accommodation you choose would provide you, for some of them do not.
Photo Equipment: Cameras with big zoom lenses and the smaller lenses for closer pictures are both a must!You will get plenty of opportunities to take pictures of wildlife and nature.
Camping/Beach/Outdoor Gear: The park shops in the camps inside Kruger sell a lot of equipment but they are very expensive. You can resort to them in case of emergencies.
Miscellaneous: Do carry a good pair of Binoculars,
There are many places to have a picnic, so you would want to carry something in which to pack food and drinks.
We went in May and did not face the problems of insects/mosquitoes etc. but do carry repellents as you may need them
Camping/Beach/Outdoor Gear: Do not forget a winter hat of some sort because being driven at an elevated position without a windshield in the morning can be freezing. Plus, the with your eyes filled with protective film of tears it is not possible to focus on animals.
Miscellaneous: We bring higher wattage light bulbs and a small desk lamp. It really makes a difference when we want to play a game or cards on the dimly lit porches of the chalets. Oh yeah, don't forget the extention cord. Sometimes the only outlet is behind the fridge.
Luggage and bags:
Backpack- Normal size and small day back
Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: Good walking boots- (prefarably with ankle-covering)-
Sandals for comfort when "at home"
Comfortable clothing, Khaki coloured or dark anyway-no bright colors (shorts, jeans & tee shirts)
A warm jacket or duffle-coat (mornings & evenings can get chilly)
Swimming costume- most acommodations have a pool
Sun hat or cap
Toiletries and Medical Supplies: Sun-Screen (strong factor)
Small First Aid box (with usual plasters,bandage, antiseptic, scissors etc)
Pain Medication Tablets
Anti-Histamine Tablets for allergies
Hand Deod Gel
After-sun soothing balm
Anti-Bee Venom ( if allergic to bees)
Photo Equipment: Camera & Charger
Adapter for Chargers
Camping/Beach/Outdoor Gear: Usual
small note book & pen- for making notes on observations
Small hand held tape recorder ditto & (captures the glorious sounds of the bush)
Guide Books ( Birds & Animals of Southern Africa) can be bought at shop inside park gate
Miscellaneous: You might want to take a GPS with you, just be sure you have the South African road map on it, or otherwise, for very reasonable sum the car rental will provide with a GPS which in certain moment can be very useful.
Toiletries and Medical Supplies:
It will be a lot of confusing if you need malaria pills or not.
The experts in your country will not be sure either. The health companies who produce the pills will tell you that the risk is high and the locals will tell you that they never need or use any because they cannot take the pills anyway as you can only take malaria pills for a limited time. The choice is yours, depends a lot on the season and the exact locations you are going to visit, in general the risk in not very high, but taking Malarone pills for couple of weeks wouldn’t kill you but malaria can.
Luggage and bags:
Backpack is more comfortable maybe then a suitcase, but you will not carry your stuff much anyway, some will do it for ya.
Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: Good walking shoes especially if you plan to do some walking safari. Light safari cloths recommended for better camouflage.
Warm cloths for the nights, especially if visit during the South African winter which is June to August.
Toiletries and Medical Supplies: Mosquito Repellent can be helpful, depends on the season you visit, we in the winter didn’t need it at all.
Photo Equipment: I think this is very clear and no need to mention, you go all the way here to see the animals, have the best what you can get.
Camping/Beach/Outdoor Gear: Warm sleeping bags in the winter as it will be cold at night.
Luggage and bags:
Soft bags are always better for this type of travel, they squash into limited space so much easier.
Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: Browns, greens etc are the best colours to wear when on safari, blue can scare the animals and white is bright and can gain you unwanted attention, reds and bright colours too are what not to wear.
Trousers that can be converted into shorts are great for cool starts to the day and then suit the warmth of the midday sun too.
A wide brimmed hat to keep the sun off your shoulders and neck as well as the head.
Cotton clothing is best.
Toiletries and Medical Supplies: Malaria tabs
Photo Equipment: Camera with a long lens
Bean bag to rest camera on door of car for stability
Luggage and bags:
Soft bags that can easily be stuffed into small spaces in light aircraft.
Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: Prepare for Everything! Cold morning and evening game drives - sweater, woolly hat, gloves, scarf. Hot afternoons - cool cotton clothes. Don't think it doesn't rain on Safari - it can take you by surprise at any time and it's useful to take a waterproof for game drives as they are usually open top vehicles. VERY IMPORTANT - don't wear bright colours. You have to blend in with the environment so khaki, brown, green and grey are best.
Toiletries and Medical Supplies: Malaria protection is essential
Photo Equipment: Zoom lense for birds and when you can't get close to an animal
Camping/Beach/Outdoor Gear: Sensible shoes - not open or you may get bitten.
Miscellaneous: Binoculars and a torch. I like the mini Maglite as you can take the end off and stand the torch on it as a base to read if the electricity goes off early. Many lodges have generators but they don't stay on late. Also a torch is useful for walking back to your room/tent at night.
Bring along some nice walking shoes if you want to do the walking safari at one of the restcamps
Toiletries and Medical Supplies: Whatever you do, do not forget the mosquito repellent, you will regrett it.
Photo Equipment: Make sure that you have enough film/memory card space
A good pair of binoculars will be essential for some fantastic game viewing. We used ours to check out a leopard in a tree a fair way away. This was our only leopard sighting and you could zoom in close and even see his whiskers as he took to an impala that he had caught and dragged up into the tree. Also, from some of the lookout places it is great to gaze out onto the plains and spot the elephants, giraffe and antelope.
We even had a play around with taking photos through the binoculars and it worked surprisingly well - made up for the lack of any great zoom on our little digital camera. Check out the additional pics on this tip for a sample of our work!
Luggage and bags:
We brought our usual suit cases plus day-packs for driving. This worked fine.
Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: I would recommend during any time of the year to wear sneakers or a good walking shoe. I wouldn't feel comfortable in sandals due to bugs, snakes, what have you. . .
We were there in the Fall (late April / early May) and shorts & T-shirts were good during the day, but early mornings and evenings were very cool and jeans and sweatshirts were best.
Despite the cool weather, the sun was intense. I wore a wide-brimmed hat, even in the car, for sun protection. Also a good pair of sunglasses is a must!
Toiletries and Medical Supplies: Definitely, you'll want to bring sun block at any time of the year.
Kruger is a malarial zone, so I brought prescription pills for malaria prevention, but during the fall, there aren't many mosquitoes. Better safe than sorry, I say.
Bring bug repellent with Deet and wear it at least at night & early morning, if you're out.
Photo Equipment: To get nice views of the wildlife, you'll need a zoom lens that goes up to about 300mm. That's not to say the animals are always far away. Sometimes they're a little too close for comfort!
Camping/Beach/Outdoor Gear: Even though we stayed at the rest camps, we didn't need any camping gear. The huts at the camps are really just cottages and they are equipped with anything you need. The camp shops also sell food, utensils and other camping supplies.
When I was there in May, it was actually pretty cold. The vehicle you are driven around in is open, so not only is it cold...but I have a LOT of cold air in my face. So check the weather...and bring the appropriate clothing!
Toiletries and Medical Supplies: Nothing beyond the norm. The bathroom facilities are good...except the showers are on the outside.
Photo Equipment: the better your equipment...the better your memories...take everything you have...if you don't mind carrying it all the way there
Camping/Beach/Outdoor Gear: bug spray helps :-)
Miscellaneous: There is absolutely no way you will be able to get anything at any "store" nearby because there is none. You are in the middle of nowhere. Don't forget anything.
We bought a new digital camera for the safari and felt it did a pretty good job. We don’t know much about cameras and aren’t avid photographers, but we wanted to take some decent pictures on the safari. What we bought was a Canon powershot that had a 12X optical zoom, which I think is the minimum amount of ‘zoom’ you would to take with on a safari.
Miscellaneous: Binoculars (we forgot ours)
Flashlight – This will help you get to the bathroom at night safely if you don’t have one in your accommodation.
Hat – it gets really hot in the highveld and you are well advised to bring a nice hat to wear while sitting outside at the designated picnic spots viewing game, or sipping your sun-downers.
Light coloured clothing – Africa is generally hot, so unless you are visiting the park in winter, I recommend wearing light coloured clothes that reflect the light.
Warm clothing – make sure you pack some warm clothing if you intend going on any early morning or late night drives/walks. The wind chill factor can be quite intense with the wind whistling through the open-backed truck.
Walking boots – if you are planning on going on a game walk, ensure you bring along a decent pair of walking boots, or failing that, a good pair of trainers. Whatever you do, don’t go out in flip flops or high heels. It is recommend your walking boots or trainers cover your ankle (use a pair of thick socks if your shoes don’t ride that high). This is an extra precaution against snake-bites.
Toiletries and Medical Supplies: Tick-spray – ticks are in abundance in game parks, especially if you go on any walks in the bush. Make sure you spray your legs and arms before heading out and check your legs and socks when you return!
Malaria tablets – Kruger National Park is in a malaria zone, therefore it is highly recommended you begin taking your malaria tablets before you arrive and throughout your stay. Your chemist or doctor will be able to provide you with information on the type of tablet and dosage.
Mosquito repellent – Mosquitoes can be a pain. Make sure you buy some effective mosquito and insect repellent for your stay in the park. If you forget to buy some before you arrive, most parks have small shops that stock a multitude of odds and ends – insect repellent is always readily available!
Photo Equipment: Binoculars – these are a vital piece of equipment for any game safari. If there are more than two of you in the car at once, try to bring along more than one pair. There is nothing more frustrating than seeing a huddle of beige smudges in the distance, and having to wait your turn to gaze in detail at the lions sleeping in the summer sun.
Binoculars are fantastic for seeing the little details: the ox-peckers picking ticks off the back of an elephant’s back, the lion cubs playing with grasshoppers and spotting the lilac-breasted rollers flitting from tree to tree.
Camera – Another necessity! You will want to capture for all time, the great and wonderful sights you see while traversing the African savannah. I highly recommend bringing along a zoom lens if possible, as they enable you to take photographs that appear really up close and personal.
Miscellaneous: Books: Signs of the Wild: A field guide to the spoor and signs of the mammals of Southern Africa by Clive Walker and Roberts Birds of Southern Africa by Gordon L. MacLean, Austin Roberts
Notebook – List the wildlife you spot and where - especially if they’re rare or any of the big 5: Lion, Leopard, Buffalo, Elephant & Rhino. You can put this information to good use at the sightings board set up in almost all the rest camp reception areas.
Map – Maps are available to buy at each entrance gate – you'll need them to navigate your way through the park.
Food – Most of the camps are self-catering
Cooking Utensils – whether you need to bring these items along depends on the camp in which you stay. (ie Punda Maria)
Board-games/Cards – There are no TVs/radios so if you think you’ll get bored in the evenings, go the old fashioned route and play some board games.
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