South Africa What to Pack

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South Africa What to Pack

  • Packing For Your Trip

    I traveled to South Africa alone therefore tried to keep my luggage to a minimum. However, I took too much!! Leave some room for all of the souvenirs and various other trophies you will want to bring back. Good walking shoes are a must. One pair of decent sandals for "dressing up" and a light jacket are important.Bring something warm as it gets...

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  • Be sure to bring your cell/mobile phone!

    South Africa has very few public telephones (and even fewer in working order) so be sure to bring your mobile phone (called a cell phone here) - this also helps you avoid extortionate rates charged by hotels for using phones in the rooms. In view of the security concerns, it is also always wise to be able to raise the alarm/call for help/ask for...

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  • Bring empty bags/cases - our shopping is...

    Shopping for most South Africans is a religious observance, and the opportunities for retail therapy are almost endless! Just because this is a developing country doesn't mean that the shops are third world: complexes such as the Sandton City, Eastgate and Rosebank Malls in Johannesburg are palatial and the range of shops is mindblowing. One other...

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  • What to wear in South Africa

    You can wear light weight clothing during the summer (November - February). In winter a jumper or jacket may be needed, especially in the mornings and evenings. If you visit a game reserves try to wear neutral colors like brown, beige or khaki that help to blend in with the background. And don't forget your long-sleeved shirts and trousers for...

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  • South African spring: What to bring

    For a 4 day stay (not counting the total time to get there which was a day), I packed a huge suitcase with about 3 pairs of jeans, a jacket, hoodie and t-shirts. Don't expect tropical climate because the nights can get a little fresh. It's also considered rainy season around this time. I didn't run into any torrential downpours, maybe a light...

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  • Malaria tablets or not

    It will be a lot of confusing if you need malaria tablets or not.The experts in your country will not be sure either. The health companies who produce the tablets 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 tablets anyway as you can only take malaria tablets for a...

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  • What to pack

    Backpack is more comfortable maybe then a suitcase, but you will not carry your stuff much anyway, in some places, others will do it for ya. Good walking shoes especially if you plan to do some hiking and walking safari. Light colours safari cloths recommended for the comfortability as well as better camouflage.Warm cloths for the nights,...

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  • Varied Climate

    South Africa has a varied climate depending on where you are at. It's hot and dry in the Northeast by Kruger NP but can be cold and wet in the Capetown area. You will need to make sure that you account for this. Particulary if you visit Capetown be prepared for numerous changes in weather while you visit.

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  • What to bring with?

    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. 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...

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  • Knowledge and suncream

    Lots of suncream - the ozone layer is thin Take throwaway cameras - that way if they get stolen you only lose some pictures not a valuable camera. Read up loads before you come to South Africa - read all about the social and politcial history, even if these are not your favourite subjects of study. You need to have some idea of where the...

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  • In winter, bring your woolies!!!!

    We discovered, much to our astonishment and horror, that South Africans -- even worse than the British, the Aussies, or the Kiwis -- seem to have an aversion to central heating. In three weeks, we found one restaurant that had a heating system and only a single hotel room. With highs in the 60sF and mid- high-teensC, we were freezing all the...

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  • Travel Light

    Soft hold all type bags are great for lugging around this country, bearing in mind you will be travelling a fair amount by road if you are not staying in one place. Make sure you have good walking shoes, light weight clothing but something warm to throw on during the cooler evening depending what time of year you are travelling. A hat and shades a...

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  • What to Pack and for where

    South Africa is noted for its warm year-round climate. Summer brings inland temperatures that can shoot well over 110 degrees F, while winter temperatures are cool seaside and dip near freezing in some inland and mountainous regions. Check the calendar. South African summers begin in November, with the peak months in December and January. Winter...

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  • Unfamiliar faces - Photography

    The people of South Africa LOVE to have their photo taken with digital cameras. The concept that the photo appears on the screen instantly is so exciting for them and they immediately want to see the photo of themselves. Having a neck strap and using it is a great idea because it is better for your neck to be pulled around than your camera to be...

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  • Winter on the African Plain

    Believe it or not, winters in South Africa do exist! Having been from the Arizona desert, I did not expect the winters in Mafikeng, South Africa to be so cold! July is the middle of winter, and while we were there it was below freezing every night. I would recommend long johns and insulating layers as the day does warm up. It is a rarity to find...

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  • South Africa in Summer (Nov-Feb)

    Do not pack more than you need!! Think about how you will be travelling around and if it's in a small car with other people you will not have room for alot of stuff. Save room for souveneirs! A warm jacket for night, cotton t-shirts, 1 pair of pants, shorts, swimsuits, clothes for going out at night, hiking boots/tennis shoes, sandals pain...

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  • stuff to bring

    Due to weight limitations for our safari, we each brought a rolling suitcase w/ a large waterproof nylon duffle bag inside for our safari. We left our suitcases (with clean clothes) in Johannesburg at the Backpackers Ritz and then just took the smaller duffle bag with all our safari clothes to Kruger. Worked out great and left us with clean clothes...

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  • Leave the malaria tabs at home

    Buy the Malaria tabs in South Africa instead, they are WAY cheaper and they know what works in their area. BUY YOUR BILLABONG GEAR HERE!!! I have wanted a billabong swimsuit forever but I could not justify $120 on a bikini, well in RSA my pretty little blue swimsuit was only $40!! When I go again it will be with an empty suitcase, the stuff...

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  • Pack a Cellphone!

    Definitely bring a cellphone a.k.a. mobile or GSM along when you. If you're coming from the US, Canada, or Latin America, make sure it's a tri-band, though, because it needs to function with the digital GSM system used there. And if yours happens to be locked into a system at home, they will be able to unlock it for a fee, which, believe me,...

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  • Think Minimalism!!

    If you spend much time on safari, you will discover that the fine dust can penetrate most containers. Electronic gear, or delicate clothes can be sealed in a zippered plastic bag for safety. Take plenty of extras! Also, leave room for the stuff you buy. Think comfort. Unless you are specifically planning to hike, consider leaving the hiking boots...

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  • Pack Light!

    Bags get moved around a lot to get to the safaris, so make sure they're durable. I used soft roller that ripped at edges. Pants that zip down to shorts are great! You'll especially need these during the winter (June - August). Good hiking boots - but nicely worn. Zamba or other facial lotion/creams are good. Mosquito repellent was provided at my...

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  • Cameras and Film, Film, and more Film

    Pack light, especially if taking a domestic flight. They've very weight conscious. Good walking shoes and definitely a hat if you're doing any hiking. We did a few hikes while on safari (with an armed guide, of course) and those hats definitely came in handy. Malaria tablets were on the menu but that's all we really needed in the way of medical...

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  • Take warmer clothing!

    I was in Zimbabwe and South Africa in September and beginning of October and my number one surprise was how the second that sun goes down, it gets surprisingly cool. I wasn't prepared, I took lots'o'shorts and t-shirts and like one jumper and a very light hooded shirt. I'd recommend taking another of each. Also chilly at the top of Table Mountain...

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  • Zambuk herbal ointment

    Zam-Buk Kruisesalf is a mild antiseptic for burns, minor wounds, scalds, itch, chapped hands and insect bites. It also seems to help muscle pains.It's real fun to be able to read the description in Afrikaans .

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  • What should you really take with you...

    All depends are you going to stay in the cities, or are you going to go on a safari. I'd rather take my back pack anytime than a heavy suitcase. Travel light! If you need more clothing, you can always buy more in SA. And mind you, you MUST remember the climate: SA is in Africa, yes, but then winter months (it really is winter down there, when we...

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  • Mosquito Repellent

    Bring a backpack. My advice would be to not buy so many things, but buy them once you are there. Mosquito Repellent for example will be much cheaper in supermarkets in South Africa. Suncreams too. Even swimming costumes, remember S.A is substantially cheaper than the UK or USA in almost every department apart from electrical goods. So even summer...

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  • Packing List

    In summer it is the rainy season, that means a heavy shower is possible from around November till April. Anti malaria tablets are sold everywhere, but when you are visiting the northeast ( Krugerpark or Kwazulu Natal)it is advisable to use Mefloquine tablets wich you have to start 3 weeks before arrival. Take a zoomlens for the best safari...

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  • Packing List

    If you go to the Kruger area, make sure you start taking malaria tablets in time. You can by these in South Africa, both Lariam and another (less agressive) brand that is very good (forgot the name). Bring or buy loads of film! This country just makes you take photos again and again!A zoom camera is great for photographing the wildlife,...

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  • Packing List

    Visiting the eastern part of the country,Kwazulunatal or Mpumalanga(Krugerpark),beware of the malaria mosquito after sundown,and wear long pants and shirts with long sleeves.Don't forget a good rain-coat.We had every night a thunderstorm. DONT FORGET MALARIA TABLETS in this area Be sure you have the right connecting piece with you,to put in the...

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  • Packing List

    Antibiotics and something against malaria seems important to me.Have a look at the server of http://www.who.int/home-page World Health Organisation Watch out, nights in winter can be very cold, we had low temperatures, sometimes 0 degrees centigrade and less.

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  • Packing List

    We were limited to 26 lbs US of luggage per person due to weight restrictions on small aircraft that transported us to and from safari camps. Weather ranged from 8-10 degrees C in the early mornings and evenings to 20-25 degrees C during the day time. good thick soled walking shoes or hiking boots bring plenty of film and extra camera batteries....

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  • Packing List

    Bring good shoes, preferably hikingshoes. Also bring a tent, it´s the best and cheapest way to stay in th Kruger National Park. South Africa is very good for camping. Bring a tent and sleepingbag and rent a car when there and you will see a lot of the country for a low cost.

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  • Packing List

    Comfortable for walking and out door activities. Don't forget hats and shorts, swimming suits and at least a light jacket... It can get chilly when it rains, even in the summer! SUN SCREEN! Bring a lot of film... you will want to take tons of pictures, and you will finish all of them before you noticed that you started taking photos!

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  • Packing List

    TAKE SUNSCREEN AND MOSQUITO REPELLENT!!!The two most VITAL things that you need! Take loads of hats. You may look stupid, but they help. Perfume/Aftershave is a no-no.It'll attract nasty things that'll bite you

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  • Packing List

    I bought a LowePro camera bag for the trip that worked really well. It's a backpack style, so easy to carry. It is padded to give some protection and accommodated all my photo equipment and personal items. Not cheap but good quality.http://www.lowepro.com/ I bought a pair of Brasher Hillmaster Classic boots a few weeks before I went to replace an...

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  • Packing List

    If you are going to South Africa between June and November (especially if you will be in the highveld - Johannesburg and area) pack warm clothes as it can get down to zero over night and the buildings are not necessarily well insulated. Although it can be t-shirt weather during the day, you probably want a sweater and jacket for in the evenings....

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  • Packing List

    A backpack is the best. Just wear as you normally do in Summer. Besides a suntan lotion and calamine lotion, Band-aid, and stuff, I don't know what else to bring. Digital Camera. There are portals for laptops and stuff in every good hotel. You can load the photos to your computer in your room. Suntan lotions: If you go to Sun City you will need...

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  • Packing List

    Depends. Last time we hired a motorhome, and than it was easier to use bags, instead of suitcases. As they were easier to fit in smaller places.This time they suit-cases have been more wise,because they had to go in the back of the 4x4,and are more protected then. Shorts,t-shirts,hiking boots,bathing suit and light jacket for the evenings,or a...

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  • Packing List

    Don't pack too heavy because you will be bringing back a TON of stuff--next time I will bring an extra bag! If you go during their summer months, shorts and swimsuit are a must. Bring a few long-sleeve shirts and a light jacket a pants for cooler evenings--I never wore my jeans once. Capri pants were great to have and guys, a light pair of khakis...

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  • Packing List

    Hiking Take a camera- it's gorgeous down around the cape. But take a gun for the baboons- they'll rape you.

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  • Packing List

    Never ever put your medicine in your main luggage as one member of our group did - he was quite ill before they managed to get the medicines he needed for his heart locally.Mosquito repellent is needed in Kruger National Park and also maleria tablets. Take more film than you think you will need - lots more - you always take more photos than you...

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  • Packing List

    Pack as light as possible, as this is the perfect country in which to do some serious travelling. I think it is a lot easier to go with a backpack, but if you are doing an organized tour, you will probably be able to do it with a holdall (I have used both.) Sturdy shoes for hiking as well as some sandals. A jumper/fleece will also be useful at any...

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  • Packing List

    Obviously the appropriate shots, and anti-malarial meds. But also take your own Imodium and if you can, a course of broad spectrum anti-biotics(just in case!!) as well as stuff for cold/fever/allergies etc. As well as a good first aid kit. South Africa is great, but if you're in the bush, its better to be prepared.

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  • Packing List

    My rule of thumb is to take enough clothes for one week OR for the length of the trip PLUS two days, whichever is shorter. If you are traveling on business, you can probably pack along two suits and rotate between them. Try to take different colors of shirts/blouses; mixing and matching might fool people into thinking you brought more clothes...

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  • Packing List

    With the elevation of the Highvelt, there is no need to bring any malaria treatment and musquito repellent if you stay along the coasts or on the central plateau. However for eg Kruger park they are a necessary evil. Good sunscreen is vital anywhere! Remember that South Africa uses the old UK-style 3-pin plugs with round pins, and 220v. Adapters...

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