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Packing Guide for South Africa

Our packing list for South Africa should be used as a guide only and is not intended to be a complete packing list. Any other items that you wish to pack are at your own discretion, however, you should attempt to follow our suggested luggage weight limit of under 20 kg. What you bring will vary according to the time of year you are travelling. We recommend you check the details of your tour when deciding what to pack.

Most travellers carry their luggage in a backpack, or duffel type bag although an overnight bag with a shoulder strap would suffice if you travel lightly. Smaller bags or backpacks with wheels are convenient although we recommend your bag has carry straps to accommodate the cobbled streets, uneven surfaces, stairs and steps you are lightly to encounter while carrying your luggage. You’ll also need a day pack/bag to carry activity equipment, water and other personal items for each daily activity or excursion. 
Please do discuss packing requirements with us as we will be able to advise you more comprehensively by taking into account the season.

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– Clothing/Shoes:
Depending on which time of the year you are visiting, ensure you have the correct clothing packed. Summer in Southern Africa can get extremely warm and reach temperatures of 40 degrees while winters can be chilly, windy and raining with temperatures around 15 degrees.
Game drives can also be quite chilly especially on winter mornings so it is best to bring a warm jacket, a thick pair of socks and sturdy shoes, a beanie hat and a pair of gloves.
Swimsuit for any water activities.

– Backpack/Daypack Items:
Water bottle.
Camera with extra memory card and batteries.

– Medical and Toiletries:
Toiletry kit (shampoo, soap, etc).

After sun/moisturising cream.
A small bottle of antibacterial hand wash and wet wipes.
Personal basic first aid kit to include essential items (such as painkillers, plasters/bandages, insect bite relief, etc.)

Prescribed medication – if you are on prescription medication please bring the medication in its complete form (i.e. not out of its packaging). A letter from your Doctor can prevent complications at customs.
There are no requirements for malaria tablets or any other kind of medication/vaccine except when staying in Kruger National Park – guests staying here are required to have malaria tablets.

– Travel Documents/Other:
Passports (ensure your passport has at least one blank page).
Most countries are not required to provide a Visa to visit South Africa as visitors are issued with a 90-day Visa on arrival. Please check beforehand whether or not you will need a Visa.
Flight tickets.

Tour confirmation voucher.
Travel Insurance – including Insurer details, 24 hour emergency contact number and policy number (even if you are travelling with credit card insurance).
Photocopies of important documents – to be kept seperately (we recommend you keep a copy at home as well and email a copy to yourself).
Relevant currency – please note it is common in South Africa to tip 10% of a bill when visiting a restaurant/bar.
Credit/debit cards – all major credit cards are widely accepted with ATMs found almost everywhere.
Money belt.

Latest trip notes.
Youth/student/seniors card for travel discounts.
Cellphones and GPS’s can be obtained at most airports in Southern Africa if needed.
Driving license for self-drives – PLEASE NOTE: We drive on the left hand side of the road in South Africa.