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What to bring to the kruger National Park when going on Safari

When coming on safari to the Kruger national Park in South Africa, what to pack and what to leave behind may be a bit different to conventional holidays overseas. To ensure you are well prepared, we’ve compiled a list of useful tips and items to bring along on your Kruger Park safari.

During the summer months

The summer months extend from August to April, with the hottest period being between October and February - which is also the time of year when rain is possible. Rainfall generally takes the form of thunderstorms, which last just for an hour or so, after which the weather clears up again.

Summers are generally warm to extremely hot, but may still be cool in the early mornings. Packing a light jacket and warm cap (especially for game drives) is advised.

However, by noon, temperatures in summer are often very hot and suited to cool, short-sleeve shirts and shorts/bermudas - light cotton fabric is best. Also pack in a bathing suit/trunks, so you can cool off from the heat with a dip in the pool at the rest Camps and safari Lodges.

African heat can be intense and the sun very harsh, so always wearing a high protection factor sunblock is advised, along with lip balm and sunglasses. Insect repellent will come in handy.

During the winter months

Winter in the Lowveld area of South Africa where the Kruger National Park is located is from May to July, with the coldest period being from the end of June and throughout July.

Early mornings and evenings may be very cold, so it’s recommended to pack a thick jacket, scarf and cap if you are visiting in winter - along with closed shoes and socks. A pair of warm gloves will be useful, especially on game drives, as may a fleece tracksuit.

Other considerations:

Keep clothing colours as neutral and as light as possible, so you blend in better with the surrounding environment. Khaki, beige, brown and green are generally best, as darker and brighter colours attract unwanted mosquitoes and insects.

Remember to ask your doctor if you should bring malaria prophylaxis medication with you, as the kruger park is situated in a malaria area.

A pair of comfortable walking shoes for bush walks or when off the game drive vehicle, and a pair of slip-on shoes or sandals to wear around the camps or lodge or to meals, are advised.

Should you wear prescription spectacles or contact lenses, bring along a spare pair in the event that yours are mislaid or broken. Also ensure that you have sufficient contact lens cleaning lotion, as the dusty outdoor environment may require more frequent lens cleaning.

Electricity in South Africa is a 220-volt alternating current system. Wall plug units take a round two-prong European plug. It is advisable to bring the necessary converter or adapter from your home country, should you need to charge cameras or laptops. Alternatively, international adaptors are available for purchase in shops all around South Africa.

Remember to pack a telephoto lens for your camera, if you have one, a 300 zoom would be perfect, and a video camera, along with all the necessary plugs, chargers and memory cards needed.

A pair of binoculars may will come in handy.

Cellular phones work in most areas of South Africa and also at the Camps inside the Kruger national Park, although it is not advised to take cellular phones on game drive vehicles as they are considered an unnecessary disturbance to the wildlife and other guests also the reception outside camps is very poor to zero. Of course guests are welcome to use their cellular phone camera if it is set on airplane mode. It is also possible to buy local cellular phone cards at most South African international airports for use in your cellular phone.  

There are curio shops at all the Rest camps, and these also stock basic travel accessories.

Please feel free to  contact Explore Kruger directly  should you have any further questions regarding your forthcoming safari. Our friendly and capable team will gladly assist you.


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