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 -
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-
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 -
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-
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-
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. Info@ntshava.com
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