The secret to successful Kruger Park Safaris & Tours packing when travelling to the Kruger National Park is “less is more”. Pack light and you'll save yourself many headaches. You really do not need to go mad buying camouflaged kit and pith helmets! Many guests arrive better kitted out than the rangers! In fact, you don't even need specialist equipment - just take comfortable clothes and avoid bright colours. Autumnal hues are best - beiges, browns, greens etc. It can get chilly on the back of the safari vehicle, so layers are good.
Space is limited in safari vehicles and if your journey includes a charter flight, they are generally done on light aircrafts. The luggage limit is 20kg per person, total (hand plus checked), in soft sided bags only. If you are flying from Johannesburg on a Chartered Flight to Kruger or Madikwe Game Reserve, or planning a the Okavango Delta and Moremi Region or Chobe safari, this is of particular relevance.
Johannesburg International Airport does have luggage storage facilities, which your consultant will be delighted to assist you in booking. Small to medium sized duffel bags or soft-sided luggage works best, as there is no room for large, hard cases. Bear in mind that most lodges and hotels offer a laundry service.
The safari experience is a relaxed affair, so you can leave your expensive jewelry at home.
Clothing Sueggestions for a 3-5 night stay:
• 2 pair trousers (khakis or similar) 1 casual skirt for women
• 1 or 2 pair shorts
• 1 “smart casual” or dressy evening attire
• 2 t-shirts
• 1 long sleeved t-shirt or turtleneck
• 1 or 2 short sleeved shirts or blouses
• 1 long sleeved shirt or blouse
• 1 light to medium weight cardigan or pullover sweater or sweatshirt
• Ladies might well want to pack a Pashmina
• 1 wind-breaker or light jacket
• 2 pair shoes (a Walking Pair of Shoes is recommended)
• Swimming suit
• Underwear & socks for 3-5 days (women a sports-bra is good for bumpy roads)
• Sleep wear (light weight sweats double up nicely)
• Flip flops (optional) for pool or shower
• Personal toiletries etc. including adequate sanitary necessities
Winter in the Bush (April to Oct) can be quite cold during your morning and evening game drives. During this time it is advisable to pack a warm flease, gloves, hat and scarf.
• Passport, visas, vaccination certificate, airline tickets, credit card, money
• Day pack or small carry on bag
• Camera equipment and specialized lenses to suit your level of expertise
• Adequate memory (this may be much more than you anticipate - better too much than to run out)
• Hat for sun protection
• Anti-maleria medication (if required)
• Personal First Aid Kit including necessary prescription medicines
• Insect repellent
• Sunscreen & unscented moisturizing lotion
• Lip balm
• Travel tissues & “Wet Ones”
• Small flashlight (torch)
• Travel alarm clock
• Photocopy of airline tickets and passport
Have a look at our blog, entitled Gear Up & Go On Safari - The Essential Checklist, for more information.
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When to Visit The Kruger National Park
Your safari experience will vary according to the seasons. We've compiled some information to help you make an educated decision about when best to visit. We usually recommend between 3 and 5 nights on safari.
Malaria is a serious illness, but can be easily prevented and should not deter you from visiting an area. There are many anti-malaria medicines available that have advanced so as to have minimal side effects. There are also a whole host of sprays and devices!
Why a Private Game Reserve?
Our team of well travelled consultants have all the local knowledge to ensure that we build you a tailor-made itinerary of a lifetime. So what's the difference between the Kruger National Park itself and the private reserves and concessions?
Kruger Park Accommodation
There are plenty of hotels, lodges and self-catering options in the Kruger National Park. With so much to choose from, it can become quite confusing which is why we've set it all out for you below.
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