Going on an African Safari appears on bucket lists everywhere and for good reason. A once in a lifetime trip featuring long flights to Africa, drives in open game vehicles and up-close sightings of wild animals in their natural habitat. What could be more exciting?
To help you prepare for your bush holiday we have put together some tips on what to pack.
Check your luggage allowance: Remember that you although you will most likely fly into Africa on an international flight with corresponding luggage allowances. Once you have landed you might need to take a internal domestic flight, possibly a small aircraft and a road transfer to get to your destination. Maybe even a helicopter. Make sure to check luggage allowances on all forms of transport as they do differ.
The bush is a unique environment and the clothing requirements are particular too.
All our properties offer a laundry service so you can pack light and take advantage of that.
For a three night stay we suggest a combination of about 3 tops and 3 pairs of bottoms.
Remember to include a long-sleeved shirt and a pair of trousers for chilly nights and game drives. These are also great for keeping any mosquitos at bay ( Morukuru is situated in a malaria free zone).
Choose neutral tones and light weight fabrics, preferably cotton as these fabrics work best in the heat. Add a lightweight , water-proof jacket as the temperatures in Madikwe can vary greatly.
Summer mornings can be chilly and in winter you can be very cold on a dawn game drive.
The secret is to wear several layers that you can take off or add to as needed. Think about a thin sweater or even a delicate cashmere wrap . Maybe a cotton scarf?
Morukuru family has a relaxed atmosphere so formal clothing for dinner is not necessary.
However ladies might choose to toss in a casual but glamorous dress or kaftan. These work well around the pool as well.
Unless you are doing a walking safari, there is no need to pack proper hiking boots. A good durable pair of trainers is all you need. You might also like to pack a pair of sandals for in the lodge.
Many first time visitors to Africa underestimate the strength of the sun even in the late afternoons. Choose a wide-brimmed hat to shade your eyes and the back of your neck (this is an area people forget, and where they get sun burnt. Throw in a sunscreen with a high SPF or sun protection factor of between 30 and 50. Do not underestimate the power of the African sunshine – the last thing you want on holiday is a sunburn. A swimming costume is a must for afternoons by the pool.
Insect repellant is available at all our properties – but you might prefer to bring your own brand. A pair of sunglasses is essential to protect you from the glare which can hurt your eyes and give you a headache, especially if you are not used to it.
You will want to take lots of photographs so make sure you take plenty of memory cards for your camera. Don’t forget to pack the charger. Binoculars are great for viewing birds and sightings in the distance.
Make sure to pack a great book . There will be some leisure time during the middle of the day, or while waiting for a flight when you will be grateful to have something to read.