Packing List for South Africa
South Africa can be warm to hot during the months of March, April, September and October with temperatures ranging between 65f - 85f. The months of May through August are winter and the night temp's can drop to below zero, warming up to the mid 60's or 70's by midday.
The following list is only a general guideline of what to bring on Safari. There is a daily laundry service except for the days of arrival/departure and when camps are changed from south to north. Pack light ensuring you have the basic comfortable clothing/equipment and keep in mind you'll always need luggage space for African souvenirs you'll buy along the way.
- 1 Pair of good walking boots (Always worn-in)
- 1 Pair of comfortable camp shoes
- 4 Pairs of good socks
- 4 Sets of underwear
- 3 Pairs of long hunting pants (Dark Khaki or Olive Green)
- 2 Pairs of short hunting pants (Early hunts –March – April, September - October)
- 4 Hunting shirts (Dark Khaki or Olive Green)
- 1 Hunting Jacket - Realtree type camo (Dark Khaki or Olive Green)
- 1 Warm sweater or jumper
- Casual wear for the evenings
- 1 Pair of gloves
- 1 Raincoat/waterproof jacket
- Cap or Hat
- Shooting sticks if you prefer your own
- USB Flashdrive or SD card for copying your PHs pictures to take with you
- Camera/Binocular lens cleaning cloth
- Pocket knife
- Sunglasses & sun block SPF 30
- Small backpack for daily equipment while hunting (e.g. cameras, extra ammo)
- Rifle with Sufficient Ammunition
- Chap stick or lip balm
- International plug set - conversion to South Africa 220 V
- Insect repellant - Tick repellent preferably containing DEET
- Extra prescription glasses if required
- Spare batteries if required
- Rifle cleaning kit, regular wipe down set
- Prescription drugs if required.
- Baby/Wet wipes for ladies on safari
- Rifle soft case
- Taxidermy tags if you have your own Taxidermist (shipping Instructions)
- Any CITES permits you may require
Final Check List before leaving home:
- Air tickets
- Rifle Import Permit Application and relevant documentation
Military type camo is not permitted in most African countries, but Realtree types are normally accepted.
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What People Are Saying
"Had a wonderful time with Rusty. The experience of a lifetime. Thank you so much for the wonderful memories. I will always remember my time in South Africa. The entire group is totally an A+ TEAM."~ Tom Ingstad '13 from
"Thanks to all John X people for a great and successful first time Safari."~ Brian Nelson '13 from USA
"What an adventure for my 12 year old son and myself. Our first safari was incredible. Many thanks to Carl, his staff, and our professional hunter, Stix. They worked patiently with my son and put him into perfect situations. We did not imagine that we would have such great success.
Thank you for the wonderful trophies and unforgettable experience."
"Our African experience have left us with a lifetime of memories. Our ranger Kelly went above and beyond the call of duty to make sure we saw all of the animals. The food was fine dining at it's best. We also want to thank Carl for our hunts of a lifetime! His hunting experience is world class, so was the hospitality he showed us. We loved it 100% ...... Perfect!"~ Randall & Cherie De Freece '12 from USA
"Our 1st Trip to John X Safaris and it will not be our last!"~ Randal Spence & Emily Belue '13 from
"... John X Safaris is truly a great safari operation. I have nothing but good things to say. The accommodations, food, lodge staff and most of all the quality of game are second to none."~ Tony White '12 from USA