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PACKING - SOUTH AFRICA

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.

Clothing:

  • 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

Extra Gear:

  • Binoculars
  • Shooting sticks if you prefer your own
  • Camera/s
  • USB Flashdrive or SD card for copying your PHs pictures to take with you
  • Camera/Binocular lens cleaning cloth
  • Flashlight
  • 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.
  • Toiletries
  • 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:

  • Passport
  • Air tickets
  • Rifle Import Permit Application and relevant documentation

Please Note:

Military type camo is not permitted in most African countries, but Realtree types are normally accepted.

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""Good effort, especially considering some tough weather conditions. Very enjoyable hunts in nice habitat – good attention to detail of hunter preferences. We’ve had a good time!"

~ Greg & Janice Mensik '13 from

"The hunting was superb and the trophies excellent. Greg and Bless are the best team I have hunted with in Africa. The food and accommodation at Oude Kraal and Lalibela were brilliant, thanks to Lauren and Charmaine, and Pam and I loved our 10 days in the Cape Province."

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