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Your personalized Southern African safari will be the adventure of a lifetime – if you remember a few handy tips

The African bush is one of the most diverse environments on Earth, which makes a self-drive safari through South Africa’s Kruger National Park  a must-do for all animal and adventure lovers.

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While poaching has a dramatic effect on the rhino population, you might still catch a glimpse of this magnificent animal while on safari.
Image from www.sanparks.org

The world renowned park measures an impressive 7 580 sq mi. It boasts the widest selection of mammal species in Africa – including the Big 5, and a further 142 species of mammals, 507 species of birds, 114 species of reptiles, 34 species of amphibians, 49 species of fish and 336 species of trees. The vibrantly rich cultural history of the area’s indigenous people is also evident in the many rock paintings and majestic archaeological sites to be found in the region.

And a safari is much more than embarking on an exciting game drive… Mom and Dad can relax at the spa while the kids participate in coordinated and supervised activities. Teens will enjoy adventurous, guided bush walks to get a closer, more personal look at the African bushveld. Birders will be spoiled for choice with the variety of birds to view. Newlyweds – and other hopeless romantics – will stand in awe at the grandeur of the African night sky.

One thing remains true: going on a Southern African safari is the adventure of a lifetime – so make sure you pack the right gear. We all know what to take with us when we travel, right? But if you’ve traveled before, you know how easy it is to forget to pack that one important thing. Or what it feels like to arrive somewhere and wonder “Why didn’t I think of bringing that?” So here’s a basic list of helpful hints and reminders of what you need to bring and do before travelling.

You'll enjoy your close encounters on safari more knowing that you've packed everything you need. Image from www.greater.krugerpark.co.za

You’ll enjoy your close encounters on safari more knowing that you’ve packed everything you need.
Image from www.greater.krugerpark.co.za

Remember to bring:

  • Thick socks and comfortable walking shoes or hiking boots.
  • Your camera and binoculars.
  • A small torch.
  • Extra film for film cameras and an extra memory card or two for digital cameras.
  • Travel sized alarm clock.
  • Spare batteries and chargers for all electrical gadgets.
  • A universal travel adaptor plug.
  • Extra travel locks.
  • Sunscreen, sun hats and sunglasses.
  • Thick jumper or jacket for early morning game drives and breezy boat trips. And hot African summers are subject to sudden changes in the weather.
  • The atmosphere can become very dry, so remember your moisturizer and Chap Stick.
  • Permitted medicines including Band-Aids, eye drops and insect repellent.
  • All necessary personal toiletries including antibacterial gel or –wipes, nail clippers and tweezers.
  • Extra Ziplock bags, safety pins and rubber bands – you never know when you’ll need it, but you’ll be glad that you have it when you do need it!
  • Prestik or other rubber adhesives have a million and one uses – like replacing the nose pad on your sunglasses, or even fixing its frame.

Also remember to:

  • check your airline’s regulations on transporting liquids and gels. You may have to pack these into your check-in luggage – the same goes for any sharp objects such as nail scissors or clippers.
  • check your Visa requirements.
  • check your inoculation requirements.
  • make certified copies of your passport and keep these safe.
  • bring a good book to read.
  • bring a journal to capture your memories and thoughts while on safari.

Contact us  today to discuss what you’d like to experience during your self-drive safari. We  will take your expectations, budget and accommodation requirements into account while putting together your personalised itinerary.

All you need to do is arrive, enjoy the drive and experience the thrill of adventure.

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