Packing list for a South Africa holiday

Aside from checking any relevant vaccinations and seeking advice about anti-malaria drugs, no special preparations are required for a trip to South Africa. All over-the-counter medications are widely available at pharmacies, but you might want to buy essentials such as sunblock and insect repellent before you travel. Travellers who wear contact lenses might find that their eyes are more irritable in the dry heat typical of parts of South Africa. Pack glasses as a backup.

Travelling with children

If you are travelling with children, please make sure that you have all of the required documentation and original birth certificates for each child at hand. This is part of the child visa regulations implemented by the South Africa Home Affairs department and more information can be obtained using the this [checklist]

If you are travelling to South Africa and a safari is part of your planned itinerary then there a couple of things to consider packing as part of your planning. Some of the items below will be helpful;

  • High-SPF sunscreen and a sunhat.

  • Comfortable lightweight clothes of neutral colours.

  • Comfortable closed shoes.

  • A light fleece or sweater for the evenings.

  • Insect repellent.

  • Binoculars

  • Camera equipment.

  • Anti-malarial medication if you’re in a malaria area (rare)

  • US dollars in cash – You don’t need much but a couple of hundred will allow you to at least change if need be, and helps for tipping purposes as well.


Popular South Africa Safaris

These popular itineraries can be customised to match your budget and travel dates

 | Forray into the Wilderness of Sabi Sands and Madikwe  (7 days)

Forray into the Wilderness of Sabi Sands and Madikwe (7 days)

Our selection of South Africa's top safari lodges and game reserves are guaranteed to suit every taste and budget...

 | Bespoke Safari in South Africa

Bespoke Safari in South Africa

Experience the best that South Africa has to offer, with a holiday tailor-made for you ...

 | South African Holiday Adventure (10 days)

South African Holiday Adventure (10 days)

Explore the southern-most city on the African continent, before jetting off to spot the Big Five...

 | Best of Botswana and South Africa (11 days)

Best of Botswana and South Africa (11 days)

Experience the best of two of southern Africa's gems ...

 | South Africa and Mauritius Island Holiday (12 days)

South Africa and Mauritius Island Holiday (12 days)

South Africa has so much to offer, from spotting the elusive leopard, to exploring Johannesburg's historical sites. Include the tropical island of Mauritius for an even more unforgettable vacation....

Stunning view from the Rovos Rail | The Ultimate Luxury Safari in South Africa (11 days)

The Ultimate Luxury Safari in South Africa (11 days)

Combine Cape Town chic with Africa's most luxurious train and an elegant Big Five safari for a stylish South African holiday...

 | South African Bush and Beach Journey (10 days)

South African Bush and Beach Journey (10 days)

Explore the magic of Cape Town followed by the Scenic Garden Route and finally the Big Five members at the Kruger National Park...

 | Sabi Sand Game Reserve Safari (5 days)

Sabi Sand Game Reserve Safari (5 days)

You'll trek Africa's Big Five members in the Sabi Sand Game Reserve...

Romantic view | Deluxe Honeymoon Safari in Cape Town, Kruger and Victoria Falls (10 days)

Deluxe Honeymoon Safari in Cape Town, Kruger and Victoria Falls (10 days)

Combine three of Southern Africa's most loved destinations into one romantic getaway and you'll share the memories forever...

 | Best of Africa Safari (16 days)

Best of Africa Safari (16 days)

Experience the best of Africa, from the Okavango Delta – one of Africa's Seven Natural Wonders – to the endangered mountain gorillas and East Africa's Great Migration...

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