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Packing List for a South Africa Holiday

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Packing List for a South Africa Holiday

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By Andre Van Kets

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Safari Enquiry

Aside from checking 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.

Travelers 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 on your South African holiday.

Travelling with Children

If you are traveling with children, please ensure that you have all the required documentation and original birth certificates for each child.

This is part of the child visa regulations implemented by the South Africa Home Affairs department, and more information can be obtained using this [checklist].

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

  • High-SPF sunscreen and a sunhat
  • Comfortable, lightweight clothes of neutral colors
  • 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.

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Recent reviews from travellers who planned and booked their Africa trips with Discover Africa Safaris
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9 Day Safari And Cape Town Holiday Review

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17 Mar 2024
A Seamless Experience

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Debra G, United States
31 Jan 2024
Amazing Trip

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Very professional and organised.

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Q & Fab, United Arab Emirates
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Perfect arrangements & Fast Service.

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