Tips on Packing

Clothing

The clothing you wear is your personal choice. What is important is to wear clothes that you are comfortable in. Your clothing must be well worn in to avoid being scuffed by it. Khaki colored clothing stand out in the bush, browns and greens are much more appropriate, a pair of jeans also works well. We suggest that you bring at least 2 pairs of hunting boots, in case 1 pair gets wet or damaged. Make sure that your boots are well worn in. It becomes cool at night and the early morning drives on the vehicle can also be cool, pack a warm jacket. It is better to dress in layers than to put on only 1 thick jacket. Enough clothes for three days is sufficient as we do have laundry services. You may wear your camouflage clothing in South Africa.

Some suggestions:

  • Wide brimmed hat, the African sun can be very harsh
  • 2 pairs of well worn in hunting boots
  • 1 pair of gaiters to keep the grass seeds out
  • 1 pair of flip flops
  • 1 pair gloves. It can get chilly early in the morning on the back of the hunting vehicle
  • 3pairs of long pants, preferably cotton.
  • 3 long sleeve shits
  • 2 pairs shorts
  • 2 short sleeve shirts
  • Hunting jacket
  • Windbreaker preferably waterproof
  • T-shirts
  • Clothing to wear at night
  • Underwear
  • Pajamas
  • Belt

Personal hygiene

  • Tooth care products
  • Anti - perspirant
  • Soap and body lotion
  • Shaving stuff
  • Lip balm
  • Feminine hygiene supplies

Miscellaneous

  • Nail clipper, Tweezers, small pair of scissors
  • Contact lenses , spare contact lenses, contact lens fluid and contact lens container
  • Sun glasses
  • Shooting glasses
  • Glasses and reading glasses
  • Reading material
  • Cameras, lenses, film, memory sticks
  • Flash lights
  • Spare batteries
  • Chargers, please note we use 220V in RSA, you might need a converter
  • Dairy, to keep track of your experiences

Medical

South Africa has got a well-established hospital network and private doctors in all the towns. You will seldom be more than an hour away from medical care. Helicopter paramedics are also available if your medical insurance provides for it.

Malaria is a threat in South Africa; the western part of the country bordering Botswana is malaria free while the eastern side bordering Zimbabwe and Mozambique is not malaria free. We suggest that you start taking malaria prophylactic medicine before you come to South Africa and for a period after you returned home. More information can be obtained from the tropical disease institutes. You can also consult with your own medical practitioner. No specific inoculations are required when you visit South Africa, although we do recommend a tetanus shot before you leave your home country.

If you take any chronic medication or you use prescribed medicine at the time of you visit, please make sure that you bring an adequate supply as well as a list of possible replacement medicine if you lose your medication and we cannot get the same brand in South Africa. Always have the prescription for your medicine with you, you will need it to get replacement medicine/ drugs and to prove that any drugs in your possession is on prescription.

Medical facilities in the rest of Africa are not well established and usually only very basic medical care are available, we strongly suggest that you take out medical insurance that covers you for emergency evacuations.

Medical First Aid kit

  • Ear drops *
  • Eye drops. *
  • Anti diarrhea tablets *
  • Laxative
  • Aspirin/Ibuprofen *
  • Cough drops *
  • Allergy medicine *
  • Motion sickness tablets/stickers
  • Sleeping tablets
  • Re-hydration salts *
  • Cold tablets (non drowsy) *
  • Antibiotics
  • Antibiotic cream *
  • Antihistamine *
  • Insect repellent *
  • Sunscreen lotion *
  • Cortisone

We will have a medical aid kit in the camp in which most (*) of the above will be available.

Hunting Gear

  • Binoculars
  • Range-finder
  • Ammo poaches
  • Ammo belts
  • Ammo boxes
  • Solid rifle cases
  • Earplugs ( we have extra ear protectors in the camp)
  • Ammo
  • Rifles
  • Hunting clothes
  • Hunting boots
  • Gaiters
  • Hunting knife

To be carried on your person

  • Passport
  • Travelers cheques
  • Cash
  • Name and telephone number of your next of kin in case of an emergency
  • Airplane ticket.
  • Valuables

Pack your valuables like cameras, mobile phones, memory sticks as well as their chargers in your hand luggage. Do not bring unnecessary valuables with you. There was cases reported of luggage pilfering at OR Tambo International Airport, it can also happen in your own country. It is advisable that you plastic wrap your luggage on departure. Please ensure that your valuables are adequately insured against theft, loss and accidental breakage.

 

 

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