Spending time on safari in the wilderness of Africa can only be memorable if you can minimise any stress.
While the Kruger National Park can provide the ultimate African adventure experience with those nearest and dearest to you, it is important to plan your tour properly and make sure that you know what to expect in order to enjoy this special adventure.
Modern Kruger National Park safaris imply that you can spend time enjoying game drives or other activities like walking through the wilderness or driving in custom-built game drive vehicles which allow you to get intimate with the landscape and scenery, providing you are properly prepared in all ways to enjoy it.
Kruger National Park offers several types of game drives, guided walks, 4×4 trails, mountain biking, backpacking trails, eco-trails, birding and even golf, hence you need the right clothes, the best protection against the sun, as well as against bugs and mosquitos.
Proper preparing and sensible packing for your Kruger safari is essential to save you lots of heartache later.
Keep the following 10 things in mind:
- A high SPF or sun protection factor of 30 to 50 will protect you and your children from sunburn or sunstroke while decent sunglasses will shield you from the sun.
- A small medical kit containing pain relievers, enough chronic medications for the trip, insect repellent, vitamins, lip balm, and a small bottle of moisturiser can help you save time. Eco-friendly toiletries, mosquito repellent, and bug-spray containing DEET are a plus, particularly if you camp.
- Kruger’s weather is typically warm to very hot, but winter mornings and evenings can be quite cold. Choose clothing items that can be easily mixed and matched in terms of colours, accessories, and functionality. The main criteria for your selection must be comfort, ease, and temperature.
- Choose clothing made of breathable, neutral fabrics that can adapt to changing temperatures. Pack items that can be washed by hand and dried quickly, especially for children. Long-sleeved shirts and trousers are essential for keeping mosquitoes and other insects at bay on chilly evenings.
- Pack clothes that you can wear in layers and remove or add as needed. A good pair of sneakers or hiking boots or pair of sandals in summer will suffice.
- In private game reserves, game drives typically begin shortly after sunrise and end late in the afternoon, lasting until after dark. A few sweaters and a light jacket, along with a scarf, hat, and gloves, will help you stay warm.
- The best time to visit Kruger National Park is at the beginning or end of the region’s dry season, between April and September.
- The rainy season (from October to March) may bring subtropical rainstorms and bush walks and game drives may be a bit uncomfortable. Mosquitoes are also more prevalent during wet periods.
- Because the Kruger National Park is located in a malarial area, consult your doctor about malaria prophylaxis before travelling and remember to pack it. Babies may not be able to take malaria prophylactics.
- It is always a good idea to pack a small flashlight.