What to Pack for a South African Safari Trip

If it’s your first time going on an African safari, it’s difficult to resist the urge to replicate Meryl Streep’s Out of Africa wardrobe or even that of Indiana Jones in Raiders of the Lost Ark.

However, luggage allowances for international travel were quite different back then, and the outfits, although gorgeous on screen, were very impractical.

After booking your stay at the perfect Addo Elephant Park accommodation at Woodall, it’s time to consider your essential packing list for a luxury African safari experience. Practicality and comfortability should be the first consideration for selecting your clothing items, but it also won’t hurt to look good.

At Woodall, we aim to make every stay for each guest truly memorable and special. Being comfortable while enjoying the breath-taking scenery and encountering the majestic African elephant is also essential to that experience.

Here’s our list of essential packing:

  1. A Warm, Waterproof Jacket.

Regardless of what time of year you choose to go on safari, it’s best to pack a light, but warm jacket. Early mornings and evenings can be quite cold in Addo, and with rain showers often being unpredictable, a waterproof jacket is the way to go.  

  1. Comfortable and Durable Footwear.

For your safari experience, pack a pair of durable trainers or hiking shoes. You’ll also want to ensure that you have another comfortable pair of shoes to wear while enjoying everything Woodall Country House and Spa has to offer.

  1. Cotton Clothing.

Select cotton clothing for your safari wardrobe, the fabric is light and allows for ease of movement. Be sure to also pack long-sleeved shirts for the evenings and light trousers. Earth tones are the best colour option but avoid white or bright red.

  1. A Hat.

Don’t forget to pack a hat, preferably one with a wider brim. This will, along with sunscreen, will protect your face and neck from the sun. Sunburn on a safari trip can be really unpleasant.

There’s, of course, no rule that states you’re not allowed to look glamorous and elegant while you’re on safari, as long as your wardrobe is practical. Contact us if you have additional concerns about what to expect on a luxury African safari, or to make a booking.