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What to bring on your Kapama safari

When coming on safari to South Africa, what to pack and what to leave behind may be slightly different to conventional holidays abroad. To ensure you are well prepared, we’ve compiled a list of useful tips and items to bring along on your safari.

During the summer months

The summer months extend from August to April, with the hottest period being between October and February - which is also the time of year when rain is possible. Rainfall generally takes the form of thunderstorms, which last just for an hour or so, after which the weather clears up again. Kapama provides rain ponchos for guest use on game drive vehicles, and umbrellas for use are available at all four lodges.

Summers are generally warm to extremely hot, but may still be cool in the early mornings. Packing a light jacket and warm cap (especially for game drives) is advised.

However, by noon, temperatures in summer are often very hot and suited to cool, short-sleeve shirts and shorts/bermudas - light cotton fabric is best. Also pack in a bathing suit/trunks, so you can cool off from the heat with a dip in the pool. Swimming pool towels are available for your use at all the lodges.

African heat can be intense and the sun very harsh, so always wearing a high protection factor sunblock is advised, along with lip balm and sunglasses. Insect repellent will come in handy, although game drive vehicles do carry repellent on board should you mislay yours.

During the winter months

Winter in the Lowveld area of South Africa where Kapama is located is from May to July, with the coldest period being from the end of June and throughout July. During this time, fleece blankets are provided on vehicles for your use on game drives.

Early mornings and evenings may be very cold, so it’s recommended to pack a thick jacket, scarf and cap if you are visiting in winter - along with closed shoes and socks. A pair of warm gloves will be useful, especially on game drives, as may a fleece tracksuit.

Other considerations

Please feel free to contact Kapama directly should you have any further questions regarding your forthcoming safari. Our friendly and capable team will gladly assist you.