Here are a few things to consider when packing for a South Africa safari in winter (and remember, winter in South Africa is June-Sept):
- Don't wear anything bright and colorful that might distract the animals (or worse - attract them to you!). Stick to neutral or dark colors.
- Prioritize comfort. When you aren’t sitting in your Jeep, you’ll be on foot exploring.
- June through September is technically winter in South Africa which may sound chilly, but is rather mild for those of us that hail from colder climates . Typically high temperatures are in the 70s F (20s C) and lows are in the 40s F (6 C). Given the typical safari schedule of touring at dawn, mid-day and evening one must pack carefully with lots of layers. Despite those temperature ranges, it can often drop to close to freezing in the early morning or after dusk, which feels even colder when riding in a jeep with the top down!
- Cover your feet at all times.
- Don’t over-pack, because most safari lodges offer complimentary same-day laundry.
I'm a light packer and safaris are casual. Here are the items that I found most useful.: