Prepare for Safari

Safari Clothing

Nov – Mar

I recommend light clothing for warm weather (light shirts, t-shirts or polo-shirts). It is usually quite hot during that time of the year. Natural/bush colors would be good for game drives and bush activities. Avoid white and any bright colors. I would also avoid black and blue as it attracts insects.

Apr – Oct

I recommend light clothing for warm weather (light shirts, t-shirts or polo-shirts) and some warm clothes for colder days. It is usually warm during the day at that time of the year. The nights can get a bit chilly. Natural/bush colors would be good for game drives and bush activities. Avoid white and any bright colors. I would also avoid black and blue as it attracts insects.

Preferred colors: khaki, olive, green, beige, brown, ….
Avoid: Bright colors, red, white, yellow, blue, black, …

Note: For the evening dinners and around the lodges all colors are OK. But as mentioned above I would not wear black or blue.

Rain and Cold

Nov – Mar

Please bring at least one warm flees or sweater and a good rain jacket as it rains quite often during that time and it can be quite chilly in the mornings and evenings on the game drive vehicle. And bring a pair of gloves and a warm scarf in case you are a person that is easily cold. A woolen beany (cap) for the chilly mornings is a good idea.

Apr – Oct

Please bring at least one warm flees or sweater and a warm jacket as it can be quite chilly in the night and on mornings and evenings on the game drive vehicle. And bring a pair of gloves and a warm scarf. A woolen beany (cap) for the chilly mornings is a good idea.

Preferred colors: khaki, olive, green, beige, brown, ….
Avoid: Bright colors, red, white, yellow, blue, black, …

Sun

You need a hat or a cap in the hot African sun (hats are better as they cover the ears, too). Do not forget your sunglasses. I also recommend you bring sun cream (SPF30+) and some insect repellent of your choice.

Shoes

You should bring at least two pairs of closed walking shoes (in case one pair gets wet). Walking in the bush with open shoes or barefoot is not a good idea.

Binoculars

A binocular for each person is an excellent idea. Having ones own binocular – properly set up – enhances a safari a lot. From about $100 to $300 one can get some decent binos.

Note: If you book a Safari with Christian Sperka on the Green Mamba 1 a set of Nikon binoculars will be issued to each guest on every game drive..

Camera

Bringing a camera along is a good idea.

Note: If you book a Safari with Christian Sperka on the Green Mamba 1, Christian will take many pictures and you will receive them free of charge.

Power Adapters

Bring a power adapter for South Africa. I recommend to bring along a European or American power-strip (wherever you are from). That way you only need to plug in only once with an adapter and then you can plug in all your devices (phones, computers, cameras, …) into the power strip.

Please note that South Africa operates at 220V/240V.

Dietary Requirements

Please make sure that you communicate any special dietary requirements to the Lodges.

Laundry Services

– Laundry services are available at most 5* Safari destinations.

PS: In case you are planning to rent a car please do not forget your driver’s license: