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Packing for adventure


I thought I was going to go light, but it seems I need a full case or big bag as there are some things to consider when you are going to be in a tropical country in rain season in the middle of the bush. Part of our tracking will be at night as well.


  • First of all, comfortable ‘bush clothing’ in dull colours. Forget your whites, and colourful clothes, think khaki, beige, brown, grey, green. Combat trousers, that you can convert into shorts. I got mine from Decathlon.
  • Long sleeved cotton tops or shirts, to keep the mosquitos off. Again Decathlon was the place to be.
  • Waterproof jacket and trousers, think tropical rain
  • A hat or peak cap, I got a Tilley hat, as they are lightweight, waterproof and ideal for being outdoors all day.
  • Thick jacket with a hood, gloves and a scarf in all seasons, as it can get cold at the back of the open 4×4 in the mornings. Bandannas are very versatile.
  • Walking/hiking shoes, lightweight, waterproof and comfortable. I did some research and I got Merrell Intercept. They didn’t even need breaking in, very comfortable.
  • A small rucksack for during the day to hold the daily necessities; water, sunscreen, snacks, camera, hand-santitiser, etc.
  • Sunscreen lotion; factor 40 or higher and a lip balm with SPF
  • Sunglasses with UVA protection
  • A large water bottle, 2 liters or more
  • Mosquito and tick repellent, for South Africa, Tabard is the brand to go with, with Deet 35%
  • Lotion to soothe mosquito and insect bites (Anthisan or any mepyramine cream)
  • First aid kit ( plasters,painkillers, eye drops, cold capsules, allergy meds, diarrhoea/nausea tablets, epi pen if needed)
  • Any chronic/long-term medication
  • Plug adaptors/converters for South Africa
  • Binoculars, I have a monocular
  • Camera and lots of film or a large memory card and spare batteries
  • Shorts and t-shirts as it will be hot during the afternoon
  • Sandals/flip-flops for relaxing in camp
  • Spare batteries, try to use rechargeable ones, which is more environmentally friendly
  • Mobile phone and charger
  • Personal toiletries (champoo, conditioner, soap, toothpaste, dry shampoo, facial cleansing wipes are useful, nail brush, as you will be glad you’ve got it with you)
  • If you wear glasses, bring a spare
  • Ear plugs if you are a light sleeper
  • Swimwear, as in some of the reserves are pools
  • A good book or two, or something to keep you occupied during midday relaxing time
  • A travel journal, if you want to record your experience
  • Mosquito net
  • Spending money
  • Towels, bed linen are provided normally
  • South African SIM card, can be bought at the airport, so you have internet during your stay. Don’t forget to buy AIRTIME, which is for your data.

Most importantly a sense of adventure, flexibility and good spirit are essential.


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About The Author


Hi everyone, I'm Dagmar and I'm born in Belgium, at 27 I moved to the south coast of Spain, initially just for 6 months, however 22 years later, I'm still here. I have a big passion for animal welfare. I have 3 dogs and a cat, all rescues. In September 2015, I turned vegetarian and over the course of that year, I have leant more and more towards veganism. My aim is to eat as 'clean' as possible.

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