As South Africa is in the Southern Hemisphere, the seasons are reversed. Winter, between May and September, is the dry season where lows can reach the 50’s and highs are regularly in the 80’s. In Summer, October to April, there is a greater chance for rain with temperatures in the consistently in the 80’s and 90’s.
Suggested Packing List:
Must - Haves:
- A refillable water bottle
- Passport. Must be valid for up to 6 months after your scheduled departure date from South Africa and have at least 2 blank pages.
- IMPORTANT: Travel Documents for Families Traveling with Minors
*If traveling during winter, May-September plan for cold mornings and evenings. Bring gloves, hats, a scarf and warm jacket for early morning game drives.
- Short-sleeved shirts (we recommend thin, breathable shirts as it can be hot and humid during the afternoons)
- A warm sweatshirt / fleece (it can get cool at night, esp. during winter) this will come in use for early drives
- Rain jacket (light weight, water resistant for sudden, unexpected showers especially during summer)
- Gym / sportswear (for hiking / outdoor activities)
- Under garments, socks
- Bathing suits
- Pants (light pants are best for outdoor activities)
- One pair of flip flops / sandals / water shoes
- One comfortable pair of closed-toed shoes (these are for bush walks and may get dirty)
Bath / Personal:
- Personal medication
- Glasses / contacts / contact solution
- Personal toiletries
- Bug spray
- Books and/or magazines
- Cameras, binoculars and recording gadgets to keep a record of the many wildlife sightings
- Watch or small alarm clock
- Flashlight/headlamp (optional as there will be torches provided at the accommodations)
- Light day bag or pack (small backpack is ideal)
- Sunglasses, particularly if you’re sensitive to sunlight
- Personal snacks that you may need or crave (such as granola bars or power bars).
- If you have a hobby; ie., sports or art, please teach and share this with the kids for our visit to Seeds of Light
- old clothes (hats, scarves, gloves greatly appreciated)
- educational games like flash cards
- stationary & small gifts from home for the community visit
- A traveler donated a Polaroid camera for the children at Seeds of Light, please bring Fujifilm INSTAX Mini Instant Film to replenish their stock!
- Note: we will be playing some games/educational activities with children aged 5-18 with the bulk being 10-12. If there is if anything in particular you would like to do with the kids and it requires specific supplies feel free to bring them. These can range from arts and crafts, educational activities on conservation, geography, use of resources, other cultures, sporting activities, etc. (There are about 50 children, but these will be broken down into groups of 10 whom you will work with).
Discover Corps Provides:
- Linens / blankets
*We advise that you should bring enough lightweight clothes to avoid having to do laundry during the trip. However, laundry is available during the trip.
*Electrical outlets in South Africa are 3-prong with round pins. Please note: Many universal adapters do not include 3 round pins. This specific adapter for South Africa are commonly sold separately. Please double check with type of adapter you have. Voltage is 220 volts. You will need an adapter if coming from the U.S.
*You will have access to an ATM at the beginning of the trip. Please be advised that the accommodations only accept cash for the bar bills (ie- any extra drinks or snacks). There will be no ATM once in the bush.