Sabi Sand Safari Packing List

Posted on May 29, 2019

Putting together your safari packing list can be a difficult task, given the sheer amount of information out there and the wealth of activities you’re likely to undertake while on holiday. To assist you in this endeavour, we’ve put together an easy packing list, allowing you to get yourself ready for the adventure of a lifetime.

Sun Protection

If you’ve ever visited South Africa then you’ll already know that the African sun is fierce. With temperatures of up to 35 degrees Celsius in summer, Leopard Hills Private Game Reserve is no exception. Be sure to pack sunscreen, UV protected sunglasses, hats, lip balm and light-weight long-sleeved shirts to combat to best protect your skin.

Camera & Binoculars

The South African bushveld is a photographer’s dream – so make sure to equip yourself with a suitable camera to capture the magic.

From scenic landscapes to incredible Big 5 game sightings, there will be endless experiences you won’t want to ever forget.

Binoculars are also important for optimum wildlife viewing on safari, so make sure to bring a pair of those along too and add them to your safari packing list. You don’t want to miss out on any of the game viewing!


One of the most important things to consider when packing for safari is to pack light. Local luggage limitations typically allow just one checked in bag (20kg max) and one item of hand luggage (5kg max).

While this might sound daunting, Leopard Hills, and the majority of safari lodges in South Africa, offer a complimentary laundry service – so just 4 – 5 outfits will suffice for any standard safari.

Layering is key when considering what specific clothes to pack on safari, in order to deal with the fluctuating day and night temperatures. In Sabi Sand Game Reserve, temperatures range from 20-30 degrees Celsius in spring, 25-35 degrees Celsius in summer, 19-28 degrees Celsius in autumn, and 08-25 degrees Celsius in winter.

Short-sleeved t-shirts, long-sleeved t-shirts, shorts, trousers, hats, scarfs and warm jackets are just some of the items of clothing we recommend you bring along. Neutral colours are more suitable for safari, as bright colours or white clothing stand out and could make the animals shy away.

You might also want to pack a swimsuit, if you’d like to take advantage of the private plunge pools featured at each of the Leopard Hills suites.


Comfortable walking shoes or boots are essential on safari, both for daily game drives and walking trails.

Leopard Hills offers trails flexible to each guest’s requirements. Short walks – usually 1 or 2 hours in duration – are conducted after the morning game drive, and longer walking trails can be arranged anytime of the day.

Be sure to also pack open sandals or slops, for daytime use during the warmer months of the year.

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Charging Units

While we do encourage guests to take a technological break while on safari, that’s not often realistic. As such, remember to bring along the necessary charging units for your various devices. Whether it’s your camera, cellphone, iPad or laptop charger – pop it in your suitcase along with an adaptor for the country you’ll be travelling to.

For more information on what to pack for safari, or to book your stay at Leopard Hills Private Game Reserve, simply get in touch with our reservations team on or +27 11 326 0739.

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