Going on safari is a truly wonderful experience. Seeing one of the Big Five in the bush for the first time is a memory you will hold special forever. To make the most of your game drive, there are a few essentials worth remembering to pack:

1. Binoculars

Not all game viewing occurs at close range and you don’t want to miss out on a sighting because it’s too far away. Make sure you have your binoculars at the ready. Adjust them beforehand so that you don’t have to worry about resizing them during the game drive itself.

2. Warm Clothes

There’s nothing as hot as the midday African sun and the animals know this! Most game drives occur in the early mornings and evenings when the animals aren’t staying cool in the shade. These game drives often get quite chilly so make sure to have warm clothes just in case.

3. Camera

You never know when that National Geographic shot will appear so have your camera at the ready! Most smartphones these days also have fantastic cameras so if that’s your go to for photography don’t forget to have a fully charged battery and enough storage space – you’re going to want multiple shots of that baby elephant!

4. A Hat & Sunscreen

When the day does start to heat up, you don’t want to be caught off guard with no sun protection. Sunscreen (Factor 50+) should become part of your daily skincare routine down here in sunny South Africa. A hat is also a game drive essential.

5. Your Sense of Adventure

Game drives are exciting! You don’t realise how spectacular an elephant, giraffe or lion really is until you see one up close. Don’t be afraid to ask questions – your ranger will have a wealth of knowledge that they love to share. No safari is the same so go expecting the unexpected!

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