WHAT PREPARATIONS SHOULD YOU MAKE WHEN GOING
ON SAFARI WITH MABULA PRO SAFARIS?
...a lot of research, careful planning and
preparations go into making the most of your
coming safari - not only because time is always
limited, but mostly because you need to focus on
enjoying your time with us!
START WITH THE BASICS! THERE’S ALWAYS SOMETHING
...you face a bewildering variety of options and no
doubt your friends and family have their ideas
about what should happen and what you should
take on a first trip to Africa. Good preparation will
go a long way towards making your dream safari
South Africa’s Weather
Useful link: www.weathersa.ca.za
South Africa is famous for its sunshine. It's a
relatively dry country, with an average annual
rainfall of about 464mm. The country is generally a
summer-rainfall region, with the western Cape
being a winter rainfall area.
On the interior plateau, the altitude –
Johannesburg lies at 1 694 metres – keeps the
average summer temperatures below 30°C. In
winter, for the same reason, night- time
temperatures can drop to freezing point, and lower
in some places.
Winter in South Africa – from May to July – is
characterised in the higher-lying areas of the
interior plateau by dry, sunny, crisp days and cold
nights, sometimes with heavy frosts. It's a good
idea to bring warm clothes.
Autumn in South Africa is from mid-February to
April. It offers the best weather in some respects.
Very little rain falls over the whole country, and it is
warm but not too hot, getting colder as the season
Summer in South Africa lasts from mid-October
to mid- February, is characterised by hot, sunny
weather – often with afternoon thunderstorms that
clear quickly, leaving a warm, earthy, uniquely
African smell in the air.
Typical interior plateau temperatures,
Johannesburg : Winter 68/40F and Summer
Typical coastal temperatures, Cape Town :
Winter 65/45F and Summer 80/60F
Things to bring
Suitable headwear for sun protection preferably in
Comfortable shoes for bush wear, serious hunters
and hikers should consider ankle boots.
Suitable clothing and underwear for summer and
For summer, light comfortable clothing preferably
in natural colors.
For winter warmer clothing is advisable, because
our weather can be really unpredictable.
Remember to bring binoculars, camera and video
equipment to capture the beauty you will witness,
in the evening a flash light could be handy as well
as a pocketknife. Gloves. Batteries.
Sun protection creams
Any eyewear you might need plus extra pair .
Small magnifying glass (in case you lose / break
Various size 4 mil Zip Lock bags, rubber bands,
safety pins, electrical tie straps and a couple of 39
gal. trash bags (I put my luggage in a trash bag to
keep out bull dust and spilled diesel fuel on one
trip.) Roll of nylon strapping tape (not silver duct
tape) which will fix nearly anything.
Lens cleaner fluid and tissues for various optical
lenses. Screwdrivers & wrenches necessary for
screws on your firearms and scopes.
Bug spray with Deet. Leather gloves and full brim
hat (not a baseball cap). 3 pairs of everything...
long pants, long sleeve shirts, long socks,
underwear etc. Laundry is done every day in
camp. You can always cut off legs and sleeves.
Two of broken-in footwear and extra laces. Down
jacket. bandannas. Rain poncho. Sweaters.
Take lot sphotos (of everything ) in case your
trophies do not make it back. The photos are
some of you best memories in later years and
may be all you have. I kept a diary, which I wrote
up each night. Animals seen and shot, birds,
camp life, names and addresses of people met,
etc. The diary and photos of my trip are as
important years later as the trophies that now
hang on my wall.
Make photocopies of your passport; shot record
book and prescriptions in case you lose them.
Keep separate from the rest of your luggage. Life
will be much easier when you show up at our
embassy to get new passports etc. You will need
a CITES permit to get your cats and elephant
home. Take care of that before you go.
Tipping: I base tips on 5% to 10% of the daily
rate. I leave camp staff a good tip but after
consulting with PH. Staff may want tips in local
Register with the U.S. State Department
Go to: http://www.travel.state.gov and click
'International Travel'. Then hit 'registration with
embassies' from the menu on the left side of the
By providing contacts, your itinerary, passport
number and other information, you offer the
embassy one simple means of tracking your
whereabouts. If you give permission they will also
release information to relatives and friends that
inquire about you. Simply another precaution to
take in these sometimes turbulent travel times.
Proper healthcare is never far away but care
should be taken to have the necessary
Ask your doctor for a strong antibiotic
(Cephalexin), and the latest 'stuff' for Malaria.
NEVER GIVE YOUR MALARIA MEDICINE
AWAY! TAKE IT ALL. Start taking malaria
medicine before you leave home. Should you fall
ill with flu like symptoms - make sure you are
tested for malaria .
Malaria medication should be started ahead of
time, (please consult your physician or
pharmacist). Carry in your hand luggage.
Northern Province, Kwa-Zulu Natal and
Mpumalanga in South Africa, Zambia and
Zimbabwe are susceptible to malaria. Insect
repellants in these areas are advisable.
If you use chronic medication, have sufficient
medication dispensed to last the trip and carry it
in your hand luggage.
Some useful medications to check with your
phramacist: Benadryl tablets and cream. Zinc
Ointment. Aspirin. Drixoral . Aleve or bad necks,
back pain etc. Q Vel (for muscle cramps).
Surfak (stool softener ). Imodium AD (anti
diarrhea). Your preferred heartburn & indigestion
Wash & Dry Moist Towelettes .
Spenco Blister Gel Kit. Foot powder. Corn
cushions . (If you can not walk you can not hunt.)
Ace bandage. Q tips. Tweezers. Kleenex tissue
packs. Sunscreen. Bactine Hydrocortisone.
Mentholatum. Eyewash, Band-Aids (all sizes &
shapes), eye patches, Iodine & Iodine swabs ,
Ambesol (toothache), nasal spray, cough drops
(no noise in the leopard blind), Unscented liquid
soap for body, hair & clothing if required.
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