What To Pack For A Kruger Park Safari

August 2, 2017   /   bynatalie  / Categories :  Travel, Uncategorized
What To Pack For A Kruger Park Safari

This post is dedicated to the many cute girls who have travelled to South Africa with no idea what to pack for a safari and found themselves in the middle of Cape Town dressed in utility wear, while their closet full of stylish clothes stayed home. I’ve met more than a few visitors who felt like total “tourists” dressed in head-to-toe khaki while the South Africans on the safari looked cute in jeans and casually chick bush looks. Here’s the girl’s guide on what to pack for a Kruger Park Safari.

what to wear for a kruger park safari

Spotting animals from the back of a safari doesn’t require full camo gear. Read my guide to see how you can be practical but cute with your safari wardrobe

What To Pack For A Kruger Park Safari

What you pack for your Kruger Park safari is going to depend largely on the time of year you visit.  Make sure you pack light, cool items for summer (September – April) and heavier items for winter (May-August). In summer, the days are very hot (up to 45°C/113°F) with frequent thunder showers in the afternoon. In winter, the mornings and evenings are very cold (as low as 0°C/30°F) but the middle of the day can be hot enough to swim. The key for winter is to layer up so that you can peel off when the day hits its peak temperature.

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You don’t want to be the only one on safari dressed in bright colours either – imagine being the one to grab this guy’s attention

While you don’t need to max out your credit card on khaki outfits, it’s advisable to wear neutral colours. You don’t want to be dressed in bright colours, scaring the animals or attracting their attention. So stick to shades of brown, grey and denim. Bear in mind that whatever you shop for can be bought from any major clothing store and doesn’t need to be from a speciality store. With this packing guide, you’ll look as good shopping at the V&A Waterfront as you will on the back of a safari truck.

kruger park safari outfit packing guide

You know what they say…let sleeping lions lie spooning (they say that, right?)

Kruger Park Safari Packing Guide

The Girl's Guide to packing for a safari in the Kruger Park

  • Tank top
  • T-shirt
  • Long sleeve vest
  • Flannel shirt
  • Denim
  • Light knitwear/Jumper
  • Hoodie/Sweatshirt
  • Shorts
  • Leggings
  • Jeans
  • Jeggings
  • Body warmer
  • Thermoball/Feather down jacket
  • Weatherproof jacket
  • Hat
  • Beanie/Knit hat
  • Scarf
  • Leather boots
  • Sandals
  • Sneakers
  • Swimsuit

What To Wear On A Kruger Park Safari

If you’re going to be staying at a safari lodge, you’ll most likely wake up early for a pre-dawn game drive, get back to the lodge for breakfast, relax or join a walking safari until lunch, chill out, nap or swim until tea time (3:30 pm), head out for your afternoon game drive and be back in time for dinner. If you have no idea how to dress for these various activities, here’s a handy guide to help you plan. You’ll want to layer up in the morning, but be prepared to want to rip your warm items off by around 10:30 am when it starts to heat up.

Kruger Park Safari Packing List

By lunch time, you won’t need your thick jacket, even in winter

Kruger Park Safari Outfit Guide

Morning Game Drive

What to wear on safari in the Kruger Park

Sweatpants, sneakers, a hoodie, warm jacket, scarf and beanie for a sunrise drive up to this beautiful view point at The Outpost Lodge in Northern Kruger

  • Tank top or T-shirt
  • Hoodie/Sweater
  • Leggings
  • Thick socks
  • Boots
  • Thermoball/Feather down jacket
  • Beanie/Knit hat
  • Scarf

During the day/Downtime at the lodge/Walking safari

Kruger Park Safari Packing List

A dusty pink light knit sweater with high waisted grey trousers and sneakers for lounging around at the lodge – it could work for a walking safari too, if you don’t mind your sneakers getting dusty

  • T-shirt with an open flannel shirt over it or Light knit/Jumper
  • Body warmer
  • Jeans, Jeggings or Shorts
  • Boots or Sneakers
  • Hat
  • Scarf (to protect your neck from the sun)

Afternoon Game Drive

What To Pack For A Kruger Park Safari

High waisted bottle green trousers, black and white flannel shirt, black thermoball jacket and tan leather boots are totally appropriate for an afternoon game drive

  • Light knit/Jumper
  • Jeans or Jeggings
  • Thick socks
  • Boots or sneakers
  • Scarf
  • Weatherproof jacket or Thermoball/Feather down jacket


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Skinny jeans, a black sweater, knit poncho, felt hat and tan leather boots for a sunset game drive – this outfit can easily go from game drive to dinner

  • Denim shirt or Light knit/Jumper
  • Jeans or Jeggings
  • Sandals or Boots
  • Warm jacket
what to wear on safari in the kruger park south africa

Dinner time around the fire in the Jock Safari boma isn’t cold if you’re dressed warmly

And here’s what you don’t need to pack…

What Not To Pack For A Kruger Park Safari

  • High heels
  • Bug-repellent clothing
  • Anything you wouldn’t want to get dust on
  • Full utility gear/fatigues
  • Anything from a safari speciality store

I hope you find my guide to what to pack for a Kruger Park Safari and what to wear on a Kruger Park Safari useful! Let me know in the comments if there’s anything you wished you’d packed for your safari, or anything you packed that you really didn’t need!


  • Reply

    Elizma / 02 Aug

    Love this post Natalie!!! Thank you. xx

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    Kat / 23 Jul

    Messawhy do you say not to pack bug repellant clothing?

    • Reply

      natalie / 31 Jul

      Hi Kat, bug repellant clothing is not necessary when visiting the Kruger. A good dose of mosquito repellant will do the trick.

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    Mindy / 18 Sep

    What time of year did you go? I am planning on going in January and just need to know what to take.

    • Reply

      natalie / 03 Oct

      Hi Mindy,

      I went during the winter months. In summer you’ll want shorts and t-shirts, with warmer items for early morning and evening. Don’t forget to take your swimsuit!

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