One of the most frequent questions we are asked is what safari clothing should we pack, so I attempt to address this question with a blog post at the beginning of each season, as this does vary according to time of year.
What to wear on safari in South Africa – Summer
Given it’s the start of our summer (November to March), let’s look at packing for summer time.
Summer in South Africa is generally hot to very hot. In the northern provinces of KwaZulu Natal and Kruger, or hotter areas like the Cedarberg, the day time temperatures will often be in the high 30’s (95°F and higher). So bring plenty of hot weather clothing. Cape Town and the Garden Route will not be so hot and may have the occasional cool day.
The northern part of South Africa, as well as Botswana and Zambia has a summer rainfall season. This is actually very pleasant as it cools down the temperatures and generally takes the form of a late afternoon shower – welcome relief from the heat. Occasionally it can rain for 2-3 days so pack some waterproof and warmer items just in case.
To guard against mosquitoes we recommend long trousers and long sleeved tops for the evening. Obviously it is still very hot then, so try to bring light weight materials (not heavy safari shirts) as otherwise, realistically, you will not wear it.
What to wear on safari in South Africa – Summer packing tips
• Hot weather clothes
• Lightweight sweater just in case for Cape Town
• Comfortable walking shoes or sandals
• Long trousers & long sleeved tops for evening (esp for mosquitos)
• Neutral colours if you intend to do a walking safari
Click on our Insider Guide to What to Wear on Safari at the top of this page for a more comprehensive full packing list including non-clothing safari essentials.