I have written a few articles on safari pricing about each country we sell. But South Africa is probably the hardest one to put a finger on. However I am up for the challenge so here goes!
Why is it so hard? In a nutshell, it’s because South Africa is not just a safari destination. It offers so much interest for other traditional holiday interests. Fantastic beaches, wonderful scenery, cosmopolitan cities, mountains to climb, wine to drink and so forth.
But the safari nights are usually the most expensive nights. And so how much of your holiday is ‘’on safari’’ does drive the cost considerably. But there are many other factors at play here which differ from other safari destinations:
• There is a much wider variation in price across all the destinations and hotel standards
• The mode of travel is varied and has a big impact
Guide to Typical Nightly Holiday Costs in South Africa
As your time is short, I am giving our crib-chart below. But read on for further explanation…
How much is does a Kenya safari cost? What is the safari price in Kenya? These are some of the most searched questions when it comes to safaris.
As a safari specialist of 25 years, I find it a curious question as it is a bit like asking how much a car costs. It’s the classic how long is a piece of string question! But I do understand the need for the question. A safari is probably the most expensive form of holiday or vacation. So it is natural to check that you can afford it before really starting to dream and plan.
But as with cars, clothes and houses, there is no “one size fits all’’. So this article first looks some typical safari costs per night by season and by standard/mode of safari. And then we try to explain why. The aim is for you to be able to make an informed choice when deciding how much you would like to spend on your Kenya safari.
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. Here is the lowdown on what safari clothing to wear in summer…
Download our Insider Guide to What to Wear on Safari for the ‘full monty’ & useful packing lists…
What to wear on safari in South Africa – Summer
Given it’s the start of the Southern African Summer (November to March), let’s look at packing for summer time.
Do you have to wear safari gear?
If you google the subject of safari clothing, you invariably get pictures which suggest that everyone is dressed from head to toe in safari gear. We caution against going the whole hog. As you run the risk of advertising your tourist status if you come dressed like an extra for an Africa Geographic documentary. This is the 21st century and most of Africa dresses in the same way as most of the rest of the world.
So ditch the photographers jacket (unless you really are a top photographer with the need for all those pockets.)
Having said that, some small sartorial nod to ‘safari clothing’ will make you feel at home, without screeching “incoming tourist”
As you can see most people are wearing ‘normal clothes’ but with a greater emphasis on paler neutral or pastel colours. Dresses tip to toe in black may seem incongruous in the bush.
When on a game drive, you can wear whatever you like (within reason). The animals see the vehicle as one big animal and so you are just one component of that. But a walking safari is another matter!
What to wear on safari in South Africa – Summer Climate
Summer in South Africa is generally hot to very hot. In the northern provinces of KwaZulu Natal and Kruger, or hotter areas like the Cederberg, the day time temperatures will often be in the high 30’s (95°F and higher). So bring plenty of hot weather clothing. However 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 warmer items just in case, like a fleece or a summer cardigan.
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 want to wear it.
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If you intend to go on any sort of bush walk, then you must wear neutral or khaki colours ideally khaki, soft green, beige, soft brown but white would also be acceptable. Bright colours would not be appropriate.
What to wear on safari in South Africa – Summer packing tips
Hot weather clothes
Normal clothes for non-safari areas
Lightweight sweater just in case
Comfortable walking shoes or sandals
Long trousers & long sleeved tops for evening when on safari (to guard against 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.