Planning a trip to South Africa

So you want to go on a safari? Hey, so don’t we! As this year starts to come to a close (yes we realize it’s only October) it has us thinking what we are saving our money for next year. Going on safari is still at the near top of our bucket list so we decided to do a little digging to see what EXACTLY we should be saving up and potentially needing for this trip.

How much money will we need? 

Flights from this part of the world (east coast) to South Africa are not exactly cheap. You will be looking at roughly $2000 a person for a flight and a hotel. If you decide to go with a safari package you will most likely be able to combine to include that in your price.  We’ve been figuring around $5000 for the two of us.

What part of South Africa should we visit?

Cape Town is pretty popular and it is what we used as a destination in our South African savings fund. There are plenty of safaris that you can go on when in Cape Town. Not to mention trips to wine country, shark cage diving, bike tours, and mountain climbing. As we write this, Cape Town is definitely going to be our destination.

When should we go?

After doing a bit of research, it seems like the summer months are a great time to visit, especially Cape Town. Which is perfect considering someone here has the whole summer off!

What should we pack?

This we really need to pay close attention too. After a slight debacle on an Alaskan cruise (we had to buy water proof pants) this fashionista is going to be ready for South Africa! So what I hear and read from fellow travelers is to pack:

  • Valid passport
  • Valid visa – if required
  • One other picture identification (e.g. driver’s licence)
  • Photocopy of passport page to carry in wallet
  • Air tickets
  • Expense money
  • Comprehensive Travel Insurance Policy

Clothing wise:

  • cotton pants
  • shorts
  • long sleeved shirts/ blouses (for sun protection as well as warmth)
  • light sweater or sweatshirt
  • lightweight, waterproof windbreaker
  • Swimsuit
  • Sturdy walking or hiking boots
  • Sandals
  • short-sleeved shirts or T-shirts
  • hat with a brim (baseball caps might cover your nose but not your ears and neck)
  • gloves (if you really feel the cold)
  • down vest or jacket (if you really feel the cold)
  • a sarong or kikoi type garment

So it looks like we’ve got the when to go, where to go, what we will need and how much it will cost. The next thing we will be doing is figuring out which safari is right for us and or day trips. There is so much that goes into planning any vacation but planning a safari seems to be even harder.

There is a lot to coordindate. Luckily for us we know plenty of travelers who have visited this region that we will be reaching out too in the coming months. Crossing this off our bucket list would be a dream come true! It’s time to start saving money pronto. We would love to hear your tips and stories from visits to South Africa in the comment section below. We can use all the help we can get!

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