Suggested Packing List

This is by no means a compulsory list of things you should pack as each individual travels differently however it will give you an idea on what to bring during your stay.

The amount you bring will also vary person to person but you should pack being aware that much of the work we do will get you dirty. Washing machines are available to do laundry. We have access to stores carrying toiletries, etc but if you require these you will have to let us know as soon as possible as we may not be travelling near one during opening hours in your first few days if our programme requires travelling long distances.

This list is designed to cover all of our programmes.

Basic Clothing
  • You will be provided with one Safari4u t-shirt on arrival.
  • Underwear
  • Socks
  • Shorts
  • Long trousers (it can get cold but we also recommend working in long pants in thorny scrub/ long grass during game captures)
  • T-shirts you don’t mind getting dirty
  • An outfit for weekends (casual bar/ pub attire)
  • A hoodie/ sweater
  • A cold weather jacket (some regions we work in fall to single figures at night in summer and can be below freezing (0°C or 32°F) in winter)
  • Rain jacket
  • Swimming costume
  • Covered shoes for use on game farms (sneakers, hiking boots, etc)
  • Shoes for weekends (sandals, flip flops, etc)
  • Soap
  • Shampoo/ Conditioner
  • Toothbrush
  • Toothpaste
  • Brush
  • Sunscreen
  • Insect repellent
  • Any personal medication
  • Washing powder/ laundry detergent
Other Items
  • A full change of clothes in your carry on luggage (we unfortunately have a high incident of luggage being delayed between Johannesburg and East London). These clothes should be appropriate for working with animals.
  • Bath towel
  • A small day pack (for day activities and overnight stays)
  • Sunglasses
  • Water bottle
  • Hat
  • A device with an alarm (phone, watch, etc)
  • Torch or headlight
  • Batteries and chargers for phones/ cameras/ etc
  • International electrical item converter (South Africa uses 2 types of plugs. It is preferred to get the 3 plug converter but you can buy another adapter to convert the 2 plug whilst you’re here.)
  • Please convert any cash money in Johannesburg Airport prior to arriving in East London. The only location for currency exchange is not in a location we frequent during our programme however ATMs are easily accessed so you can draw cash or use your card as needed.
  • If you want to buy a sim card for your stay here, please also do this in Johannesburg Airport if your transfer allows as you will have a much more simplified process in terms of signing for RICA. You will require your passport for this process.
  • There is wifi available at the accommodation but be aware, as this is Africa, it can go down without reason on occasion.
Optional Items
  • Sleeping bag
  • Camera
  • Gumboots/ farm work boots
Optional Items Specific To The Vet Student Programme
  • Stethescope
  • Thermometer
  • Binoculars
  • Scrubs
Optional Items Specific To The Game Capture Program
  • Work Gloves (for handling ropes and wires)
  • Binoculars