One of the greatest nature reserves in Africa is, without a doubt, the Kruger National Park in South Africa. Home to the legendary Big Five and many other species of animals and plant life, the Kruger is a world-class safari destination. Kruger National Park game drives are an experience not to be missed.
Essential Items to Pack for Kruger National Park Game Drives
To get ready for Kruger National Park game drives, there are a few essentials to pack to make the most of your safari experience.
First Aid KitWhen you go on safari, it’s exciting to get up close to the natural world. However, since you are in a remote area, basic medical supplies may not always be on hand. In order to be ready for anything that may arise, we advise that you bring a small first aid kit with you that contains necessities like painkillers, plasters, nausea and stomach relief tablets, as well as an anti-histamine cream.
As you will be immersing yourself in nature, expect to see insects. Apply a bug repellent before heading out on safari. Pack additional insect repellent if any portion of your safari takes place before or after dawn, since mosquitoes prefer to emerge during these times.
Because the Kruger National Park is a malaria risk area, mosquito repellent alone won’t be sufficient. Be sure to also start taking the appropriate malaria tablets before leaving for your trip.
Map BookA map book is essential for navigating your way through the park during self-drives. But it is also highly recommended for guided tours to give you a better sense of your environment and any special stops to look out for. A map book can be purchased at the curio shop at the Kruger Gate Hotel.
There are a few useful considerations when you put together your ideal game drive attire. First, stay away from bold colours. The ideal colours to wear are neutral earth tones like brown, tan, or green, since they will help you blend in with the environment. In dry, dusty environments, white clothing will quickly show dirt, so it’s best to avoid wearing white. Clothing that is comfy and free flowing is recommended.
Dress appropriately for the season and environment as well. For instance, if you’re embarking on an early morning game drive, you should dress in layers. A thick jacket is a must since the weather is often warm during the day and chilly at night. We advise you to bring some lightweight rain clothes to keep you dry during the rainy season.
Sunglasses and SunscreenInternational visitors to Kruger may not be accustomed to the African sun. Even in the winter, there are many sunny days in South Africa, so be sure to protect your skin since the sun may be quite severe. If you don’t use sunscreen before a multi day safari, you’ll become sunburned. Bring a wide-brimmed hat, high-SPF sunscreen, and sunglasses. If you don’t bring them, you’ll regret it.
A good pair of sneakers or hiking boots can help you make the most of your safari experience, whether you’re on a wildlife drive or a walking safari. However, for the most part, you won’t need hiking boots on a game drive, as you’ll spend most of your time in the vehicle. But, you will still need to wear comfortable shoes that can handle the terrain. Pack comfy shoes and breathable socks. As the days become hotter, your feet need to breathe.
Camera and Binoculars
You definitely need to bring a camera in order to record those breath-taking moments during Kruger National Park game drives at the Kruger Gate Hotel. A camera with a wide angle is best, but you can also use your smartphone. You may also want to pack binoculars. But travelling light provides a better experience. It is advisable to bring a lightweight pair of binoculars since larger ones might be inconvenient to carry.
How to Book a Game Drive
With these items packed, you’re ready for the trip of a lifetime! Game drives can be booked at the Safari Desk at the Kruger Gate Hotel, or visit the website to see our price list and book a game drive online. For a truly immersive game drive experience, we recommend booking a full day safari, while the three hour game drive is a perfect introduction for newcomers.
If you’re wondering what animals you may be able to spot during your game drive besides the Big Five, read our blog article “5 Rare Animals You Can See in the Kruger National Park”