Located in a private concession within the Kruger National Park, this unique lodge boasts a breath-taking blend of ethnic luxury, encompassing both warmth and style. Offering luxury air-conditioned suites with private game viewing decks. Centred around a sunken fire pit, and circular timber decks which offer views of the waterhole and surrounding plains.
Hoyo Hoyo is an experience many dream of, but what do you pack?
The secret to packing for your safari at Hoyo Hoyo is quite simple – Less is more! By packing light, it will save you many headaches. You do not have to go crazy buying a camouflaged kit – in fact, you don’t even need specialist equipment. The rule of thumb is to pack comfortable, lightweight clothes that can be layered (layering your clothing will keep you warmer than relying on one thick item) and avoid bright colours. The best colours are Autumn hues – beiges, browns, greens etc. White is not a suitable colour for a safari – it increases your visibility to the animals you want to get a closer look at, and it will get dirty very quickly.
A fleece or sweater and a light windbreaker for game drives are essential. You may go out on a hot day but faced with a chilly evening on your return to the lodge – some destinations have a steep temperature gradient, i.e. sweltering days and very cool nights.
Winter in the Bush (April to October) can be quite cold during your morning and evening game drives – it is advisable to pack a warm fleece, gloves, beanie and scarf.
If you are flying into your safari destination, you must pack your luggage in a soft-sided tote or duffel bag. You should also bring a day pack to carry any essentials you might need whilst on game drives. The luggage limit for flights are 20kg per person, total – hand plus check)
Suppose you are self-driving to your safari destination with a car rental, you do not need to worry about luggage restrictions or specifications – but do remember to bring a day pack to carry essentials.
Johannesburg International Airport does have luggage storage facilities, which your Extraordinary travel consultant will be happy to assist you in booking this.
General Packing List
- Passport, visas, vaccination certificate, airline tickets, credit card & money
- Day pack or small carry on bag
- Camera equipment and Binoculars
- Sun Hat
- Anti-malaria medication – if required
- Prescription medicines
- Small kit for your personal use or first aid supplies. Your own experience and preferences will influence your choice.
- Insect Repellent
- Sunscreen & unscented moisturising lotion
- Lip balm
- Small flashlight/torch
- Photocopy of airline tickets and passports
Clothing suggestion for a 3 – 5 night safari stay
- 2 pairs khaki cotton pants – not jeans as these are pretty hot
- 2 pairs of shorts
- 2 long-sleeved shirts
- 2 Casual Dresses for dinner (Ladies)
- 1 Pair of Sandals (Ladies for Dinner)
- 1 light sweater or sweatshirt
- 1 lightweight. Waterproof windbreaker
- 1 or 2 pairs of sturdy walking or hiking boots or running shoes
- 1 pair of flip flops
- 3 to 5 short-sleeve sleeved shirts or t-shirts
- Underwear and socks
- Hat with a brim – to protect face and neck
- Personal toiletries – although most lodges do supply these, like shampoo, shower gel, hand lotion
- Swimming Costume – your lodge or camp will most likely have a pool area for a dip during the heat of the day. Hoyo Hoyo has a spectacular pool to take a dip while still being surrounded by nature.
There you have it – when you are on safari, the best advice is to choose comfort above everything else. Comfort does not have to be frumpy – a cute safari style is easily achieved with comfortable layers that will keep you warm on early morning game drives and cool during hot afternoons.
Happy packing! We look forward to seeing you soon at Hoyo Hoyo Safari Lodge!