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What to pack

WWhen thinking about what to pack for your South African adventure, it all really depends on the purpose of your visit. Are you going on a business trip? Are you heading on safari? Maybe you want to tour the length and breadth of this beautiful country.

Ideally, you want to pack light to avoid paying a heavy amount for your luggage at the airport. The trick is to pack only the essentials – camera kit, a good pair of lightweight binoculars, adaptor plugs, toiletries including insect repellent and sunblock. If you have some medication or prescriptions, you’d want to pack those as well. A warm, waterproof jacket is essential all year round.

To document your experiences and adventures, you can pack a notebook or journal in your luggage, or these days that means a laptop. If you’re going on a safari, then it’s wise to pack khaki clothing, especially if you are planning to participate in outdoor activities.

Whatever your plans, it’s best to prepare for them accordingly. And remember only you are responsible for the contents of your suitcase.

South Africa on social media

Today we launch #BakkieStories, following a trio of UK celebrities on the ultimate South African road trip! 🇿🇦 Join us as we take TV presenter @mayajama, Instagram sensation @aliceliveing and travel blogger @saunderscb on an unbelievable 10 day journey through South Africa from Johannesburg to Cape Town. Follow the hashtag #BakkieStories or visit our website (link in our profile) to learn more.

Jo’Burg in 60 seconds! Check out today’s Instagram Stories to see the full video. 🇿🇦👍🏼 #MeetSouthAfrica #Johannesburg

"No password, no entry." Xena takes her job of park keeper very seriously! 😉 This pride of lions was spotted at Kruger National park by photographer @leo.bodgies. #WowSouthAfrica

We are in South Africa with @mayajama @aliceliveing and @saunderscb for an epic road trip! 🇿🇦 Tune in next week as we drive from Johannesburg to Cape Town. 🇿🇦 There’ll be some awesome food and wine, some crazy extreme bungee stuff, some surfing, and lots and lots of sharks!! And we’re doing it all in a bakkie, (which is what the locals call a pick-up truck.) Come and meet South Africa with us, and check out our #BakkieStories!

A weekend coffee from Cape Town's Counter Culture cafe. ☕️ (P.S. Ask for 'The Swan' for some impressive latte art!)

Road trip lovers will enjoy the legendary and notoriously hair-raising Sani Pass. Located in South Africa's Kwa Zulu-Natal province, the pass climbs to an altitude of 2,876m above sea level! Best tackled in 4x4's the views from this altitude are nothing less than awe-inspiring! 💚 Photo by @thelawry.

Mastering the art of the new trunk is harder than it looks! 🐘 #WowSouthAfrica Video by @rosscouperphoto.

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