Hi having never been to South Africa, what are the essential items to not forget. Having done a few ranch holidays in Montana I just want to make sure I am all prepared!
The country has been experiencing extreme heat at the moment so just make sure to bring lots of good sun protection cream and a sunhat. The African sun is notoriously treacherous!
Luckily, there is no malaria in the part of the country you're visiting but there are mosquitoes and they do bite so it would be a good idea to bring insect repellant sticks to apply when you're outdoors at dusk and at night. Their bites, although innocuous, are irritatingly itchy!
Crime is also a problem so stick to the beaten track - unless with a guide, and take care with your valuables.
Have a fantastic stay!
Just to add to the great answers above all of which I heartily agree I always take loads of moisturiser. Even my children plaster it on particularly lip salve. And one other thought although there are UK plug adapters in the rooms we take extra.
You will have a wonderful time so enjoy!
Hi Catherine, ensure someone picks you up from airport. If hiring car, pick up from within airport. Lock your suitcase (special security locks that airport security all over world can open if necessary) - Nomad sell them. These are just precautions advised to me. Found no other problems. Love SA! So will you!!! Best wishes, Sue
Hi Catherine! I am so excited you are going to Ant's Hill -- for us, it was truly the vacation of a lifetime. We went during the winter months, but we had unusually warm weather with only a few rare days that were chilly. Because your laundry gets done every day, you only need a couple of change outs. I have riding socks that have a half-chap sewn in, so I didn't even need to brink the real half-chaps, which saved on weight in my luggage. I brought my own helmet with a Go-Pro mount. Gloves are definitely advisable, full riding boots are not. Sunscreen always. Bug spray if you are going in spring and summer. A nail brush is handy. Wipes to clean your camera lenses. Bathing suit and shorts to wear when you swim the horses (depending on when you go). A rain coat. I also took my Ariat multi-purpose boots so I could hike in them as well as ride. The guides bring water but I like to stay super hydrated so I brought a water carrier and took my own water with me every day. The water from the tap at Ant's Hill is perfectly safe.
No need to take dressy clothes.
You will also want to be sure and pack extra meds and underwear/contact lenses etc. in your carry-on because of potential flight delays. We ended up staying 3 extra nights in various ports of call, because of delayed flights and missed connections. That had nothing to do with Ant's Hill of course.
I usually take a seat-saver on my trips but I didn't need one on this ride.
I hope you have a wonderful, glorious time, as we did!
I brought my helmet, paddock boots and half-chaps. If you don't have full boots, I would definitely recommend half-chaps. The McClellan (spell?) saddles they use have leathers that can rub on your legs if you don't have lower leg protection. I also brought breeches. If you left them in the morning, they would wash them and return them the same day. You don't need a helmet, as they have them, but I wanted my own. It was cold at night during the summer months at night, so you want to make sure to bring some warm clothing, especially night wear. I also had gloves, which were good on the cold mornings.
That time of year is heading into autumn, which isn't comparable to northern hemisphere autumn. Days are usually beautiful, sunny and t-shirt warm, evenings require a light cardigan or similar, early mornings could need a more robust jacket like a soft shell or fleece. The rainy season ( which hasn't really happened this season) is ending then, so rainfall should be minimal.
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