What to Pack (exercised at discretion of participants)

Key items to remember when packing for your Wildlife Conservation trip:

  • Warm sleeping bag for camping as well as a small rucksack (for during the day)

  • Still camera/hand camcorder

  • Old neutral (khaki, brown, green) clothing that you don’t mind getting dirty 

  • Multi-tool knife

  • Sunscreen, hat and sunglasses are a must throughout the year

  • Alarm clock, books and games

  • Torch

  • Insect repellent (can buy here)

  • Gum boots (can buy here)

  • Work gloves

  • Binoculars

  • Water bottle

  • Well worn-in boots for field work

  • We carry a full equipped first aid kit, but for personal use we recommend you pack a first aid kit containing the following:

Anti-diarrheal meds, anti-inflammatory meds, anti-histamines, paracetomol /aspirin, anti-bacterial ointment, bandages, plasters and tweezers

NB - there is a possibility of clothes being damaged and/or stained while working on the reserve.  Please bear this in mind when packing your work clothes. All work clothes must be of suitable colour for working in the bush - NO BRIGHTLY COLOURED CLOTHING MUST BE WORN WHILST ON THE RESERVE.

Keep in mind our seasonal weather changes when packing for your trip...

  • Winter months (May – September)
    Average day temperature during winter is 15 degrees Celsius nights can drop to -4 degrees Celsius in June July and August. Pack warm clothing like jackets, scarves, gloves, beanies as well as full rain gear as winter is our rainy season.

  • Summer months (October – April)
    The average day temperature during summer is 30 degrees Celsius (January, February and March can reach up to 40 degrees Celsius). Pack cool clothing, hats, shorts, swimwear, sun block, swimming towel and flip flops.

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