Travel Tips: Packing for Your Trip to Motswari Private Game Reserve

The hype of a vacation can at times get one so excited that we tend to forget what we need to pack; do we require vaccinations and what will the weather be like…

The great thing about coming to Timbavati and Umbabat Private Game Reserve in South Africa is that you can expect some warm weather, even during the winter days the temperatures can rise to above 25 degrees Celsius at Motswari. Packing can be trifling but a necessity none the less – ensuring you pack correctly will just enhance your stay with us.

For the Summer/Spring time of the year (September – March) one can expect warm conditions, humidity levels increase once the first summer rains occur, various small species of wildlife start to emerge from the bushes. From January, we tend to see a lot of baby mammals as most of the small antelope attempt to trigger their pregnancy period according to the rainfall, the larger mammals are only due later because of their long gestation periods. We recommend especially during the first official rainfall to pack your anti-malaria medication.

Clothing options are simple; less is more, more or less. Ensure that you pack light weight clothes that are of neutral bush colors, closed shoes for walking and a nice hat. Sunscreen is vital during the game drives as the temperatures rise quickly during the mornings and wanes only at sunset.

While some travelers enjoy the warm African bush experience, others prefer the Autumn/Winter months (April – August) as there are less foliage, the temperatures are cooler and there are fewer critters. Day time temperatures at times reach at times mild mid 20 degrees Celsius, but after dusk temperatures decreases to the low teens. Game viewing is great due to lack of surface water availability, this means the animals tend to stay in close proximity to permanent water sources. Be sure to bring warm clothes for the evenings and chilly mornings with a scarf and a beanie always a bonus to have on game drives. During drives, we do provide blankets to keep the chilly frost from you.

Your local General Practitioner will advise if you require any particular vaccinations. South Africa is however one of the countries with the least amount of troubles with regards to vaccinations in Africa.

Our Suggested Packing List:

  • Light-weight clothing
  • Swimwear
  • Warm clothing, including items such as a jacket, scarf and beanie
  • Waterproof jacket
  • Hat
  • Sunblock
  • Sunglasses
  • Insect repellent
  • Small flashlight
  • Binoculars
  • Camera

Out top three tips for packing

  1. Avoid bright colours, rather opt for khaki, green and beige
  2. Always wear comfortable clothes: Especially on long game drives and bushwalks
  3. Layer your clothes: It can get a chilly on game drives. Mornings can start off icy but as the day progresses, it can get warm very quickly. Gloves, scarves, beanies and jackets will work best.

Extra information

When your trip includes a charter flight, remember that the luggage weight limit is 20kg (44 pounds) per person.

It might seem too small but note our lodge as well as most of the hotels in South Africa, have a laundry service, so you can pack light for your safari trip.

Visit Motswari Private Game Reserve or Geiger’s Camp now!




The collection includes a number of neighbouring properties in the Victoria & Alfred Waterfront, in addition to other trendy properties spread out in Cape Town. It also includes private game reserve offerings in Mpumalanga, Timbavati and Serengeti; a historic hotel in Graaff-Reinet, located in the Eastern Cape; a chic property in the bustling Maboneng Precinct, Johannesburg as well as a beach-side lodge in Zanzibar. Newmark further continues to keep a look-out for new, suitable opportunities and developments.

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