With its moderate temperatures, South Africa is the perfect holiday destination for lazing on the beach or viewing wildlife on a game drive. Here are some tips on what to pack, to make planning your holiday a little easier:
Summer (December– March)
During the summer months, pack clothes that are cool, lightweight and comfortable. Temperatures typically reach 30° to 40° Celsius (86° F – 104° F) in some areas. South Africans are generally casual so opt for dresses, shorts, T-shirts and light trousers.
The evenings can be cooler so do bring a light sweater or jacket along, and an umbrella for summer thunder showers if you’re staying in Johannesburg. For beach holidays pack in a swimsuit, beach towel and cover-ups like a kaftan or sarong.
Winter (June – August)
South African winters are generally mild but temperatures often dip to single digits in the mornings and at night (around 44° F). In winter, coastal cities generally receive the most rain, while inland provinces are drier and colder.
When packing for a winter trip, your gear should include long-sleeve shirts, sweaters, warm socks, a jacket and raincoat. Scarves and woollen beanies will also come in handy.
You’ll most likely to do a lot of walking when you’re in South Africa, so sturdy walking shoes are essential. Pack in flip flops and sandals for sunny days, and a pair of heels or brogues for a night out.
In South Africa, most upmarket nightclubs have a strict policy when it comes to footwear, meaning that no flip flops or sneakers are allowed.
Hats and Sunglasses
Hats and sunglasses are a must to keep the sun off your face and protect your eyes from harmful UV rays. They also make a stylish accompaniment to your outfit.
Other clothing tips
If you plan on dining at an upmarket restaurant or going to see a show, semi-formal attire is acceptable. This includes a dress shirt (ties are optional), blazer, and jeans or trousers for men, while a cocktail dress or smart separates are ideal for women.
If you’re going on safari, aim for neutral colours, a wide-brimmed hat and a light jacket for those early morning bush walks.