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Preparing for your trip to Abelana – What to pack


Woman standing by a safari vehicle with wild animals in the background in the African bush.
A woman in Safari Clothing stands beside a safari vehicle, taking in the stunning view of wild animals in their natural habitat.

Prepare for your adventure at Abelana Game Reserve

We get just as excited as our guests about their trips to Abelana Game Reserve. Whether a new guest or those who have stayed with us before, there is always a sense of wonder about what’s to come – because while we have our exceptional service and hospitality down to a practised art, nature’s beautiful unpredictability means that every adventure at Abelana is unique.

Here is some helpful advice on preparing for your adventure at Abelana – regardless of whether it is your first visit or you’re coming back for an encore.

Clothing: Think Neutral!

When packing your clothes, think of neutral colours like khaki, green, or brown. Bright or unnatural colours can be startling or disturbing to animals. The goal of a safari is to observe wildlife in their natural habitat, ideally without altering their behaviour. Wearing neutral colours helps you to blend into the natural environment.

Here’s a quick checklist

  • Shorts and T-shirts for the warm days.
  • A pair of long trousers and a long-sleeve shirt or two for the evenings – it can get breezy on the back of a safari vehicle in the early mornings and late afternoons.
  • Comfortable, closed walking shoes (especially crucial for bush walks and during the winter months when mornings and evenings can be chilly).
  • Sandals or flip-flops for around the poolside at the Abelana River Lodge.
  • A swimming costume, because yes, summer afternoons will call for a refreshing dip!

Pro-tip: Bright, flashy colours are a no-go; they can disrupt wildlife and make you more noticeable, which is generally not what you want on a safari. And don’t forget the most crucial item—a hat!

For Those Cooler Moments – Layer Up

If you’re joining us between May and September, you’re hitting our colder months. Make sure to pack a jacket and a jersey or fleece to keep you snug during chilly early morning game drives or evening campfires.

Essential Extras

Neatly organized safari essentials laid out for packing.
Packing for a safari adventure! All the essentials are carefully laid out and ready to be stowed in luggage.

Abelana Game Reserve is an expansive 15,000ha (36,000 acre) Big Five game reserve adjacent to the Greater Kruger National Park and the Selati Game Reserve. Though we are close to the town of Phalaborwa, it’s still quite a drive away.

The devil is in the detail (so they say). Here are some additional items you won’t want to forget:

  • A small torch with batteries or a headlamp (you never know when you’ll need it!).
  • Sunscreen to protect against Africa’s unforgiving sun.
  • Insect repellent to keep the bugs at bay.
  • Cameras and binoculars for capturing the spectacle.
  • Any personal medications you may need.
  • Your phone charger and a battery pack – you will want a fully charged mobile phone if you rely on it for taking photos!

Note: We do have a basic first aid kit on-site, but it’s always better to be prepared.

Health and Safety: The Must-Knows

Malaria Precautions

While Abelana is in a relatively low-risk malaria area, prevention is better than cure. Consult your doctor for advice on malaria medication before your trip.

Acknowledge the Risks

Abelana is a remote area, home to potentially dangerous wild animals—but that’s part of the thrill! Rest assured, all our safaris are conducted by expert guides well-versed in navigating these adventures. However, all activities are undertaken at your own risk, so travel and medical insurance are highly advised.

You’re Covered on this Front

All our guest rooms have en-suite facilities, comfortable beds, fluffy towels, and the creature comforts of home. We also make sure that nobody ever goes hungry, with sumptuous meals served three times a day, with snacks and refreshments provided on game drives.

On a lighter note, you are welcome to tip our staff for great service!

So, there you have it— your packing guide for your Abelana Game Reserve adventure.

We can’t wait to see you soon!

Haven’t Booked Yet?

For reservations and bookings contact us on 066 452 2983, pop us a mail on info@abelanagamereserve.com or fill out the contact form here. For Direct Bookings click the button below.