Venturing into the unknown is always exciting!  
Here is a list that will help guide you: 

Make sure you have everything you require for entry into the country and to ensure a safe and comfortable stay in Southern Africa.

  • Air tickets and insurance
  • Visa and passport (must be valid for a minimum of 6 months after departure from South Africa – also make sure you have enough blank pages)
  • Due to stricter Immigration and Visa Laws, having a police clearance from your local town is advisable if needing to extend one’s visa while in South Africa
  • Originals and copies of all documentation
  • Enquire with your local health authority regarding vaccinations dependent on where you are travelling to
  • We are do venture into malaria areas! Please consult your Physician before arrival on which prophylaxis to use
  • Cash/credit card/travellers' cheques
  • Mobile phone (sim cards are cheap in Southern Africa just make sure your phone is not sim locked)
  • Essential personal items and optional extras (camera, laptop etc)
  • Rather buy an adapter for powerpoints here
  • Contact details for next of kin

Below are links to Wikipedia on the 3 countries we visit;






The weather on the Garden Route in South Africa is not the hot dusty savannah or tropical heat you many expect, although mountain winds can be dry and warm even in mid winter. The weather is as variable as the topography itself and winter clothes can be worn in summer and vice-versa. During the winter rainfall months (mid-winter being around August), it can drop to below 0° Celsius in the evening with 15° to 21° during the day. All year round the evenings are often quite chilly, the summer months are hot and sunny, although summer rainfall can be quite high bringing cooler temperatures.

South Africa is a land of Colours and contrasts climatically, geophysically and politically.

  1. Transport and fuel.
  2. Shared tented accommodation with communal ablutions.
  3. All meals, water and juices at camp /base.
  4. Transport whilst working on projects.
  5. All camping equipment.
  6. Cutlery and crockery.
  7. Driver / Guide.
  8. Inverter power supply.
  9. Airfare from Maun Botswana to OR Tambo RSA or vice verse for the 15 week Life Skills programmes.
  1. Originating Air travel arrangements and any medical or personal insurance.
  2. Personals of any nature, toiletries, curios etc.
  3. Sleeping bags.
  4. Telephone charges.
  5. Any meals outside of the itinerary, except where stated.
  6. Any additional excursions outside of our programmes or related projects.
  7. Personal alcoholic and soft drinks.
  8. Entry fees at any tourist attraction/adventure activity not associated with our itinerary/programme.

All Southern African Development Countries that we visit that being South Africa, Namibia and Botswana afford tourists a 3-month entry visa! which is what you ask for on arrival in each country.

Very simple and easy!


  1. A soft barrel bag or a hiking bag without a solid frame is preferable to a suitcase.
  2. A decent sleeping bag is essential.
  3. Toiletries and personal medication.
  4. Waterproof jacket and a warm winter jacket.
  5. Hiking boots and trainers and 5 pairs of socks.
  6. At least:
    • three pairs of jeans or long trousers
    • three pairs of shorts
    • t-shirts or vest tops
    • long sleeve or warm tops
  7. Sandals / crocs.
  8. Sunglasses and a hat.
  9. Swimwear.
  10. Camera.
  11. Adaptors for any electrical equipment, such as mobile telephones, laptops, digital cameras (South Africa has a 220-volt system)
  12. Torch! VIP...

Prescription drugs may go under different brand names in South Africa; if you are on medication of any kind, please make sure you bring the packet with you so a doctor can easily identify a similar or generic product.

  • If you have access to any learning materials e.g. books, pencils etc. donations are always appreciated.
  • Soccer balls are always a hit.
  • Sometimes just buying local goods and produce suffices.
  • South Africa stocks much of the same produce you use at home, so you will usually be able to find what you are looking for. Banking facilities, post and communications, shopping malls are located nearby.
  • You will also find that clothes, in particular, outdoor or camping equipment will be much cheaper here, so it is advisable to bring the money with you and buy what you need when you arrive.
  • Assist in the development of Southern Africa and know that any purchases you make will benefit Africans.