While I pretty much always dread the transportation part of travel, I still find that there is something magical about being able to watch a movie, take a nap, and wake up halfway around the world. This last trip to Africa was nothing short of a dream but I didn’t feel fully transported to the Africa that existed in my mind until we reached Kapama River Lodge in the Greater Kruger National park area. The entire experience was as romanticized as I hoped it would be. The accommodations were beautiful, and the food was delicious – three meals plus two tea times plus drinks/snacks in the bush during both morning and evening game drives (gotta loosen up the o’l belt).
I made sure to pack clothes that were a bit rough and tumble-y like denim and other thick cotton material. You’re not really allowed to get out of the vehicle so you don’t need to be in full on explorer gear (like most visitors over the age of 50) but your clothes will have to withstand branches and thorns from driving in the bush. I topped it all off with a raincoat ,mostly to block the early morning and late night wind when it does get a bit cold. You want to look pulled together but of course, don’t wear your nicest things out on game drives because you will get a bit dirty from all the dust and the rain which, (at least at this time of year) turns on and off like a faucet. Also, from what I heard, most lodges are pretty similar and will provide thick fleece blankets and heavy rain ponchos on the jeep just in case!