What to Wear on Safari

We recommend packing light, wearing khaki & neutral tones  
  • Khaki and neutral tones allow us to blend in with the landscape. They’re easy to mix and match (so we pack less) and if we get dusty it doesn’t show
  • Khaki/beige shorts and shirts are also deal as they are least likely to attract the animal’s attention … and least likely to need washing.
  • We suggest comfortable clothes that are cool, but that can be layered to keep us warm in the evening or for early morning wildlife viewing. Light weight shirts and fleece pullovers are ideal. Zip off pants that turn into shorts take up less space.
  • Pack light for your trip; laundry is complimentary at most safari lodges and camps.
  • Do not bring camouflage clothing as it is not considered a fashion statement in Africa… camo might draw unwanted attention at airports or border crossings.
  • Packing with layers in mind is important. To layer while also packing light, use clothing items made with lightweight, quick-dry, versatile fabrics. They are worth the investment!
  • If you’re spending time in a large city, you might pack one “smart casual” outfit.
  • In respecting the local cultures, it is recommended that women wear a skirt or shorts that cover their knees when visiting local people in the rural area.


Check out our super handy Safari Packing Checklist!


Cederberg Hiking – the Real Deal

By Dominic Chadbon

High peaks, sun-baked ravines and wind-swept plateaus – the Cederberg mountains deliver some of the most dramatic hiking in South Africa. But its trump card is its accessibility. This kind of big-mountain hiking isn’t something you fly across remote glaciers for; the Cederberg sits an easy three-hour drive from Cape Town. Leave the city before lunch and you’ll be sitting down for supper surrounded by silent mountains.

23113176333_6df9cde938_m copyGlobal Sojourns founder Priscilla Macy wanted to put it to the test. Together with friends Jean Tucker and Stef Veldhuis, they engaged professional guide Dominic Chadbon – aka The Fynbos Guy – to show them the way.

First, there was high ground to get to. Leaving the vehicle at Algeria, the oddly-named but ever-friendly Cape Nature camp site, the group stepped out of the shade and into the sun. It was an instant reminder of the golden rule of Cederberg hiking: Prepare for Everything.

It was so hot you could see the warmth steaming off the rocks. The temperature was 35°C/95°F and the heat-addled cicadas added a shrill edge. We were ready for it but there were also feather-down clothing and thick sleeping bags in our packs. We were also carrying rain jackets and waterproof pants. It was December – early summer – but in the Cederberg you need the Full Monty.

Our first night was spent under oak trees next to Middelburg hut. There are several of these rough-and-ready mountain huts scattered throughout the Cederberg. Lined with dry straw they make an ideal refuge in bad weather and their location near water means a hike is best planned around them. We used a combination of lightweight tents, huts and plain-old sleeping under the stars – the weather usually has the last say. [Read more…]

Tips for traveling as a multi-generational family

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The Lucas Family

“Thank you, thank you, thank you. The experience was all we had hoped for. Awesome, as our grand kids kept telling s. The camps and lodges you recommended were just the right fit and the right mix. 

Both sets of camp managers were accommodating and flexible. They arranged for soccer games with the staff and set up a visit to a nearby village. Everyone was warm and friendly. The wildlife and landscapes were spectacular.

All in all, it was just the kind of experience and exposure that Midge and I were hoping for. Thanks again for making it all happen.”  Larry and Midge Lucas (Tanzania, June 2014)

This past June, Pete and Midge Lucas took their entire family on a safari vacation to Tanzania. Stops included Tarangire National Park, Lake Manyara, Ngorongoro Crater, and the Serengeti, where the family witnessed an actual crossing (You can’t plan that!).

Pete and Midge shared their thoughts on what made traveling as a multi-generational family a success:

  • Everyone had a sense of adventure & was healthy
  • Waiting until the grandkids were old enough to appreciate going on safari
  • Picking a time of year that didn’t conflict with school
  • Giving adults enough lead time to make vacation arrangements with work
  • Planning early (at least a year in advance)
  • Choosing camps that fit the entire family; in some places, they were the only guests
  • Remembering that this was also a vacation for each family unit. They appreciated that we chose camps where they had total flexibility to divide up and do different activities individually, i.e. bush walking, game drives, sleeping in, playing soccer, local visits
  • Rooming all the kids together


Interested in a multi-generational trip? Contact us!

Magical Elephant Experience on the Chobe River

Imagine these massive, proud elephants (the old and their babies) humbled by an inescapable daily need for tons of food; and a deep, crocodile infested river between them and their food source. Add to this the loving nature of them crossing, single file, together, with large bulls in front and submerged calves in back with only their trunks showing above the water. Finally, paint the picture with elephant greys, dark blue water/sky, snow-white clouds and a setting sun. Together you have a magical experience that after 30 years of watching elephants (probably in the thousands) I’ve never experienced. So I asked for my own boat to go out to the wading elephants so that I could just be near them, hear them, smell them and experience this wonderfully special moment which I’ll never forget.

-Peter Macy

Follow Paige On Her Upcoming GS Giving Circle Adventure! March 5-27, 2012

Join me as I take advantage of an incredible opportunity to visit and assist our GSGC partners in Livingstone, Zambia, Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe, and Cape Town, South Africa.

I’ll be learning listening and gathering information to share with you.

I will also:

  • provide English tutoring for girls that the GSGC supports
  • train pre-school teachers
  • deliver learning materials made by students in the US
  • meet with our old and new GSGC partners and friends


I invite you to follow my journey as I share my experiences, photos and impressions on the GSGC blog and our GSGC Facebook page.

Stay tuned!

Paige Hasson

Can’t Wait To Do It Again! Kirstenbosch Gardens’ Jazz Concert, Cape Town

It’s been on my “I sooo want to do this” list forever- to attend one of the summer concerts offered at Kirstenbosch Gardens in Cape Town.  I loved it!  Listening to local jazz artists, enjoying a picnic with friends, sipping great wine and being in a FABULOUS setting made for one terrific evening.  I can’t wait to do it again!


De Hoop- A Nature Lover’s Paradise!

Near the southern most trip of tip of Africa you’ll find a place with all the ingredients we love:

  • Gorgeous scenery
  • Wide open spaces
  • Virtually untrodden
  • Wildlife
  • Comfy accommodations


On top of all this, during the migratory season, you can witness hundreds of Southern Right Whales sailing, breaching, spouting and more!

One to be added to nature lovers’ “wanna visit!” list!