IsiLimela is the perfect lodge for those first time safari travellers. Not only are we a luxury safari lodge in South Africa (Balule to be exact), but we know how to make first time visitors get the most out of their trip to Africa.

We have a number of exciting activities for our guests to choose from, but we know that the real reason they are visiting is because they want to experience an authentic African safari.

And we can’t blame them, there is nothing quite like an African safari. Every year, thousands of people from all over the world will land in South Africa to experience what millions before them have. As far back as the 1800s, people the world over have been captivated by the idea of travelling through the African bush, spotting the wildlife and simply watching the wild animals, in awe of their sight.

For the modern day traveller, there is quite a bit of information that you will find handy while you are busy with your planning. And making sure that you have done thorough planning is so important if you want to make sure you haven’t missed anything.

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To help you with your plans, we’ve put together some of those frequently asked questions that others have asked when planning their safari, in the hopes that this information will help you.

  1. What should you bring with you?

There are some things that are without a doubt essentials and then there are those other things that are really just a matter of preference. When it comes to the essentials, make sure you have these packed:

  • An up to date, valid passport as well as at least 2 copies.
  • A visa, should your country require one.
  • Your identity document and your driver’s licence (if you have one)
  • Some spending money
  • Travel insurance
  • Return flight tickets

Ideally, when travelling to Africa, you should pack light. When you arrive at the lodge, you will notice that you will be provided with the basics, so just packing some light clothing, a jacket for those cooler days (not that we have many of those), comfortable shoes, a vanity case (don’t forget the sunscreen), and a hat, should be enough. Most airlines will allow you to only take 12kgs of baggage, and you will want some space for your souvenirs.

  1. What should you wear?

Africa is hot, you probably already know this. But in Balule, with the temperatures reaching up to 40 degrees Celsius and higher in the summer, you will want to pack shorts, t-shirts and basically light, airy clothing. Light colours can also help keep you cool, although white clothing is not always the best option as it will get dirty very quickly.

  1. What is the duration of a safari?

It really depends on where you will be staying, or who you will be going on safari with. Most safaris are done in the early morning and again late in the afternoon, when the weather is cool and wildlife tends to be more active. A morning or an afternoon safari will also give you plenty of downtime in between, to laze at the pool, read a book and generally unwind.


IsiLimela is one of South Africa’s premier luxury safari lodges. If you need more information for your planning, please have a look at our FAQ page or get in touch with us.