There are a couple of things that are quite important before you start packing your bags:
1. Bring the riding gear you are the most comfortable in as you will be spending many hours in the saddle, probably more then you are used to. New riding gear needs to be warn in, so not a good idea to do this on an 8 day horse safari where you can spend up to 7 hours in the saddle in warm climate!
2. Pack some jods and riding shoes in your hand-luggage, a change of underwear and a toothbrush and whatever else you think is absolutely necessary. If your bag gets lost during your travel it is of great advantage to have your well fitting riding gear in hand. We can help you out with leisure clothes, chaps, and helmets, but it is good to have some comfortable riding gear (in particular your boots) !
3. We do recommend wearing helmets, however it is not compulsory. A good ventilated helmet is of advantage. We do have a great collection of helmets, but your own helmet fits better and will be safer!
4. You have to have a medical/travel insurance. Make sure you are covert if you decide not to wear a helmet, as most insurance companies won’t insure you unless you wear a helmet. Have your travel documents, passports, money and your travel/medical insurance details always close to you! Do not put these items in your luggage or any luggage that might be out of your sight!
5. Always collect your luggage on arrival at Johannesburg Airport and take it through customs. Most of the South African smaller Airports don’t have a customs clearance! Even if the airlines tell you that your luggage can be checked through to Hoedspruit or Phalaborwa, it is not true!!! It will not make it!!!
6. At Johannesburg Airport there are a lot of porters who can be of great help if you are in a hurry to find your check in counter or your gate. However they are sometimes a bit cheeky asking a lot of money. R 50,00 is more then enough to give them when they have been of great help, if they have only pushed the trolley, R 20,00 should be enough.
7. If you travel by car and police stops you for speeding or something else you might have done wrong, don’t give them any cash money, always ask for a ticket. If they persist, ask to speak to their supervisor.