What to Pack: CITY
Dressing for the Cities:
South Africans are generally laid back. Their clothing is smart but casual and in style. Unless you are attending a special event you won’t need to take anything too fancy.
Cape Town is more relaxed and coastal.
Johannesburg is dressier and it has huge thunderstorm in the afternoons
Depending on how long you're stay is in the cities, try and mix and match to last you for those days. Laundry services are provided at your hotels and are moderate in price.
Summer:- in the city for 5 days
Cool and light clothing (Cottons are great.)
1 pr Jeans
2 pr pants
2 pr Shorts
1 dress -
Light Sweater or Pashmina
Exercise clothing – depending on what your preferred activity is.
5-8 pr underwear
Bathing suit and cover-up
Hat for summer and winter
Good walking shoes
Umbrella / light rain jacket for Johannesburg
Light scarf for air conditioning
The weather starts to change around the end of May(Fall) and warms up again towards the beginning of September (Spring)
Warmer clothing is needed for Cape Town. This is considered the rainy season so pack accordingly. All coastal cities and towns can get chilly as the air blows in off the ocean.
Johannesburg is colder being at the higher elevation of 6,000ft and temperature can get below freezing sometimes at night. The days warm nicely to Fall like weather.
Durban has a much milder climate as it is 30deg below the equator. (Similar to the weather in New Orleans)
None of the restaurants, homes or smaller hotels are insulated like they are in America. They rely on a well lit fire place. It makes a great ambiance for a chilly evening.
Use the summer packing list above as a base then add the following:-
Down vest or down jacket
Sweater or fleece
Wrap for the evening air.
Umbrella and rain gear for Cape Town
Good walking shoes at all times
If you are planning a visit to the Game Reserves you will have most of what you need already in the Safari list above.