What to wear in South Africa

We're generally laid back in South Africa, so no need to haul out your best silks and diamonds when you head for our shores.  Here's some clothing advice when in South Africa:

For the summers, bring clothes that are cool and comfortable, along with an umbrella or rain jacket, as this is when most of the country gets rain.  A light jacket or wrap is a good precaution. Don't forget a swimming costume.

The winters are generally mild, comparing favourably with European summers.  But we do get some days when temperatures sky-dive, especially in high-lying areas such as the Drakensberg, so be prepared with jerseys and jackets.  If you are going to the Cape, rain gear will be needed in this season.

Always bring a hat - the sun can be strong even in the winter months.  Make sunglasses, a hat and sun block a firm part of your skincare kit.

Walking shoes are a good idea all year-round, with warm socks in the winter.

If you are doing business in the country, business attire may be called for, although some sectors of the corporate world e.g. media for example tend to dress down these days.

For game viewing, a couple of neutral-toned items will be useful, but there's no need to go overboard and kit yourself out like David Livingstone, out to explore Africa for the first time.

For the evening, if you are dining at an upmarket restaurant or seeing a show, go the smart-casual route.

Leave some room in your suitcase so you can purchase some South African clothing; information on local designers can be obtained from the web.  Look out for local labels like Hip Hop, Stoned Cherrie, Maya Prass, Eboka and more.