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Re the 2013 Holidays?

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Re the 2013 Holidays?

Hello all! This is a first post on this board, as I scour the forum for ideas and begin to plan an itinerary. Fortunately we will have lots of time on our side, BUT will be wanting to avoid the Canadian winter, so looking at several weeks between Jan and April 2013. My question...everyone says avoid the "holiday season" - when is it over exactly? If we arrive after January 15th will that open up lodging that might otherwise be crowded etc. Or is the very end of January best? Perhaps we should go to another country (Tanzania or Kenya?) in January and then to SA afterward? This is a first trip, and we will be doing a self drive round the country as much as possible (again we have time on our side!). At the moment I am working on flights but finding that some airlines don't even have spring 2013 schedules available as yet!!

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1. Re: Re the 2013 Holidays?

It's the school holidays that you need to avoid. I can't find the 2013 calendar - probably not released yet - but the 2012 shows schools starting on 18th January. So, to avoid them, I'd suggest that you start your planning for more towards the end of January 2013. The link below *should* lead you to the 2013 calendar (when it's released).

Another thing you may want to bear in mind is that January/February can be VERY hot (upwards of 30 celcius, in the 40's sometimes inland) and very humid by the coast. Insist on a car with a (working!) airconditioner.


Edited: 01 March 2012, 08:53
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2. Re: Re the 2013 Holidays?

Definitely avoid 15th Dec - 6th of January - avoid another week after that for the people taking extra leave. To be extra safe you can avoid another week in case the schools aren't back yet, but the rush is usually over by then.

Also avoid Easter period - the school holidays usually coincide with Easter, depending on when it is.

Edited: 01 March 2012, 09:04
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3. Re: Re the 2013 Holidays?

When to travel Africa really depends on the type of holiday you would like to have, specific wildlife and animals you wish to see or the activity you would like to partake in. Certain game reserves and national parks have good game viewing all year round but others will have particularly good elephant sightings or other migratory animals at different times of the year. Weather plays a role in certain destinations as the rainy seasons might cause some areas to close for short periods of time.

It is generally felt that the African winter is the best time to go on safari, as the grass is dry and vegetation sparse making game viewing easier. It is also the time when animals are on the move looking for food and water. In Kenya and Tanzania, you have the memorable opportunity of witnessing the great migration of over two million wildebeests and zebra. Temperatures in winter are mild but can become considerably cooler in the evening, so pack multiple layers of clothing to ensure you stay comfortable on afternoon game drives and walks. It goes without saying that the standard safari gear must include a broad brim hat, sunscreen and mosquito repellent.

Summer is the best time to travel for birding, botany and great weather.

You can find other tips here: sixstarholidays.co.uk/holiday-destinations/a…

Edited: 25 February 2013, 15:30
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