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What to wear for Kruger park safari?

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What to wear for Kruger park safari?

I will be on a 7 day safari in Kruger in early May. Can I wear mainly short/t-shirts with an occational pair of long pants and sweatshirt? Or is it the opposite? Trying not to overpack!

Thanks!

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11. Re: What to wear for Kruger park safari?

Any specific recommendations for those of us going in early October?

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12. Re: What to wear for Kruger park safari?

What about in November

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13. Re: What to wear for Kruger park safari?

What would you recommend in March? I have tried to buy layers to add on and remove as needed but how cold will it get?

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14. Re: What to wear for Kruger park safari?

What should I expect to wear at Kruger December/January

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15. Re: What to wear for Kruger park safari?

Hi Valgam. It will be very warm then, are you staying in a private lodge or in Kruger Park itself??

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16. Re: What to wear for Kruger park safari?

Hi there Valgam;

Sandsman is correct - it will be very warm :). But it may also be a little wet as it is our rainy season here. I recommend shorts, tshirts/tank tops, flip flops (sandals/jandals), a cap, sunglasses and LOTS of sunscreen. Also a light rain proof jacket is handy to take along.

Warm regards

Jacqui Sive l Owner & Safari Specialist l Lodge Trackers

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17. Re: What to wear for Kruger park safari?

I'm also trying not to overpack. Should visitors bring shorts in addition to "convertible" pants, or are the latter sufficient?

What do people wear to meals at camps/lodges, their safari clothes or something a bit nice (and perhaps a bit fresher)? And what about sleepwear? Is something warm needed to ward off the nighttime chill year-round?

My light rain-proof jacket is mustard yellow. Is that too bright a color? I was really hoping to avoid having to get another just for this trip. I'll have a fleece jacket (not windproof) from the international flight that I can layer as needed and stuff into my small backpack, which I assume I can carry along with me wherever I go.

Let's talk footwear. I am planning to wear my waterproof light hiking boots and thin wool socks. Too hot for December/January? Would loafers/walking shoes or sneakers make a better second pair?

Finally, why does it matter whether the visitor is staying at a private lodge or in Kruger Park proper?

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18. Re: What to wear for Kruger park safari?

Thanks for replying - I'm on a tour and staying at the Kruger Gate Lodge the first couple of days in January.

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19. Re: What to wear for Kruger park safari?

Most animals are colour-blind, so the only things that will worry about what colours you wear are your fellow passengers on game drives from expensive lodges - affects their sensitivities! The only reason that Rangers and other Bush-People wear dull greens, browns and khakis are so that that they do not show the dirt and they only need to wash them once a week!

Unless you are doing Bush Walks or Hiking Trails - very few people do - then any sort of footwear is fine. You are right, days in December/January will be HOT. And this time of year very rarely any night time chill. Remember much of Kruger is actually north of the Tropic of Capricorn - so in the Tropics. Equivalent to Yucatan or Cuba or Central India in the Northern Hemisphere, in midsummer.

Finally no need to dress up for dinner. It's up to you if you want to freshen up first. Only one note for evenings in midsummer if you are going to be outside after dark, in either Kruger or the private lodges adjoining - wear loose long sleeves and trousers and some bug spray. This is wet season and there are biting insects around.

Edited: 30 November 2014, 18:10
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20. Re: What to wear for Kruger park safari?

>>> The only reason that Rangers and other Bush-People wear dull greens, browns and khakis are so that that they do not show the dirt and they only need to wash them once a week! <<<

Are you giving away a trade secret, Vaan_de_Caab? I promise not to spread it around. I'm not sure how much walking I'll be doing. I'm certainly not averse to it.

I'm expecting to overdose on bug repellent. Better than the alternatives, I suppose. Have any of the lodges/camps tried the trick of a fan? Mosquitoes don't fly well in even a slight breeze, so generating one helps keep them at bay.

I suppose I'll know at the end of my first day how much I feel like changing clothes for dinner (ditto for breakfast). Looking at the typical daily schedule, there doesn't appear to be much time between the afternoon/evening safari and the evening meal for a shower or clothes change.

I never imagined I'd have fellow passengers' clothing sensitivities to worry about. I imagine the complainers will be the same folks who stand in front of me just as I've lined up a fantastic shot or scare away animals with loud talk or noisy "shutter slap". I just want to stay dry in something lightweight and breathable. If they're so concerned with such trivial matters, they should book private excursions.

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