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Safari in July last minute planning questions

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Safari in July last minute planning questions

We are planning to visit South Africa , Botswana and Zambia for 19 days in July. After connecting through Johannesburg we visit the Okavango delta, then on to Livingstone to see the Victoria Falls then on to Sabi Sands in South Africa. We finish our trip with a few days in Cape Town.

I'm really confused, about clothing. I recognize its winter in the Southern hemisphere in July so understand the need to dress warmly in layers for the safari drives, but is it really necessary to buy a bunch of safari khaki, beige and olive ?

Can I not just wear what I normally wear for same conditions here in Canada

Thanks ...ps not a diva ..just confused planner!

Edited: 26 April 2014, 23:37
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1. Re: Safari in July last minute planning questions

Hello there

I am only speaking for Sabi Sand here but no you do not need to buy special clothes.

The exception is if you plan to do any bushwalking which is offered by many of the lodges. Then yes khaki tones would be ideal, but as long your colours are neutral you should be fine. By neutral I mean browns, beiges, greens, olives and so on. For riding on the trucks though the main requirement as you already know is most definitely layers, especially in July, that wind chill will be extremely icy.

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2. Re: Safari in July last minute planning questions

Yes, you can certainly wear your normal casual clothing that you would wear at home. I have travelled in Africa for 14 years and never bought anything specialised as far as clothing is concerned. One proviso would be that if you are doing any walking in the bush (which you may well do in Sabi Sands lodges) then it is a good idea to wear muted colours that blend in with the natural bush colours rather than anything bright. So if you have a brown or creams/taupe or dark green shirt and shorts or pants then you should bring a 'set' of these as they will probably come in handy. Otherwise normal colours are fine for all other times. The most important considerations for me are comfort levels, weight and bulk for packing and ease of laundering whilst traveling.

Although it will be winter the weather will be variable from possibly cool to cold in Cape Town to mild and quite warm during the day in Sabi Sands and Livingstone and Botswana. So you're right about the need for layers. You will also need a warm hat and a scarf and gloves wouldn't go amiss for your game drives in the early morning or at night. The wind chill factor on open game viewing vehicles is not to be underestimated!

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3. Re: Safari in July last minute planning questions

Hi there!

I live right here on a game reserve in the Kruger area and can tell you it gets FLIPPING cold at night! :).

You definitely don't need to buy a whole new wardrobe - many people just wear jeans and a warm jacket on game drive - however, if you are planning to go on a bush walk, I would recommend bringing neutral colors as bright or outlandish gear will distract and freak out the animals.

I would suggest dressing like an onion, in layers! This means that you can be nice and warm on your AM game drive, and peel off your layers as the day warms up. You can then put them back on in the afternoon for your PM game drive. Scarves, beanies, and gloves never go amiss here in winter.

Warm regards

Jacqui l Owner l Lodge Trackers

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4. Re: Safari in July last minute planning questions

I've mentioned before the unusual project I worked on in late January till the middle of February, where I visited 22 lodges in 24 nights. I am not bragging about it. It remains to be seen if I was just nutty, or whether it was worth it. But what surprised me was how unusual it was to see guests wearing what I think of as traditional safari clothing. Khaki shorts and trousers with all the pockets. Shirts, the same style.

By far, folks had on what they might wear on weekends to run errands, go shopping at the mall, drop into a cafe. So, if that works for you, be comfortable with it. Just BELIEVE the advice above about how cold the early mornings and late evenings will be. I looked at last year's late June records for the Hoedspruit area (just west of Kruger) just yesterday and the Low temperatures ranged from 32 to 41. That's what you face at the start of the morning game drive.

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5. Re: Safari in July last minute planning questions

Jaqui, that's why I travel with my khaki safari suits and a hot water bottle (the latter being much more important!).

However, putting it in perspective just imagine what you might need in Calgary in June/July - everything from shorts to jumpers and jackets. You will find Southern Africa much the same at that time of year. Your summer = their winter so I don't think you will have much of a problem with the cold as I am sure you have the gear.

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6. Re: Safari in July last minute planning questions

Thanks everyone for your help!

Given the need to pack using soft sided duffle bags we want to make sure we bring the "right " items

We are excited and really looking forward to our trip

We plan on bringing some Calgary Winter clothes . I think it will work fine. Being from Calgary, Canada we have lots of winter wear!


Edited: 30 April 2014, 04:29
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