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Clothes in August

Unread postby Racky » Sun May 27, 2012 7:58 pm

Hi everyone,
what kind of clothes should I wear in August?
thanx

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Re: Clothes in August

Unread postby Gemma T » Sun May 27, 2012 8:24 pm

You'll need to take both cold and warm weather clothes with you.
It gets cold overnight, the coldest we've ever had it was -2 in Lower Sabie, which is blooming cold when you're in a tent!!
Then during the day it get up to the high 20s and even into the 30s.
My best advice is layer up and shed the layers as it gets warmer.
We always throw a pair of shorts in the car for a quick change too!!

Make sure you pack your yellow ribbon!!
I have to say the park has always been very generous to us in August!!
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Re: Clothes in August

Unread postby onewithnature » Mon May 28, 2012 6:36 pm

Indeed the best advice is to layer.
I've been caught out on several occasions, even though I don't easily get cold.
Last August, in Tamboti, we had the lowest tent in the camp; I clean forgot about that physical law I learned at school - cold air sinks!
During the night it sank with malice and I couldn't believe how cold it was in Kruger that night.
My SO reminded me that a pool of water in the river bank had iced up around the edges.
Next night we asked Orpen Camp for extra blankets, but they only supplied us with two, saying they didn't have enough.
We learned our lesson very well that holiday and now we will ensure we are prepared next time.
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Re: Clothes in August

Unread postby Racky » Wed May 30, 2012 3:16 pm

Ok, understood... lots of layers... like we say in Spain, like an onion!!! :lol:

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Re: What type of clothes do you wear in Kruger

Unread postby MATTHYS » Tue Nov 20, 2012 10:42 am

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Re: What type of clothes do you wear in Kruger

Unread postby JacquiS » Sun Nov 25, 2012 2:36 pm

My goodness! I am liking this forum more and more! :clap: :clap:

To answer the question - Depends what time of year. I usually always wrap in layers, as all year round it generally is chilly before 9am, warms up, then becomes chilly again around 4pm (bar the summer months of course!)

Also, in the summer months we always take a rain jacket with us! These wonderful African storms have a way of sneaking up on one :-). They are beautiful though - Hot, electrical, and rumbling thunder that can touch your soul! ... Wow, someone call the hippy police for that last statement, haha.

But yes - All in all, layers are key :-D

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Re: What type of clothes do you wear in Kruger

Unread postby suebfly » Mon Nov 26, 2012 7:34 am

Hi Rick

All I can say is layer : layer : layer - was there this June again this year and you start off with very heavy jackets - some mornings are freezing - depending where you are.. During the day we stripped off layers and at times had very light T Shirts & shorts - I even came back to rainy Cape Town with a bit of a tan!!

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Re: What type of clothes do you wear in Kruger

Unread postby suebfly » Tue Nov 27, 2012 6:27 am

Maybe you wont need such a heavy jacket - I see you are from Canada and we probably have a different idea of what is cold to what you do.
I do know that it was 0° a couple of mornings - especially at places like Skukuza - so you will have to be the judge of how thick a jacket you need for that temp.
Bearing in mind however that you will be in your car at 5.30am and there is a huge chill factor that comes as the sun rises above the horizon - you don't want to be shivering and miss the beauty of that.

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Re: What type of clothes do you wear in Kruger

Unread postby Sheenaugh-Lee » Wed Feb 27, 2013 10:27 am

I wear what makes me cool and comfortable, shorts, strappy tops and lol Ive driven around a few times in my costume and sarong lol can't say my SO was too impressed with me as men will be men and SO's words 'liefie ek wil nie he ander mans moet sien wat ek het' LOL well that one always sends me into leaps and bounds of laughter especially when I wear it anyways and when we stop at a sighting SO throws a towel over me hahaha ja Im naughty but I am getting hot so I don't see why I should torture myself and die of the heat LOL :D
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Re: What type of clothes do you wear in Kruger

Unread postby Albert » Fri Mar 01, 2013 12:10 pm

We almost always go to the park in May/June/July. I find that I need to pack more for the trip to and from the park (I remember midnight in the Vrystaat at -12 °C one year) than in the park itself.
The Kruger outfit is simple:
Shorts (brown/dark green); between knee-length and the Rooies' Nampo denim shorts' length
T-shirt (maybe more than one, people tend to start complaining after a few days), any colour will do as long as it is brown.
Slip-slops
Cap (now the Stiffnecks version).
Sunglasses.

And for the evening: Jeans/sweatshirt/beanie (Stiffnecks, to cover the bald spots against the mozzies)/tackies. Socks are optional.
After standing in the braai smoke for a while the mozzies leave you alone.
Oh, and a Swiss army knife in the pocket. I don't do the newfangled Leatherman stuff.
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Wearing shorts in Kruger NP

Unread postby JDW » Thu Aug 15, 2013 4:42 pm

Visiting September - October is the wearing of shorts a good idea or not?
If yes should we use any ointments etc to protect ourselves?
Will the time of day make a difference?
Will being in the North or South of the park make a difference?
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Re: Wearing shorts in Kruger NP

Unread postby Carol g » Thu Aug 15, 2013 4:47 pm

JDW, shorts are fine as it is quiet hot already in Sep/ Oct I would advise a good sunscreen lotion and a lotion or spray against the Mosquitos
Take along a jersey just in case you need it in the early mornings or evenings
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Re: Wearing shorts in Kruger NP

Unread postby DinkyBird » Thu Aug 15, 2013 5:09 pm

Not much I can add, even in winter, its only cold early morning and in the evenings, days are warm enough for shorts. And I am talking as a Saffie and we think we will freeze to death if the temp drops below 20 degrees :roll:

I have experienced extreme heat in October; and also a really cold wet snap in a November. So do take a wind breaker and tracksuit for just in case.
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Re: Wearing shorts in Kruger NP

Unread postby isinkwe » Thu Aug 15, 2013 7:02 pm

Never worn long pants in the Kruger, not been cold enough in the last 45 years, and I prefer to go in Winter, May, June and July.
If you are planning on going out on a night or early morning drive on the open game viewing vehicles, Longs might be a good idea.
What about investing in some of those long pants, that you are able to zip the long part off at about knee height- producing instant shorts- the best of both worlds. :thumbs_up:
You might even want to have aImage about midday at that time of year
Your daytime temps could easily get to 30 degrees C at that time of year.
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Re: Wearing shorts in Kruger NP

Unread postby tent dweller » Thu Aug 15, 2013 8:01 pm

My hubby only wears shorts when we go to the Kruger. Just some sunblock on your legs and arms and you will be fine, but you should also take a pair of longs, a warm sweater, socks and of course a cap/sunhat.
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