Today we (2 adults) are preparing to pack for our 1st trip (LS,Sku,Satara) to SA (in 5 days). I decided to check the weather, since we were told that the weather can be unpredictable in Sept. I have no idea of how light or heavy it rains in SA (could be sprinkles to heavy down pour?)
From the forecast, it appears we will encounter "the rains" while in the park.
Does the rain & overcast conditions impact animal behavior?
- We were planning to check out the various water holes/dams etc. along the way on whatever routes we drove (after a look at camp boards, talk to people).
1) Does rain effect the animals need to visit the water holes?
2) Does the early morning & late evening as "best times for game driving" still hold true, even if it is overcast/raining?
- We read a lot of comments about lions etc on the roads early in the morning (especially in the winter). In particular, at Satara we were hoping to see this there. I read they do this because the roads provide warmth.
3) Are early morning roadside lion encounters less likely when it is raining?
- If indeed we do encounter heavy rains, we will keep our rental sedan off of the gravel/dirt roads. There are a couple of gravel roads that we are hoping to check out (S28, S137 etc.).
4) Maybe a silly question: Is it worth it to drive around during heavy rains or just stay in camp.
5) If we encounter a totally miserable day, what would you recommend as an alternative to a self drive game drive?
- For the open vehicle game drives, just in case we get wet, we have packed rain cover (ponchos) and plastic bags for wet clothes.
6) We have pre-paid for sunset game drives at all 3 camps. Do they still go out at the appointed time, regardless of the weather?
- According to recent postings, bug/mossie activity has been low/non-existant. We have packed Deet, Meds & plan to purchase spray at the park.
7) Does this activity significantly increase, once the rains begin?
Sorry for the long post. Our excitement and anticipation is building (started planning 9 months ago).
Just trying to find out what we can do to make the best of it, if we do not find ideal weather.