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 Post subject: Re: Coldest Kruger
Unread postPosted: Tue Jun 19, 2012 5:30 am 
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We visit Kruger every July (and we camp), the coldest we have ever been has been on the sunset drives which we always book, the drive starts out fine BUT as soon as the sun sets you start freezing no amount of clothes or even the blankets that they supply can keep you warm. This year we are very prepared, we have bought beanies which are used by climbers when climbing Mount Everest.

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 Post subject: Re: Coldest Kruger
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wildtuinman wrote:
One of my coldest nights in Kruger was when we slept in the "Tree House" in Skukuza, next to the Sabie river. I hardly closed an eye.

The gaps in wooden walls leaked in the cold air from the river below and you may as well have slept in a walk-in freezer!

I remember putting on as many clothing items as possible during the night to try and stay warm in my way too thin sleeping bag. I even wore some boxer shorts as a beanie to try and keep the heat from escaping via my head!

I remember waking up the next morning seeing okes like Matt and KNPSpokesman get out of their double insulation sleeping bags wearing thermo gear and beanies!

Was one of my top 10 coldest nights ever! :lol:


JISSIE!! I was thinking that same night! Thermal underwear, double insulated sleeping bag capable to keep the snow from Mount Everest out .. and all I had was shorts, a beanie and gloves ... And no one wanted to cuddle :shock:

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 Post subject: Re: Coldest Kruger
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I did the Lebombo 4x4 trail in June 2005.
On the first night, we camped very near the Sabie River.
I needed the loo in the middle of the night but couldn't leave the tent as there was a huge male lion about 30m away roaring.
I could see his silhouette in the moonlight, hear his breathing and see the mist of his breath......

The following morning there was ice on my little tent!
Need i say more....


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 Post subject: Re: Coldest Kruger
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I can so understand about the ice, Aquilla :wink:

I have just left a very warm Kruger. My car thermometer showed 34 degrees.

My coldest night was at Tambotie in August. It was below zero when I packed and left. By the time I reached Skuks, it was 28.

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 Post subject: Re: Coldest Kruger
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Last year in May it was so cold that one morning when I opened my cupboard in the caravan, my jersey was wearing my jacket.


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 Post subject: Re: Coldest Kruger
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Some year ago in the middle of July we were staying at a bush camp in a game reserve close to Orpen.
As the weekend progressed it became colder and colder and turned out to be the coldest weekend of the year and snow in many areas.
On the Saturday night we were all out on an evening game drive - the longer we were on the drive the colder it became and the more jackets and jerseys we put on.
We saw no animals on the entire drive.
The safari tent sides did not go down to ground level, the 'V' section above the door of the tent was also not enclosed welcoming the icy cold air into the safari tent.
The toilet area was enclosed with slats which had gaps between the slats and the hot water came from a 'donkey' which was only lit in the mornings and hot enough for a shower after breakfast.
Even the dining area was very open - ideal for summer but not fun on an icy cold evening.
It was bitterly cold through the night and hot water bottles had been put in the beds - in the morning it felt as though our clothes were stiff with cold.
There was no escaping the cold that night.
I now see on the website that the safari tents are looking very upmarket with thatched roofs and bathroom vastly improved.


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 Post subject: Re: Coldest Kruger
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We camped at Letaba one year, overnight the temperature dropped very low.
The next morning some poor soul who had done some washing the evening before, tried to get his denims off the wash line and they were frozen solid.
The ice cracked when he bent the legs.
We heard later that it was minus 4degrees.

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 Post subject: Re: Coldest Kruger
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salamanda wrote:
We go to Kruger in the winter just because it is cooler. This year our lowest early morning temp in the south was 1C and I swear I saw frost in some places! Most days it was between 5C and 10C in the early mornings. Warmer in the North. I love those icy mornings when you drive out exhaling vapour, wearing jackets, gloves, buffs, scarves, and beanies; the windows wide open and the car heater on high directed at the feet!


salamanda, you have hit the nail on the head :D

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 Post subject: Re: Coldest Kruger
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One of the things I love about Kruger are the cold crisp mornings.
Coffee at the gate with your breath steaming as much as your mug is.
Driving with the windows open and the freshness in your face.
As the sun comes up you can gradually peel the layers off.

On certain days back here in the UK you can catch echoes of those feelings and it reminds me of where I love to be.

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 Post subject: Re: Coldest Kruger
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We were at Lower Sabie in the tents 1 night and Satara 2 night middel of June 2012 and it is the first time in my life that I was wearing track suits and tekkies all the time. The night in the tent was cold.

Tamboti in winter can be very cold.

BUT what a small price to pay to be in heaven!


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 Post subject: Are the bungalows cold in May?
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Every year we visit the Kruger in February when its nice and hot but this year for the first time we will be visiting from early May until early June, what are the bungalows like at that time of year for sleeping temperature? do we need to bring warm pajamas and/or hot water bottles or are there extra blankets? I cant rely on heat from the airconditioners as last year two of the places we stayed at had broken airconditioners.


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 Post subject: Re: Are the bungalows cold in May?
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Hi Shutterbug.

May is when things start to cool down a bit during the evenings, but no need for waterbottles! A light jacket will do when outside, the bungalows are still quite cosy. I think all the camps have extra blankets available in the bungalows, and if you neeed more they will surely provide some more.

Enjoy your trip!! :cam:

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 Post subject: Re: Are the bungalows cold in May?
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Even in midwinter I find a Tshirt and shorts fine as pyjamas and one blanket enough. On the really chilly nights I simply use one of the extra blankets supplied (look in the cupboards - there are always some there).

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 Post subject: Re: Are the bungalows cold in May?
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I love Kruger in winter.
The cool dry weather is such a change from the dreary bone-chilling wet cold of the Cape.

Just remember - Kruger is in the Lowveld and winter there is like summer for many people.
Which means the sun can give a pretty bad burn.
But you are asking about night times, so the moon is no worry.

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 Post subject: Re: Are the bungalows cold in May?
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