Hello. I hope these don't seem like trivial questions. I will be visiting Kruger in May and I have read that it will be cold. Does this mean that for early morning and night drives I should wear a heavy long coat over heavy pants, a thick sweater, and long underwear (thermals)? Is it this cold? (I am not accustomed to the cold.)
Leave the long coat, but a thick sweater and heavy pants will do. a beanie is useful also. Just remember when the sun gets up it starts getting warmer quickly. You might want to peel off, so wear something lighter underneath.
Also, I have a question about what colours are appropriate. The Kruger SAN Parks website and/or Kruger private lodge web sites, discourage the wearing of white or other bright clothes--because you are too visible to animals (though I am not at all clear on what animals see).
Not relevant, go for practicality rather than colour. No animal is going to run away from a Man United shirt (Liverpool maybe
) Just don't wear a leopardskin suit and a pith helmet, you will be ID'd as a tourist immediately.
Meanwhile, I have read time and again (not on the SAN Parks website) that dark clothes are not good to wear at night or early morning as mosquitoes are attracted to dark colors, especially black and navy blue. So what should I wear? I just bought some khaki and olive green clothes for daytime wear, but will it matter if I wear a white jacket or black jacket at night or early morning as it will be dark anyhow? I would hate to bring too much stuff, or pack clothes that will be of little use to me. ).
By May, it should be cold enough to kill off the mozzies, so this is not a major factor. Just get a Tabard spray and do your hands & head for the occasional survivor
I also have a separate question related to early morning drives. Not being a morning person, I need a little caffeine (tea) to wake up and get going. However, the only bungalows I could book for Kruger are with communal kitchens. Would it, then, be a good idea to take a Thermos with me so that I can make some tea the night before, that I can then drink in my bungalow before heading out on a morning drive (which I understand starts at about 5:30 a.m.)? My Thermos keeps beverages hot all day. I can't see running to the communal kitchen just before 5 a.m. and heating up some water for tea. What do other folks do? I'd appreciate hearing about your experiences.
Yes, the kitchens all have PERMANENT BOILING WATER on tap, so you just take your thermos with your brand of caffeine powder in and fill up. It takes seconds.
Another practical tip. Persuade yourself that you ARE a morning person, and if not, put your watch forward 3 hours so you run to the kitchen at 8a.m!!
You are investing a lot of money in this fantastic trip Tangi, don't let the time rob you of any experience. As Bon Jovi says, you can sleep when you're dead.