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Balule huts in July

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Thu Jun 19, 2014 5:04 pm Unread post
Good day to all.
My first post but I am a seasoned Kruger traveller.
My question if anyone can help. I am taking my 80 year mother for a week long trip to the Kruger Park. My booking is 2 nights Balule, 1 night Sable Dam Hide, 4 nights Balule. We will do this in 2 weeks time. I am sitting in JHB freezing!!!!!!!! Does anyone have any idea how cold Kruger will be in 2 weeks time? I am really hoping that I have not made a big mistake with my booking. I hope my mom is going to cope with this adventure. Any idea how cold the huts are in Balule? I know that there is a gap between the wall and the ceiling but does that make the inside much colder during the winter?

Any advice for me will be most welcome.

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Debra
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Thu Jun 19, 2014 5:18 pm Unread post
I have been in satara two weeks ago. In the morning is was between 2.5 and 4 degrees.
But that was when a coldfront was passing.The first evening the teprature was 25degrees.
So I think if you are lucky there will be no problem :dance:


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Thu Jun 19, 2014 5:25 pm Unread post
Hi and welcome to the forums Debra!

I have a very handy app on my phone and it seems to predict weather fairly accurately well in advance. (But do not hold me to this!)

According to Accuweather.com, Skukuza is going to have the following temps in two weeks time:
Min of 3-8 degrees, up to 22-27 degrees over 2 week period.

Nights of 5-8 July show a min of 8 degrees. Max on those days, 22 degrees.

Perhaps investigate buying a gas heater? If you have a gas bottle, all you need to add is the heater attachment. It will make for much more comfy nights at both Balule and Sable Dam.


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Thu Jun 19, 2014 5:31 pm Unread post
I must be honest, I think the bird hide is going to be very cold. And if you do go the heater way, probably good idea to check if you can take it to the bird hide.


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Thu Jun 19, 2014 6:14 pm Unread post
Youngsters will be OK but it may be cold for an 80 year old lady in July with the openings in the Balule huts and the open hide at Sable Dam.


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Thu Jun 19, 2014 7:51 pm Unread post
Thanks for advice everyone.
A gas heater sounds like a good idea and I think I will take a couple of extra blankets along. The old lady is one tough cookie and just so long as temps do not go below about 5 degrees I am hoping she will be fine. There can be no thoughts about leaving her at home. :big_eyes: :big_eyes: Maybe a few hot water bottles as well. :thumbs_up:


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Thu Jun 19, 2014 8:03 pm Unread post
If your Mom is used to cold winters as in Joburg it won't be as bad as for someone from warmer coastal areas like KZN.


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Thu Jun 19, 2014 8:55 pm Unread post
debra1 wrote
Thanks for advice everyone.
A gas heater sounds like a good idea and I think I will take a couple of extra blankets along. The old lady is one tough cookie and just so long as temps do not go below about 5 degrees I am hoping she will be fine. There can be no thoughts about leaving her at home. :big_eyes: :big_eyes: Maybe a few hot water bottles as well. :thumbs_up:


I have stayed in Balule in July (camping, nogal). That year it was actually rather pleasant. A good sleeping bag as extra would possibly help. My mother is well into her eighties and when we have a cold spell here, I use a sleeping bag to keep in warmth.

A wooly cap (heat is lost through the head) and warm socks will help.


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Thu Jun 19, 2014 9:48 pm Unread post
Some thermal long johns and a vest are another good idea Woolies have a rather light weight pair ( in the men's section ) and are super . actually the real one wears them ... only when its freezing and when you are 80 I am sure she does not mind .. its warmth we are after .. hey


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Tue Jul 22, 2014 8:04 pm Unread post
Hi Debra,

We spent 3 nights in Balule at the beginning of this month. In hut no. 6 there was an 80 year old granny, having a whale of a time! She said it was too wonderful!

The first day was lovely and warm, but second 2 nights were colder (not the serious front that came through the next week when we were VERY cold in Tamboti tented camp at night, but comfortable during the day).

We took our own candles, I do not like the smell of paraffin fumes in the hut. If the breeze blows, you feel the cold coming in onto our head from the ventilation gaps, so I slept with a beanie on. Great.

We took a few hot water bottles along, and filled them up at the gas stove/kettle in the evenings. It worked like a charm.

There is even a chamber pot if she is too cold to go to the loo at night!

She should enjoy it. Wonderful night sounds!

God bless,

Friedrich von Hörsten


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Tue Jul 22, 2014 10:02 pm Unread post
Friedrich von Hörsten wrote
Hi Debra,

We spent 3 nights in Balule at the beginning of this month. In hut no. 6 there was an 80 year old granny, having a whale of a time! She said it was too wonderful!

I'm pretty sure the 80 year of granny was Debra's mom as that would have been about the time they were due to be there.
Glad she was enjoying it all. :thumbs_up:
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