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What type of clothes do you wear in Kruger

Unread post by saraf » Mon Jan 17, 2005 8:22 pm

Just 4 weeks and 2 days until my next visit (not that I'm counting or anything). Our last visist to SA was in June, this time its going to be Feb. At the moment at home I'm wrapping up warm day and night but what, in general, can I expect in Kruger in Feb? We're think of doing a couple of night drives while we are there - would it be advisable to bring wrap-up warm clothes for this or will a woolie jumper be OK?

Any help would be appreciated.
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Unread post by wendyp » Mon Jan 17, 2005 8:26 pm

It is very hot this time of year. I was in Kruger over Christmas and New year and temps were above 40, so expect it to be that hot in Feb. Maybe and idea to take a warm top for the night drive in case of rain.

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The best tip given to me..for early and late drives? cm

Unread post by Elaine/USA » Mon Jan 17, 2005 8:44 pm

was to layer my clothes.
that is in order to peel them off as it warmed up during early morning drives and in order to put on piece by piece for the late drives as it cooled down.
One of the other most amazing tips was...always have the scarf ..thin, lightweight, cotton, etc...around the neck. It was amazing how much warmer i felt as the night cooled down with that small bit of protection round my neck. LOL

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Unread post by Meg » Mon Jan 17, 2005 9:06 pm

It's really, really hot there in comparison with the UK at this time of year - expect 40+ temps. Don't let that fool you into leaving the raincoats at home though - last Feb we were caught in a cracker of a thunderstorm on a night drive :D

Also, take a fair amount of insect repellant - the mozzies are rife at this time of year.

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Unread post by Wild@Heart » Tue Jan 18, 2005 7:12 am

For sure.. it's hot in fact we like to call it "HOTAZHELL"

Some warm clothes for the night drives...definitly, especially going over a stream or river, you will feel it.

Are you driving ... I would suggest also a nice strong sunblock lotion.. Unless you want to have a good red tan on one side of your body...

Trust feels ten times hotter at the end of a day, when you have a sunburned arm.

Enjoy your trip!!

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Unread post by Shidzidzii » Mon Apr 11, 2005 4:16 pm

Authentic safari Gear sounds very larny but it's not necesarily so.
Khaki (or multi-coloured veldfocus type) cotton shirts and rugby shorts and bush-sandals are easy to handwash (5 minutes work and your fingernails come extra clean) and they dry looking ironed.
Even for a month trip 6 sets are sufficient and the packing space and weight is neglegible, so there is space for a case of Scotch (only after sundown).
Take 1 all purpose rain/towelling jacket for change of weather.
Now for Victoria's secret (tip). Take a few Speedo's along.
You know : Wear-swim-change-dry-wear-shower-change-dry-wear-......-sing "It's so good to be a man (on holiday)".

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Unread post by Elsa » Sat Oct 15, 2005 12:29 pm

We normally visit in Winter as well, May/June and I still go for shorts and t-shirt, but when starting out early at gate opening time add a light cardigan/jacket and one of those throws for around my legs.

Usually by 10am or so the weather has warmed up enough to ditch the extras, and enjoy the glorious sunny weather that prevails at that time of year, average max. around 32 at midday.

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Unread post by Meandering Mouse » Wed Oct 19, 2005 3:54 pm

I arrived in Kruger on Wednesday, 12th.
The temperature was 43 degrees in my car.
We were all dying of heat.
The next day we woke up, the wind was howling and there was cloud cover.
Although it was still moderate, for open drives it was uncomfortable.
My bottom line, take one good track suit and a wind breaker.
After that, who cares.
Oh yes, and no matter how hot, take a jersey.
You can always dress down, but not up.
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Unread post by Snoobab » Wed Jan 18, 2006 8:30 am

Hi Silvina and welcome.
During the day Mozzies are not really a problem so nice cool clothes are a good idea. At Night I normally wear long sleeve cotton shirts with tracksuit pant and shoes and socks.
Lots of Tabard, Citronella candles and burning of insect coils should work.

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Unread post by neumannr » Wed Jan 18, 2006 2:24 pm

During the day...the coolest option is best cause it sure gets toastie out there...but night time I would also say tracksuit...and long sleeve cotton top...but on night rides and if not around camp fire can get little cold.

Tabard or something of that sort for the insects is a must...because they will eat you alive with the smallest bit of encouragement! :lol:

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Unread post by LittleLeopard » Wed Jan 18, 2006 9:34 pm

Hi Silvina! You must also not forget the importance of good, sensible and comfortable walking shoes or decent sandals to protect against rocks, snakes, etc. especially in bushveld camps and on walks/trails. If you are planning to go on any long walks, make sure you have enough ankle support since the terrain might be uneven. :)

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Unread post by NightOwl » Thu Jan 26, 2006 3:41 pm

Nothing beats Cape union mart clothing. And I just LOVE the Old Khaki(brand) long pants with the zip-off leggs. I only pack one pair and it counts as a long pants and shorts. Very versatile. Drive during the day in the shorts and at night by the camp fire, I just zip the legs back on...

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Unread post by Meandering Mouse » Fri Jan 27, 2006 7:44 am

Cape Union Mart has brought in the "zip up" pants in more hi-tech material. One of the advantages of the material is its ease in washing. It dries easily without creasing. On my last trip one of the campers had a pair and he always looked pristine. He would just give in a quick wash each night and viola!
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Unread post by bert » Sat Feb 03, 2007 3:15 pm

Hi Familyfun
We always started with the famous Zipp-of pants and a fleece
And a pair of slippers in the car
When it got warmer the pants were transformed in short ones,
fleece went of and slippers instead of shoes and socks

If you intend to do a nightdrive dont forget gloves and something to cover your head. Can get cold in a open truck
And a windbreaker or something similar works wonders as well

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