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Botswana safari in September-how cold is early morning?

Jul 10th, 2019, 01:11 PM
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Botswana safari in September-how cold is early morning?

We are gearing up for a trip to Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe, Botswana and South Africa. We will be at two separate safari camps in Botswana in the first two weeks of September. There are strict weight and dimension requirements for luggage (soft sided duffels) and I want to ensure that we pack appropriately for variable temperatures. Just how cold is the morning game drive? Will a light fleece under a soft shell or windbreaker jacket suffice? It seems overkill to bring packable down when daytime temperatures appear to be in the mid to high 20's. Some travelers have also suggested that warm blankets are also offered. I would be grateful for any insights from those who have done a similar trip.
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Jul 11th, 2019, 07:20 AM
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I was in Botswana (I assume you mean northern areas, Okavango/Linyanti) early Sept on one trip and South Africa/Sabi Sands on another, and I found Botswana not to be as chilly. And I'm always cold. A mid-weight fleece, and maybe a hat or scarf if you like (to cut wind from moving vehicle), should suffice. The And most camps do have some sort of blanket or other wrap in the truck, which I would put on my lap, since, as I said above, I'm always cold. It typically warms up within an hour or so after starting out on the morning drive. Evenings get cool quickly (in the moving vehicle) if you stay out for sundown and drive back to camp afterwards, but not quite as cool as start of morning game drives.
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Jul 12th, 2019, 02:33 PM
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Which camps will you visit? I just wrote a long post only to have it disappear, so give me the camps (I've visited quite a few) and I will give you my advice. For sure, bring a knit or fleece cap for early mornings and after-sunset drives. Inquire if there are nights when you will go straight from the game drive to an outdoor boma dinner; if so, bring a shawl or sweater on the afternoon drive.

We will be in Zimbabwe this coming September..where will you be in that country? We will not be returning to Vic Falls, only to game lodges.
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Jul 12th, 2019, 03:30 PM
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I am also interested in this, though itís early October weíll be there. I understand itís going to be very hot in the afternoon, but am concerned about night, early morning and evening drives.

In Sept in South Africa I brought, and needed, many layers of wool in the a.m. it was freezing in the vehicle!

Will be solely in the north for twelve night.
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Jul 12th, 2019, 09:34 PM
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I was in Botswana at that time, in the Delta, Linyanti and Moremi. It is only cold in the vehicle for an hour or so in early morning and after dark. Do you know if you can do night drives at your camps? I would bring a fleece and a windbreaker to cover it with, along with a knit cap and maybe gloves.
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Jul 12th, 2019, 11:33 PM
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We will be at the River Lodge in Vic Falls, then on to the Machaba camp followed by the Gometi Plains camp. The all have morning and night drives with other activities as well. I am stressing as to how to survive with a 30 lb luggage allowance. We are ending our trip in urban settings, Cape Town and stellenbosch. It is a challenge to pack for both environments!
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Jul 13th, 2019, 08:51 AM
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Thanks ekscrunchy. We’ll be at Bushman Plains, Kwando Splash and Lagoon. There will be night drives. We’re allowed 44 lbs.

Sounds like I’ll be taking all the same stuff I used in SA. Will just have to look like a hick on the plane and in Cape Town. There are worse things!
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Jul 13th, 2019, 09:03 AM
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pirouette, are you certain that your allowance is only 30ibs? Just checked my info from our TA, who states that all countries of Southern Africa allows 44 lbs.
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Jul 14th, 2019, 04:10 AM
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It is not the regulation of the countries; it is the small planes that are used by some camps. No hard-sided bags, no wheels, limited weight.
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Jul 14th, 2019, 06:48 AM
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Yes, ekscrunchy, that’s what my TA was referring to.
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