Clothing for Sept-Oct in Botswana


May 11th, 2004, 12:06 PM
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Clothing for Sept-Oct in Botswana

We are going to the Okavango Delta (Jao and Sandibe Camps) starting the last week in September, followed by a visit to Vic Falls and on to the Manyeleti Reserve (Tintswalo Lodge) in SA. What kind of clothing will we need? We know it will be hot during the day, but will we need jackets and long pants at night and in the early AM? Any other suggestions much appreciated!
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May 11th, 2004, 01:58 PM
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If you're doing early and late gamedrives in open vehicles, the wind picks up and it is chilly, even cold. Though most vehicles have blankets, its a good idea to have your own, so I would suggest you pack a scarf, hat, gloves, socks, and a thermal t-shirt, an have some sort of jacket or heavy sweater.

By the time it's after breakfast you can get rid of these extra items. But later in the day, though it might still be warm when you go out at 4pm with the sun still shining, it gets chilly as soon as the sun starts to set, so don't forget the extras for night drives.

And since you'll be in malaria areas, with mosquito biting time between dusk to dawn, you should wear long pants, shirts, sweater, socks when going to dinner and don't forget the repellent on exposed skin.
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May 11th, 2004, 02:13 PM
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Just to add to Sandi's comments about mosquitoes: While in Chobe close to Kasane last week there were no mosquitoes that we saw but then again we were coverered head to toe with permethrin treated clothes and DEET sprayed exposed skin. However we met a Londoner who had just spent 3 nights in the Delta. She said she was quite bite-free wearing long sleeves and pants until one night she wore open toe sandals. The next morning her feet were covered in bites to the extent she thought she had actually broken out with a rash. However, the camp manager told her they were definitely mosquito bites. I saw her big toe alone had 6 bumps on it. It was uncomfortable simply looking at all those bites.
Who knows what the mosquitoes will be like in 4 months but please consider bringing some type of long sleeves and pants just in case!
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