Need your help...first time on safari!


Nov 14th, 2004, 07:24 PM
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Need your help...first time on safari!

I need some help. My wife and I are going on our first safari in December/January and do not know what type of clothing to bring. We will be in South Africa (Kruger), Botswana (Linyati region) and Zambia. Some general questions:
-Can we wear t-shirts/tank tops and shorts during the day or do we have to wear long sleeves and long pants to prevent mosquitos from biting us?
-At night, what will the temperature be like? Should we bring sweaters/zip up sweatshirts?

We are quite confused because while it will be very warm during the day and would like to wear tank tops and shorts, we are concerned about malaria. In addition, we are not sure how hot it will be at night. Please help!

Thank you,
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Nov 15th, 2004, 03:59 AM
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December/January are summer and the days will be hot with the possibility of showers. For morning and evening game drives you will be in open vehicles and the wind does pick up when these get going. While the rangers and trackers are in shorts and short-sleeve shirts, they do have jackets with them. And the vehicles do have blankets.

Visitors, however, tend to wear long pants, long sleeve shirts and a warm jacket as the temps can dropped quite a bit... more so it's rather nippy during morning game drives.

During the day, some people wore shorts and short sleeve shirts - never saw anyone in tank tops, unless they were wearing a shirt over these. But this is always dependent on just how hot or humid it actually is. It's not unusual to see folks with caps, scarves, socks and even gloves during these game drives, rather then those shivering as they're not appropriately dressed.

As to the mossies - Malaria mossies bite between dusk to dawn when you should be covered including wearing socks, and apply repellent with deet on exposed skin - back of neck, ears (avoid the face), lower arms and hands, ankles. This should be washed off before going to bed and if your room/tent provide mosquito net, sleep under it; if spray, then spray your sleeping area. And, of course, do not forget to take your malaria meds while visiting all countries.

There are other flying things found during the day, so if you tend to be a meal for anything flying - repellent should be applied during the daytime hours as well.

As to clothing to pack, if working with a tour operator whether from your home country or one in-country (Africa) should be sending you a recommended packing lists.

You might also want to do a search on this board in the box on top of the page - enter "safari clothing" "what to pack safari" then click "find" button to the right... a list of threads with such information will appear at the right column, so read them. But do remember if you are using light aircraft between countries/regions you will have weight limits to what you can take - believe it's 25lbs. However, you can have laundry done at camps/lodges for a small fee, if any. Best done at properties where you will be for aa least a minimum two days. Hope this helps you get started.
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Nov 15th, 2004, 07:40 AM
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Sandi that definitely helps. Thank you very much!
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