South Africa in September

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Jul 24th, 2005, 11:45 AM
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South Africa in September

Headed to Sabi Sabi and Cape Town in early September and would like some suggestions on a packing list for early spring.

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Jul 24th, 2005, 10:17 PM
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By 'packing' I assume you mean clothing...

Sabi Sabi will probably be quite warm to hot, temps in the upper twenties Celcius, could hit thirty, especially since we're having a very mild winter so far. Cape Town is still quite chilly that time of year, a cardigan or light jacket would be necessary expecially when the wind is blowing. Though you may find the odd few days where it's mid/upper twenties.

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Jul 25th, 2005, 04:27 AM
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Hi Austin,

Hope you enjoy your trip. I spent the end of August in Cape Town and the first week of September in the Sabi Sands last year (at Londolozi).

Cape Town was chilly, windy, rainy, and misty (6 out of 7 days -- the 7th day was warm and clear if a bit humid). Bring an umbrella and shoes which are suitable for lots of rain, and be prepared to re-schedule outdoor activities which may get rained out (e.g. Table Mountain). Fortunately there are lots of museums and other things you can visit if it's raining.

The Sabi Sands was, according to the staff at Londoz, unusually warm last year, and sounds like it will be unusually warm this year. It was a bit chilly (and sometimes misty) in the morning but got warm pretty quickly -- the end of the morning drive and the beginning of the evening drive were both T-shirt and shorts weather. For the chilly part, a light jacket, scarf, gloves, and a very light golf sweater sufficed (often, you didn't really need the scarf or gloves). It rained once -- more of a light sprinkle than real rain.

During the day, it was certainly warm enough to use the pool and the air-conditioning in my suite. The evenings were quite warm -- a light jacket was fine for the very end of the night drive, and you could eat dinner in shirt sleeves and light trousers.

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Julian
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