south africa / victoria falls in November

Old Sep 11th, 2007, 10:54 AM
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south africa / victoria falls in November

I looked at the chart and it looks like it's good to fair game viewing at this time.

We are looking to go to Mala Mala or comparable resort, spend an overnight or 2 in Victoria falls, potentially do a Chobe river cruise, and spend a few days in Cape Town. Will I be disappointed this time of year?

I am trying to plan the wedding around when I think a better time to go would be (late September / early October) but running into pricing issues there. Can I just cancel the wedding instead
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Old Sep 11th, 2007, 11:40 AM
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Victoria Falls will be hot and humid in November. And while many wish to see the Falls in full flow, you really can't see much at that time but for lots of mist, hear it from miles away and need a raincoat to protect yourself.

In November, the falls are at lower flow and this give you an idea of just how amazing they are. Sure there will be water and "thunder" but we found it a more pleasant experience than if we had to be under cover and protecting our camera equipment.

The Kruger park area and private reserves will also be hot and humid; often offering amazing thunderstorms in the afternoons.

Capetown and surrounding areas, on the other hand, had ideal daytime temperatures, though the nights did get quite nippy as they have these dark clouds rolling in over the city that drop the temps.

Generally though, we found the weather during November to be ideal.

Can't comment on prices, sorry!
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Old Sep 11th, 2007, 06:24 PM
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Chobe area will be more spectacular in Sept/Oct .... to see the big herds of elephants. Once the rains arrive, they disperse every which way .....
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I was in Capetown, Chobe and Vic Falls at the end of Nov/early Dec(my first but definitely not last trip to Africa). The falls were amazing from the Zim side (even though it was low season) saw lots of animals at Chobe but not the 10's of thousands of elephants that I had read about. It was hot and humid (didn't bother me) but the room had AC and had a little rain but did not interfere with the game drives or river cruises at all. Never saw a single mosquito either. Capetown was magnificent, perfect weather. My photos are buried somewhere in Fodors.

I am going back to Mala Mala on my next trip doing nothing but game drives

Congratulations on your weddding AND going to Africa! <)
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it's a great time for elephant concentrations around the Chobe. Good general game as well.

If you opt for the Falls stick on the Zimbabwean side.

Mala Mala, like other properties in the Sabi Sand has year round game, no migration, so you should not be disappointed there.
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