One of the most frequent questions we are asked is what safari clothing should we pack. So I attempt to address this question with a blog post at the beginning of each season. As this does vary by season.
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In the meantime here are some essential pointers for people travelling in the African winter months from June to mid August…
Safari clothing in South Africa – Winter
I have lived in South Africa for nearly 20 years and have noticed that South Africans tend to ignore the fact that they have a winter. However our guests, used to wall to wall central heating, certainly feel it.
During winter, you will need to pack a range of clothing as the African winter varies from place to place.
In the Cape, where the winters are Mediteranean (think Spain or Italy or Southern California), the hotels and lodges are reasonably well-equipped with underfloor heating and roaring fireplaces. You might have some rain in the Cape so come prepared with a rainproof jacket.
‘What shall we wear on safari in South Africa’ (or any other african destination) is a frequently asked question. The answer to this varies very much by season.
Get our Insider Guide to What to Wear on Safari below for the ‘full monty’ & useful packing lists…
I will summarize some essential pointers for people travelling in the African spring months from mid August to October…
Note: In the Cape spring starts and ends later than up in the Kruger area. Similarly further north towards the equator, Zambia and Botswana are getting very hot by mid to late September.
Safari clothing in South Africa – Spring
The ‘shoulder months’ of Spring and Autumn are always a tricky one as far as packing is concerned. Temperatures may vary considerably within an average two week vacation period. As you never know when Winter will change to Spring or indeed Spring to Summer…
Spring-like weather starts in mid August – later in Cape Town, the Garden Route and Eastern Cape. But there is no guarantee of this. As in the States & Europe, spring brings variable weather – beautiful for days and then a bit cold and rainy for day or two. Rain might occur if you are in the Cape so bring a rainproof jacket and comfortable walking shoes.
The beautiful beaches of the Seychelles …
If your idea of paradise is a really pretty beach, then you’re in good company.
It’s a widely held belief that Praslin in the Seychelles was the original ‘Garden of Eden’. Given that the Seychelles is composed of 115 tiny islands, there is probably more shoreline in this country than most. And a lot of it is just perfect natural beauty. So which are the best beaches in the Seychelles? This is a hotly disputed topic.
The beaches and Islands:
One of many notable beaches is Anse Intendance on the largest island of Mahé. It’s wide with fine powder sand and the characteristic drooping palms that seem to stretch longingly toward the glass-clear turquoise waters. The large swells and strong currents suits surfing more than swimming. For safe swimming and snorkeling with no strong current, try lively and popular Fairyland beach in the south-west of Mahé, close to Anse Royale. La Pleine beach in the Port Launay marine park is also pretty with calm waters.