Safari clothing in South Africa – Spring

One of the most frequent questions we are asked is what safari clothing to pack, so I attempt to answer this question at the beginning of each season. Given its our Spring (Mid August to October), lets look at spring packing…

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The ‘shoulder months’ of Spring and Autumn are always a tricky one as far as safari clothing is concerned. Temperatures may vary wildly within an average two week holiday period as you never know when Winter will change to Spring or Spring to Summer…

Spring-like weather starts in late August – later in Cape Town and along the Garden Route, but there is no guarantee of this. As in Europe and the States, spring often 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. Hats and umbrellas can be purchased easily here if needed.
Even if the days are warm and sunny, night time temperatures will be noticeably cooler so have a warmer jacket for the evenings – pashminas for women work well.

If you are spending some time on safari, be prepared for low temperatures once the sun has set, and also in the early morning.

So bring a variety of safari clothes – both warm and hot weather options – t-shirts, short-sleeved tops, pedal pushers, swim gear – especially if you are spending time in the Kruger but be ready for temperatures to change quite suddenly.

Safari clothing in South Africa – Spring packing list

•    Warm jacket or sleeveless jacket for the start and end of the day
•    Lighter shirts, including short sleeves, and perhaps pedal pushers for the day
•    Comfortable walking shoes
•    Long trousers for evening (both in case of mosquitos or sudden cooler weather)
•    Neutral colours if you intend to do a walking safari

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Kate Bergh is co-founder of Cedarberg African Travel, a specialist tour operator for Southern and East Africa.

She heads up the South African office, having lived in South Africa since 1993. Her home looks up to the Cedarberg Mountains, where she enjoys hiking and cycling, when she’s not out discovering new places to visit, with her three children in tow. Kate has travelled extensively throughout the region to Kenya, Tanzania, Malawi, Zambia, Namibia, Botswana, Mozambique and Zimbabwe as well as most areas of South Africa. She also loves history, meeting people and a good thriller...

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