A Winter Wonderland...Yes, Africa really does get cold!
There’s something special about winter in the African bush. The chilly mornings and evenings have a crispness to them that you just don’t get in an urban environment, and the skies are always a beautiful, deep blue.
We are blessed here at Nyala Sands with wonderfully warm, sun-filled days with average daytime temperatures of up to 27 deg C… So you can still enjoy the African sun and give your summer shorts and T-shirts some extra mileage. While swimming may be a little bit of a push (the pool water temperature tends to drop dramatically because of the cold nights) there’s always time for sunbathing and soaking up some much-needed Vitamin D!
Our main deck area overlooks a beautiful little permanent waterhole which sees a regular stream of wildlife coming down to drink throughout the days and nights. The winter months are dry and the bush has thinned out significantly, making water of any description a magnet for animals of all shapes and sizes. So it’s always nice to sit out on the deck, with a lovely gin and tonic in hand, and watch life in the bush unfold in front of you!
Game drives in the winter can be a bit of a jolt to the senses. In the early mornings it is still quite dark (the sun is only poking its head above the horizon at around 06h30 in the mornings!) and extremely chilly – especially on an open game vehicle. But once the sun comes up it begins to warm up exponentially. Conversely, when you set out on your afternoon game drive it will still be warm, but as the sun begins to dip the temperature will dip with it. This means you need layers of clothing! In the morning you start off with them all on and peel them off as the temperature gets higher, and in the afternoons you start off minimally and add the layers as you need them.
Believe it or not but a beanie hat, scarf and gloves will also be needed for mid-winter game drives. Yes, Africa really does get cold, because there’s no cloud cover to keep the warmth in when the sun goes down. So please remember to pack for the season in which you are travelling! Ask us for advice if you’re not sure!