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Clothing for Africa overland

Postby dan3005 » Mon May 06, 2013 3:59 pm

Hi guys. Going on the botswana and falls trip. What type of clothes do most people wear? Is it long walking trousers and boots etc? Cheers :)
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Re: Clothing for Africa overland

Postby georginal » Thu May 09, 2013 3:46 pm

Boots are OK, but you may find them too hot, but many people just use flip flops. Must have at least one set of long sleeves and trousers for the evenings as a safeguard against those mossies. Otherwise shorts and tshirts good for daytime activities and travelling.
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Re: Clothing for Africa overland

Postby ExplorerWannaBe » Tue May 14, 2013 12:41 pm

I wore convertible shorts/pants with a microfiber t-shirt and a supplex nylon overshirt (long sleeve with Swiss tabs to keep them rolled up) with cotton socks and trail running shoes. Boots are heavier and more cumbersome than you need. Different colored tee-shirts and overshirts enabled me to mix-and-match so I didn't have a lot of clothing but it didn't look like I was wearing the same bloody thing every day.

Microfibers and supplex nylon dry quickly so you can launder the clothes every 1-2 nights and still have it dry out overnight.
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Re: Clothing for Africa overland

Postby mojowp » Tue May 28, 2013 9:22 am

It all depends what time of the year you are going. June to August are their winter months.

We went in our summer, which was their winter. I can tell you that we camped and we woke up with ice in our tents! The average night temperature was about 5 degrees Celcius and sometimes colder.

We needed hoodies, and if you are easily chilled, you should have a light jacket. We wore winter tuques at night.

During the day, it was an average 25 degrees Celcius. It was very comfortable to wear shorts and t-shirts.

Because it was cooler, we did not have the mosquito, scorpion, and snake problems that are constantly a problem in their summer months. That was a relief! We only saw one snake because they were all hibernating.

The days are much shorter in their winter and it gets dark early. I would recommend getting up early in the dark and leaving early because there is a lot of driving on these tours. Then you will arrive at your new location and get to see things. Some other tour groups would sleep in and break down their camps in the daylight but then they would arrive at their new location in the dark. If you do that, you don't get a chance to do the day activities that are at the new location. On these tours, you don't linger in a place too long. At times, because of the early darkness, we missed the day activity and left the next day for our new location. That was a shame.

So, the question is, are you going in their winter or their summer time? That makes a big difference in the clothing choices.
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