And we’re back with our second Ready, Steady, TRAVEL. Are you ready for some handy travel tips because we’re ready to give it!
We have to start this edition off by mentioning the amazing sightings we have had in the Park this past week on our safaris. Our guides have been particularly awesome and our guests extremely lucky. On Monday the guides found a Pangolin. For those of you that do not know what that is –
Pangolins have large, protective keratin scales covering their skin; they are the only known mammals with this adaptation. They live in hollow trees or burrows, depending on the species. Pangolins are nocturnal, and their diet consists of mainly ants and termites which they capture using their long, specially adapted tongues. They tend to be solitary animals, meeting only to mate and produce a litter of one to three offspring which are raised for about two years. Pangolins are threatened by hunting (for their meat and armor) and heavy deforestation of their natural habitats, and are the most trafficked mammal in the world. Of the eight species of pangolin, four species (Phataginus tetradactyla, P. tricuspis, Smutsia gigantea, and S. temminckii) are listed as vulnerable, two species (Manis crassicaudata and M. cullonensis) are listed as endangered, and two species (M. pentadactyla and M. javanica) are listed as critically endangered on the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species – Wikipedia
The big cats have also been particularly busy around the Skukuza area. Our guests have seen Cheetah, Leopards and Lions. One guest mentioned that he had actually seen 6 leopards in only 2 days, this is extraordinary! Our guests were also privy to a pair of lions enjoying some ‘alone time’ procreating for the species and the boys were roaring in very close proximity to camp a few nights ago. But the cats were not the only good sightings; have you ever seen Hippos fighting? We have! Guests were also treated to lots of Rhino sightings and a Honey badger made a surprise appearance.
Johannesburg is really experiencing serious winter weather. The first month of the South African winter officially starts in June. We would dare to say it is going to be a cold winter. Next week is going to be a typical winter month with tempters rarely going above 20⁰C, however the days are sunny and looking out of a window you might think that it will be warm – Don’t be fooled… You might think that we are exaggerating, which we may well be but we are South Africans, we’re freezing. Many times your trip to South Africa does not begin nor end in the Kruger National Park. Thus we thought it would be pretty handy telling you what the weather would be like in our main tourist cities; Cape Town and Johannesburg.
Cape Town is having pleasant weather. Winter is the time of year when the Capetonians are being drenched by rain, however this has not yet started. If you’re travelling in the Mother City this coming week you can look forward to mostly sunny weather with pleasant daytime temperatures. Only 3 of the next 7 days have chances of rain.
When looking at the below temperature predictions it would seem that the best place to be is definitely the Kruger National Park. The nights are perfect to snuggle up next to the camp fire and the days are warm summer weather.
|29 May||30 May||31 May||01 June||2 June||3 June|
|SUNNY||CHAINCES OF RAIN|
If you feel like double checking (because we all know he weather man can be wrong sometimes) feel free to check out this great website - http://www.worldweatheronline.com/
What to pack?
Like we said last week, this time of year you’ll be packing for two seasons while travelling our beautiful country. This being said, we know that means a lot of luggage. Here are a few tips to lighten your load;
- If you are staying at the same guest house or hotel before and after a safari we suggest that you leave some of your luggage in their safe keeping. At Outlook Lodge we have a dedicated luggage room were numerous guests leave unnecessary luggage while they enjoy the great Kruger Park weather.
- When packing toiletries try and use small bottles. Some brands sell travel size products or if you don’t want to buy those it is very useful refilling those old small hotel shampoo and lotion bottles. Keep in mind that we provide body wash, soap, body lotion and shampoo at our accommodations and safaris.
- Rolling up your clothes rather than folding the items also save a lot of space.T-shirts and short sleeve tops
What’s in the news?
You know those typical disaster movies where a lot of people die because of some virus… Well it happened in real life to a pack of endangered African Wild Dogs in the KNP. Read more here
Something serious action went down this week in the Kruger National Park, like something straight out of an movie and yes, the good guys won. Read more here
South Africa’s biggest domestic airlines are joining in on the #Runningmanchallenge. Check out the video
We hope that we have made your bags lighter, rescued you from awkward conversations and have you excited for your Kruger Park Safari
Until next time...
Ready, steady, TRAVEL!