Ready, Steady, TRAVEL!
It has been a while since we last gave you some handy travel tips. Time has flown by at a scary pace. Winter is now quickly turning into Spring, the Olympics are over and the end of the year is rushing towards us.
So to start you off here are the weather forecasts for this week:
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The Johannesburg temperatures are steadily changing to pleasant Spring weather. The evenings are still quite chilly with lovely, sunny days. The perfect weather for any vacation.
Cape Town is experiencing much warmer evening temperatures and during the day is more or less the same temperatures as Johannesburg. Watch out though for that nasty wind that the Cape is renowned for. Moving into the weekend Cape Town has somewhat rainy weather to look forward to. Take this weekend to do plenty of Wine Routes and enjoy all the fine dining the Mother City has to offer. It is suggested to try and stay in indoors and stay dry.
In Skukuza the weather is rather confusing at the moment: chilly mornings with scorchers in the afternoon, especially on Monday the 29th of August. The best packing advice we have is to plan a wardrobe that consists of layers. Pack a scarf and beanie as well, but don’t forget the swimsuit and lots of sun block.
Let’s not kid ourselves and believe every word the weather man says. Stay up to date with the weather, wherever you may be, by following this link for up-to-date weather forecasts - http://www.worldweatheronline.com/
What’s in the News
There is nothing worse than meeting strangers on your travels and not knowing what to say during those awkward silences. Here are a few interesting local news topics to help you break the ice.
Remember, never talk about politics, religion or sport...
Tip of the Week
When travelling through Africa one must always be cautious of the water you drink. However, there are certain areas in South Africa where the tap water is very safe for human consumption. If you are one of those people who do not mind drinking tap water, here are the spots where you can save a bit of money by enjoying the local H2O...
Tap water in urban areas is safe to drink and cook with. Tap water in the South African urban areas undergoes treatment which ensures it is free of harmful micro-organisms and contaminants. The South African Department of Water Affairs and Forestry maintains that South Africa's national standard of water quality compares well with World Health Organisation standards.
We would not advise you to drink water from any stream or river. If you find yourself in a situation where you do not have safe drinking and/or cooking water, you can disinfect it in the following ways:
- Boiling the water for 10 minutes, or
- Add a teaspoon of bleach per 25 litres or (allow the water to stand for 2 hours)
- Add a teaspoon of chlorine granules per 200l (allow the water to stand for 2 hours)
- Expose water to direct sunlight for at least 6 hours in a transparent container with a small airspace, shaking after filling, and every hour after that.
On an Outlook Safari our guests are provided with mineral water during vehicle transfers and refillable water bottles in the Kruger National Park, to refill with filtered water in our camp.
We hope that we have made your packing easier, put your minds at ease regarding your drinking water and saved you from some awkward silences.
Until next time...
Ready, steady, TRAVEL!