Winter Game Drives: What to wear

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It’s true… a winter game drive here at Nambiti Hills Private Game Reserve can be bitterly cold. But it’s also breathtakingly beautiful especially when the sun breaks through the low-lying mist first thing in the early morning and you get to see wildlife bask in the warmth of the afternoon sun.

It’s a wonderful time of year for a game drive as the wild animals spend a lot of time in the open veld taking in as much sun as they can. The difference however, is that they have these naturally warming felts and coats which protect them from the chill. We, on the other hand, need to come prepared.

So here are some of my basic tips for winter game drive dressing, so you can forget about the cold and focus on the beauty that surrounds you.

FROM TOP TO TOE:
Did you know we lose heat from the top of our heads? So if your feet and head are covered up and kept warm, then you’re off to a great start. Make sure you’ve got a beanie or hat to keep your head snug and some thick socks to keep your toes toasty too. Closed takkies or boots are recommended – they’re also perfect if you want to head out on a guided walk.

THE MUST-HAVE JACKET:
An insulated parka, a bomber jacket, a hooded windbreaker or fleecy jumper… anything that will keep you warm and toasty on the inside. It does get warmer as the day moves on, so a jacket is useful because it’s easy to pull on and off as and when you need it.

THE ESSENTIALS:
It can get nippy sitting in the open air of a moving ranger vehicle, so come prepared with hats, gloves, scarves and beanies. Don’t forget about sunglasses and sunhats too. While it is cold, it’s also bright and beautiful and the African sun can still pack a punch.

Still no clue?
If you’re battling to find the perfect winter safari gear our Nambiti Hills Curio Shop is fully stocked with stylish insulated jackets that offer the best protection from the cold. Available for men and women, they’re modern, comfortable and come with Nambiti Hills branding so that when you leave, you take a little piece of the African Bush with you.

So what are you waiting for?
Pack your essentials and join us for an adventure-filled winter safari.

Ranger Kelwan