Winter in the bushveld
It’s that time of year again when no safari is enjoyable without your warm winter coat, your beanie and scarf at hand. One may be thrown off by the hot midday weather come noon, but let me tell you that early mornings and late evening are cold, exceptionally cold. During this season where temperatures fluctuate dramatically during the days, layers are very important! At 6:30 am upon departure for game drive your jacket will be zipped up, your scarf folded around your face and neck with merely your eyes sticking out, and your toes so frozen that you can hardly feel them. But, come 11:30 am and you’ll be walking around in a t-shirt. That’s the lowveld for you.
One of the best things about winter is surely the game viewing. During the dry winter season, once the bush becomes less dense, animals are easier to spot on safari and tend to be out and about more frequently. In comparison to summer months, its usually so hot that the animals stay hidden under any type of shade they can find and don’t move about until late evenings once its cooler.
Winter time sees the aloes coming into full bloom with warm colours ranging from bright red to oranges and yellows. These blooming succulents attract all kinds of insects and birds that feed on the energy-rich sap of these plants.
The cold of the winter encourages many enjoyable BOMA evenings at Motswari. Not only does the BOMA fire keep our guests nice and warm and cosy, but it provides an incredible ambience when dining under the stars – true South African culture, sitting around the fire. Of course, with those chilly evenings comes the most hearty and delicious food prepped by our talented chefs. With an array of warm dishes on the side, BOMA dinners usually consist of a traditional braai, potjie kos or some kind of curry. Not forgetting our exceptional dancing, which promises to get you off your chair, performed by staff members.
All in all, winter in the lowveld is quite the experience, and for many, the best time to visit Motswari.