Seasons at Meloti Valley Private Game Destination

Spring and Summer is a time when the bush is green, lush and thick. It is also the time of year when the reserve is filled with many newborn animals. Temperatures range from:
 Spring (Sept - Nov)

 Avg. Minimum

Avg.  Maximum

 20°C / 68°F

31°C / 87°F

 Summer (Dec - Feb)

Avg. Minimum

Avg. Maximum

 22°C / 71°F

35°C / 95°F

 
 Autumn and Winter are the dry month's, the bush is less dense and with a lack of water, animals frequent the waterholes more often. Temperatures range from:
 Autumn (March - May)

 Avg. Minimum

Avg. Maximum

 19°C / 66°F

28°C / 82°F

 Winter (Jun - Aug)

Avg. Minimum

Avg. Maximum

12°C / 53°F

25°C / 77°C

What to pack for your visit:

  • Dress completely informal. Neutral colours recommended. 
  • Windbreaker or warm jacket for winter and nights around the fires.
  • Comfortable walking shoes.
  • Drinking water
  • Swimming costume - each of our Camps has a cool natural pool.
  • Binoculars, camera and video camera.
  • Sunhats and sunglasses.
  • Sunscreen.
  • Insect repellent

Please note that Meloti Valley is situated outside a malaria area.

A guide to photography:

 

Recommended equipment

Any good camera will do. If you want flexibility and the opportunity of capturing that really fantastic shot then any good quality digital or 35mm SLR (single lens reflex, as opposes to a compact camera with automatic controls) camera body will be needed. There are many models and makes to look at, but it's important that the camera shoots at least five frames per second so that you do not miss the action. With a compact camera there is a slight delay between pushing the trigger and the shot being captured; whereas a SLR is instant. Some of the new Nikon SLR cameras offer excellent low-light capabilities giving you more opportunities when the light begins to fade.

Suggested lens selection

You will get extremely close to wildlife so it is not necessary to have huge lenses. A good zoom lens is your best option and will offer best flexibility.

Zoom lenses

Fast lenses with an F stop of F4 through to F2.8 are best. Great all purpose lenses in this range are the 70-200mm f2.8, 200-400 f4 or 100-400 f5.6 lenses. With both these lenses you will have plenty on lens at all times and enough speed to keep your image nice and sharp.

Multi purpose lenses

Most SLR bodies come with a standard lens; otherwise a lens with a 24-70mm range would be ideal to take landscape shots and general travel/ people shots.

Prime or fixed lenses

These are lenses that have a fixed length starting from 200mm and going up to 600mm. These are excellent lenses but very expensive and not always necessary. These lenses are wonderful in low light conditions, are very fast and offer great abrasion/shallow depths of fields giving your portrait shot that sharp look with a blurred background. However, they do tend to be heavy and need to be shot on a tripod or support of some kind.

Converters

Put in a 1.4 or 2 x converter if you can. It's always worth having and gives your lens that little more if you realty need it or if you want to take photos of birds.