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When to go on a Kruger Safari


Kruger National Park is open all year round.

There is no perfect time to go. 

The Park can be a very different experience in different seasons. 


Using this guide, we help you to decide...

Summer. December - February

  • Hot and humid.
  • You may prefer an air-conditioned room or car.
  • The bush is lush with more of a jungle feel.
  • Rainy days and thunder storms.
  • You will have great sightings on the road after a shower.
  • Warm mornings so easier to get up.
  • Earlier gate openings.
  • You may need a rest during the day.
  • Birthing season so lots of baby animals.
  • High Malaria season and lots of bugs.
  • Busy around Christmas/New Year.



Autumn. March - May
  • Still warm but with cooler nights.
  • Less busy after Easterseason.
  • Less rainfall.
  • Pleasant evenings by the campfire in May.
  • The grasses are tall by April.
  • It can be hard to spot animals, particularly near Pretoriuskop Camp. 
Winter. June - August
  • Cold mornings and mild days.
  • Later gate opening time so can sleep in!
  • Warm clothing needed for mornings and game drives.
  • Bushland dry and sparse - less of a jungle feel.
  • Fires lit to maintain sustainability - so areas can look blackened.
  • Low Malaria season, less bugs.
  • More opportunity to enjoy camp life and evenings around a campfire.
  • Predators can be hard to spot when lying down - they are the same colour as the dry grass.


Spring. September to November

  • September - can be deceptively warm & dry.
  • Dusty, windy days before the rains.
  • Game congregates around waterholes.
  • Few bugs before the rains.
  • Magnificent thunderstorms in late October.
  • November can be cool and pleasant.
  • Migrating birds come with the rains.




Spotlight on weather in and around Kruger National Park



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