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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