When is the best time of the year to visit the Kruger National Park?
This is one of the most commonly asked questions we get from visitors. And to be honest, timing can be one of the most important things to consider when booking your Kruger Park safari.
The Kruger National Park is in one of the warmest regions of South Africa and by midday in the middle of winter, it can feel very “summery”.
Summer in the Kruger can get intense. There are legends told about the heat emitted from the African sun and they all ring quite true. Summer in the Kruger generally starts at the beginning of October and only eases up towards March. Not only are these months really hot, but they are accompanied by humidity that can make sleeping uncomfortable if you don’t have the right accommodation.
The Kruger is also in a summer rainfall area. Most days end with an awe inspiring thunderstorm and a deluge of rain. This is the perfect way to end the day and it also means that the vegetation grows thick and fast. While this can obstruct your viewing pleasure, when you are seated in the back of a safari vehicle, you will be at just the right height to see just about everything. The extra vegetation also means more grazing animals, which can increase your chances of seeing a kill.
The downside of visiting during the summer is that certain times of the day are not ideal for seeing animals. When the sun reaches its zenith, the animals shy away from the heat and can be very difficult to spot. This means you’ll have to be up very early in the morning and head out late in the afternoon to see anything. And during the other hours of the day, you might want to take some inspiration from the animals and do as little as possible.
Another way to make the most of the hours when the animals might be sheltering out of sight is to visit a few of the parks memorial sites, museums, and other attractions in and around the rest camps.
For most guests, the winter is the ideal time of the year. The days are still warm enough for it to be very enjoyable to be outdoors, but not too hot that you find it unpleasant. The winter months run from about the end of March to the end of August. The days start later and end earlier, but you can still get plenty of enjoyment out of the winter days.
There is also the benefit of the vegetation not being overgrown to the point of it being impossible to see anything. The winter months are for sitting around the fire at night, sharing tales of the day’s animal sightings.
If you are unsure about what time of the year you should book your Kruger Park safari, you can always have a chat with our team.