å Kruger National Park Safari Calendar | Best Times to Visit Kruger
A travel calendar of when to visit the Kruger National Park, with seasonal safari highlights.
December to March
- This is the height of summer and daytime temperatures can soar to well above 35 °C (up to 100 °F)
- At night it cools down to 20 °C
- The rains take the form of dramatic thunderstorms, or sometimes a soft drizzle, that can last for a couple of days
- It is a time of abundance: there are lots of baby animals and therefore lots of predators and action
- The bush is lush and green
- The birdlife is prolific: many seasonal and migratory birds can only be seen during this time
- Game viewing can be a bit more difficult due to the lush, thick vegetation but it's very rewarding
- Kruger is truly a year-round destination and even the summer months won't disappoint!
April and May
- The start of the dry season and a superb time for going on safari
- Animals start returning to the rivers and waterholes as the rain puddles dry up
- The bush starts turning from green to brown and it becomes easier to spot wildlife
- Migratory birds start to head north
- Temperatures are not as hot anymore but days can still be around 25-30 °C, the early mornings can be chilly
June to September
- Winter is the dry season and peak safari time in the Kruger Park
- Animals flock to the remaining water sources and one can spend some very productive time waiting at waterholes for animals to come and drink
- Predators lie in wait for their prey near the waterholes and exciting game viewing is guaranteed
- The bush is drier and starts thinning out as the remaining grass gets trampled and eaten
- By the end of the dry season, the ground is barren and dusty
- During the day it is often warm and sunny (20-25 °C) but at night the temperature can drop to 10 °C or below
- Bring warm clothes for the morning and evening game drives
October and November
- The height of the dry season and the start of the rainy season
- There's a definite air of expectancy as the animals and bush eagerly await the rains
- The first rains can fall as early as September, but often the bush stays dry until October and only sees decent rains in November
- When the rains are late, many waterholes dry up and animals desperately compete for the remaining water sources
- Before the rains, the bush is dry, dusty and what little grass remains is brown and trampled
- The game viewing can be spectacular
- Expect hot weather during the day, reaching well above 30°C on most days, sometimes up to 40°C
- During November, soon after the first rains, the impala ewes give birth in their thousands and the time of abundance begins again
- The bush transforms within a matter of days from lifeless to blooming, from dusty brown to vivid green.
- This is an exciting time to be on safari, perhaps one of the best times to visit Kruger.
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