å Kruger National Park Safari Calendar
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 30 °C (up to 100 °F). At night it cools down to 20 °C. The rains are here in the form of dramatic thunderstorms, and sometimes a soft drizzle that can last for a couple of days. It is a time of abundance, lots of baby animals and therefore lots of predator action. The bush is lush and green, and the birdlife is prolific. Many seasonal and migratory birds can only be seen during this time. Game viewing during this time is a bit more difficult due to the lush vegetation but still very rewarding. Kruger is truly a year round destination and even the summer months won't disappoint.
April and May
The beginning of the dry season and a great 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 head north. Temperatures are not as hot anymore but still around 25-35 °C during the daytime.
June to September
This 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. During the day it is warm (20-25 °C) but at night the temperature can drop to 10 °C so 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, when the bush waits in eager anticipation for the rains to come. The first rains can fall as early as September, but usually the bush stays dry until October and only sees decent rains in November. Many waterholes dry up and animals desperately compete for the remaining water sources. Before the rains, the bush is dry, dusty and the remaining grass is brown and trampled. The game viewing can be spectacular. The days become hotter, reaching well above 30 °C on most days. In late 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, and from dusty brown to vivid green. This is an exciting time to be on safari.