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THIS MAY BE THE BEST TIME TO VISIT KRUGER

Posted on Monday, 11th May 2015

The month of May marks the beginning of the dry winter season in the Kruger National Park, arguably the best time of the year for viewing wildlife! As the mornings get colder and the days get drier the surrounding bush thins out and animals congregate around water holes, making them much easier to spot and track. (As opposed to the rainy Summer months when vegetation is dense and game viewing can be more difficult.)

The dry season is from May to September and the day temperatures are pleasantly mild, but the early mornings and late nights can be quite chilly so it is best to pack warm clothing.

This is also the low season and the camps and roads will be less busy. Throughout this time of the year there is low humidity, sunny skies and, of course, a lack of rain. Another huge advantage during the dry season is that there is very little risk of contracting malaria.

For the rest of the year, October to April, the scenery is lush and green and the temperature during the day easily pushes past 30 degrees celsius (an air-conditioned vehicle is advised!).

Whilst the dry months have their pull, the months of November and December see Kruger National Park teeming with newborns and spotting wildlife with their young can be a very memorable safari experience. Birding is also excellent during this time as the summer migrant birds arrive.

Despite a little bit of dust and cold, the dry season is definitely preferable for game viewing unless you specifically want to go birding or see newborn wild animals. The need for animals to find water during the winter months makes it much easier to locate them as they all migrate to waterholes or rivers, usually for a morning or afternoon drink.

Posted in Jewels of Southern Africa

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