Best time for Safari in the Kruger

Best Time To Go To The Kruger

What is the best time to go on safari in Kruger

 Covering an area of twenty thousand square kilometres, it is the size of Israel and home to an abundance of flora and fauna that is unrivalled in Africa. The landscape ranges from baobab sprinkled skylines and thick mopane forests in the North to the open plains found in the South. Throughout the park, rocky outcrops dot the horizon and dense riverine thickets give plenty of cover for thousands of buffalo and provide enough branches to support the shy and elusive leopard. To visit the Kruger once will simply not be enough, but when is the best time to go? This is a question hotly debated by wildlife enthusiasts, and below we examine the options.

On Safari in Kruger: June - August

The mornings are crisp and clear, the temperature is mild and pleasant during the day and the animals tend to be more active. These few special months are when the dry season is really taking a hold on the bushveld. Vegetation becomes thin and water sources become scarce. The resulting effect is that animals become easier to photograph and tend to congregate around waterholes, meaning that finding wildlife (in theory) should be easier. The problem however, is that these months indicate the school holidays across Europe and in South Africa. This sees an influx of visitors which can make sightings and camps very crowded. If you are after a quiet and relaxed time away from the crowds, try to avoid these peak months.

On Safari in Kruger: September – November

The dry season still hasn’t broken, yet the temperatures start to rise. The crowds of July and August are a distant memory and the park has a peaceful serenity about it. The baked earth and withered trees gasp for rain but wildlife viewing is still incredible. The little foliage left means that those elusive creatures are generally easier to find. In November the rains promise a downpour and you may be lucky to be engulfed by one of Africa’s magnificent thunderstorms.

On Safari in Kruger: December – May

The rainy season is normally frowned upon by safari goers; the humidity is high and the probability of rain puts most people off. It can however, be a magical time of year to visit. With visitor numbers fewer than normal (apart from at Christmas and Easter), the rainy season provides emerald green backdrops to any scene. Elephants take delight in splashing around in mud pools and the impala rams rut to try and gain dominance. The rains also signal a baby boom. The abundance of food, for both prey and predator makes it a perfect time for the wildlife to have their young. If you are still undecided on when to go to the Kruger, then the best option would be to contact us. One of our Africa experts will happily talk to you through all your questions and possibilities.
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