Most visitors to Kruger National Park come for the wildlife, and it is widely recognized that the drier winter months (roughly May to October) are the best time for game viewing on safari in South Africa.

The summer months, although much hotter with the possibility of rain, also offer unique views.

Visiting in the winter months – from May to August

The dry winter season runs from May to August and is the best time to visit Kruger for game viewing and Kruger walking safaris. Vegetation is low and sparse, making it easier to spot and track animals, and constant water sources provide enjoyable game viewing.

In June-August, there are few mosquitoes, almost no rain, and the temperature is pleasantly warm during the day and refreshingly cool at night.

At the end of the winter months, it is often unbearably hot, but the concentration of animals around water sources is greatest.

Pros and cons of visiting in the winter months

Pluses Cons
Wildlife congregates around water; the vegetation thins out, which makes viewing much easier Morning games in open cars are cold
Mild daytime temperature and low humidity Dirt roads become dusty
Sunny skies and no rain Warm clothes are mandatory
There is practically no risk of malaria  

Visit from September to December

Summer rains begin in November, are heaviest in January and February, and end in April. Kruger transforms into a lush green landscape that is perfect for photos.

From the end of November to the beginning of December, the park is filled with newborns, and wildlife watching with their little ones is an unforgettable safari experience in Kruger Park. This is also the best time to visit the Kruger National Park for bird watching.

Pros and cons of visiting in the winter months

Pluses Cons
Lush green vegetation Summer rains can spoil the passage of cars
There are many baby animals around The daytime temperature is very high
Predators are often found on the hunt The nights are sweaty and hot
Bird watching is good  

Green scenes in the summer months

Summer is the rainy season. Rains fill rivers and reservoirs, giving the bushveld a lush appearance. Summer game viewing can be more difficult due to dense vegetation. Migratory birds arrive in summer, bird watching at its peak.

During the day, temperatures may reach 30 degrees Celsius with prolonged rain or afternoon thunderstorms. Camping can be unpleasant. It is recommended to travel in an air-conditioned vehicle and stay in air-conditioned accommodation.

Pros and cons of visiting in the winter months

Pluses Cons
The bushveld becomes green and lush The daytime temperature is very high
Birds at their peak Camping can be unpleasant

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February, March, October, November are calm months

Although the park is busy year-round, the quietest months are February and March at the beginning of the year, followed by October and November at the end. Since there are no school holidays at this time, it is quiet, with fewer cars on the roads and less spectacle.

The month of October is known for its hot, dry winds and colorless, sparse vegetation. As the rivers and dams are low, large concentrations of game can still be seen and birding is generally good.

Pros and cons of visiting in the winter months

Pluses Cons
Not many cars and people The days are very hot
Migratory birds come to the park Dried fruits prevail
Obvious signs of spring  

PHOTO: A herd of elephants is leaving the gates of Kruger Park!

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