Kruger National Park Travel Guide

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Best Times to Visit Kruger National Park

The best time to visit Kruger National Park is at the beginning or end of the region's dry season, which falls between April and September. During Kruger's dry season, temperatures are mostly pleasant (with nighttime temps dipping into the high 40s and daytime temps occasionally reaching into the mid-80s). What's more, vegetation is sparse and water levels are low due to the lack of rain, meaning visitors will have a better chance of spotting animals. However, extreme dry seasons can also result in increased animal deaths, so it's best to avoid visiting in July, August and September, the season's driest months. And in the rainy season (from October to March), abundant rainstorms and foliage can make it difficult to see animals.

Weather in Kruger National Park

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Average Temperature (°F)
91.2
69.4
90.1
68.7
88.7
67.1
85.3
61.7
82
54
77.9
47.5
78.1
48.2
81
51.8
84.7
57.4
85.8
61.9
88
65.3
89.6
68
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Jul
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Sep
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Average Precipitation (in)
3.8
3.99
3.99
1.17
1.17
0.24
0.29
0.26
0.68
1.45
2.87
3.61
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Data sourced from the National Climatic Data Center

October-March

As its name implies, Kruger's rainy season is filled with subtropical rainstorms. Though the park's landscape will be beautiful to photograph at this time, more foliage and poor visibility from the rain will make it harder to see animals. Plus, mosquitoes are more prevalent during wet periods, and many safari vehicles are open to the elements, so bush walks and game drives can be a bit uncomfortable in the rain. Daytime temperatures in the rainy season average in the mid-80s to low 90s, while evening temps will fall into the low to high 60s.

April-September

The early and late months in Kruger's dry season offer ample opportunities to spot animals. Limited water and vegetation result in fewer viewing obstructions, and animals will typically congregate around what little water can be found in the park. The season's middle months are also great for game viewing, as long as the area does not have an uncharacteristically dry year. Rain showers are few and far between, so plan on leaving your umbrella at home. Mosquitoes won't be as much of a nuisance during the day, but travelers should still wear insect repellent with DEET as a precaution. Average highs will sit comfortably between the high 70s and mid-80s, with cooler temps in the high 40s to low 60s coming at night.

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