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The Kruger National Park is world renowned for its spectacular wildlife. It is the largest nature reserve in South Africa and indeed one of the largest on the continent. At 360km long and 65km wide the surface area surpasses that of the nearby country of Swaziland! Despite its size, the density of wild animals found here is one of the highest on the planet, making for superb viewing opportunities no matter where you are in the park.

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The southern and central regions of the Kruger are most frequented by visitors and for good reason: the game viewing is most reliable here. It is your best bet for lion and leopard sightings, especially common along the Sabie River between Lower Sabie and Skukuza. In central Kruger, the open grasslands are stocked with plenty of elephants while grass-feeders like wildebeest and buffalo attract predators like lion, cheetah and leopard.

Finally, in the far north, your reward is not only solitude from the crowds of the south but also an area of great natural beauty as the landscape here transforms from sub-tropical to tropical. Large concentrations of baobab trees are particularly beautiful. Unfortunately, big game sightings are less frequent in this part of the Kruger, although birding, especially in the summertime is quite spectacular.

Whether you are a solo traveller, a couple on a romantic getaway or a family looking for the quintessential safari adventure, Kruger caters for all. A host of accommodation options are a scattered across the park, ranging from campsites to family cottages, safari tents and exclusive guesthouses. The main camps are well stocked with modern amenities and most have shops, restaurants, pools and fuel stations.

If you are after total exclusivity or the ideal honeymoon getaway, head for one of the private concession areas within Kruger. Each concession is home to a number of world-class luxury lodges that provide five-star accommodation and cuisine, personal game rangers and tailor-made experiences.

Highlights

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  • The Kruger is one of the few places where you can see the world’s largest land mammals mere meters from your own vehicle. A vast network of good roads in the park provides excellent self-drive safari routes.
  • The park has a superb avian population (over 500 species!) and keen birders can cross off dozens of sightings during a visit. Keep an eye our for the Big 6: the martial eagle, the ground hornbill, the saddle-billed stork, the kori bustard, the lappet-faced vulture and the unique Pel’s fishing owl.
  • A number of guided walking trails, bookable at all main camps, offer a truly immersive bush experience. Hikers are accompanied by experienced armed game rangers who track elephant, rhino and lions on foot. Hikes vary in duration from a few hours to overnight excursions with catered dinners and luxury bush tents.
Practical Information

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  • The Kruger National Park is approximately a five-hour drive from the nearest international airport, OR Tambo, in Johannesburg. Various car rental companies have counters at the airport. Alternatively you can fly to a local airport such as Phalaborwa, Hoedspruit, Nelspruit or Skukuza and rent a vehicle there. Private lodges offer shuttle services to and from all airports.
  • Book well in advance for popular public camps like Skukuza and Letaba during peak holiday seasons in December and July. Avoid the holiday seasons altogether if you prefer less fellow visitors.
  • Take precaution for very hot days and cold nights. Bring a hat, sunscreen and sunglasses for the daytime temperatures over 30°C and warm clothing for the chilly evenings.
  • The Kruger is a malaria zone and it is advised that visitors take prophylactics. Consult your healthcare professional on a course of medication before you travel.

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Kruger National Park in January

The Kruger is at its hottest during the month of January. You’ll want to be in the shade during mid-day as temperatures regularly soar over 30°C. It’s also the rainy season which brings mild humidity and afternoon thunderstorms. Evenings are generally warm and pleasant. The holiday season in South Africa lasts until the second week of the month, so to avoid the crowds it is best to head for the north of the park, one of the private concessions within Kruger or the several private…

Kruger National Park in January

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The Kruger is at its hottest during the month of January. You’ll want to be in the shade during mid-day as temperatures regularly soar over 30°C. It’s also the rainy season which brings mild humidity and afternoon thunderstorms. Evenings are generally warm and pleasant.

The holiday season in South Africa lasts until the second week of the month, so to avoid the crowds it is best to head for the north of the park, one of the private concessions within Kruger or the several private reserves along its borders. Besides, the oasis of a luxury lodge (personal splash pool, anyone?) is the best place to be in the summer heat. Game drives in these areas deliver better results than self-driving in the Kruger, as the expert game rangers can track animals off the beaten track.

The rainwater turns the African savanna beautifully lush and green, but it also means animals are harder to spot. More available water keeps them from congregating at larger water holes too. Birding, however, is great since large numbers of migratory species can be seen.

Kruger National Park in February

Daytime temperatures remain in the high 20’s and can sometimes rise into the mid-30’s. February sees the last of the summer rainfall and the occasional late afternoon thundershower can occur. The evening temperatures are usually mild. Birding is excellent during the summer months and the far northern regions (Punda Maria and Pafuri) of the park are especially exceptional since it sees a large number of migratory species this time of year. Since the vegetation in the park is very…

Kruger National Park in February

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Daytime temperatures remain in the high 20’s and can sometimes rise into the mid-30’s. February sees the last of the summer rainfall and the occasional late afternoon thundershower can occur. The evening temperatures are usually mild.

Birding is excellent during the summer months and the far northern regions (Punda Maria and Pafuri) of the park are especially exceptional since it sees a large number of migratory species this time of year. Since the vegetation in the park is very dense this time of year, game viewing is better done in the private reserves where expert game rangers are able to track the animals off-road, something that is taboo within the Kruger.

Summer weather makes game viewing harder for a number of reasons: animals have plenty of water and are not drawn to larger water holes, they prefer to stay put in the shade during the day and thicker vegetation makes them harder to spot. On the flipside the greenery is great for landscape photography, birding is good and many summer-born animals can be seen.

Kruger National Park in March

March is the last of the summer months in the Kruger and while daytime temperatures are dropping, you can still expect fairly hot days, pleasant evenings and the occasional afternoon thundershower. March is generally a quieter time in the Kruger than the months leading up to it, so the southern and central regions see much fewer visitors. Head for the roads that run along the riverbanks between the camps of Skukuza and Lower Sabie (Sabie River), Olifants and Letaba (Letaba and…

Kruger National Park in March

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March is the last of the summer months in the Kruger and while daytime temperatures are dropping, you can still expect fairly hot days, pleasant evenings and the occasional afternoon thundershower.

March is generally a quieter time in the Kruger than the months leading up to it, so the southern and central regions see much fewer visitors. Head for the roads that run along the riverbanks between the camps of Skukuza and Lower Sabie (Sabie River), Olifants and Letaba (Letaba and Olifants Rivers) and Olifants and Satara (Timbavati).

You’ll see fewer visitors in the Kruger and the thick green and leafy vegetation makes for beautiful landscapes, but it also makes game viewing harder. Furthermore, the abundance of water throughout the park means that fewer animals tend to congregate around larger water holes.

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Kruger National Park in May

May heralds the turning point where the climate starts to transition into winter in the Kruger. Towards the end of the month, the rain begins to dry up and the landscape becomes dry and dusty. Daytime temperatures remain warm and pleasant while evenings start getting cooler. Cooler temperatures make venturing to the far north of the park more pleasant and the thinning vegetation helps in spotting the less dense populations of animals here. May is generally your last chance to see the…

Kruger National Park in May

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May heralds the turning point where the climate starts to transition into winter in the Kruger. Towards the end of the month, the rain begins to dry up and the landscape becomes dry and dusty. Daytime temperatures remain warm and pleasant while evenings start getting cooler.

Cooler temperatures make venturing to the far north of the park more pleasant and the thinning vegetation helps in spotting the less dense populations of animals here. May is generally your last chance to see the landscape flourishing before winter sets in and turns the vegetation dull and brown. However, the central and southern regions see fewer visitors this time of the year and due to higher populations of animals still offer the best game viewing opportunities.

Flights tend to be cheaper this time of the year before going up for June/July holiday season. The park also sees fewer visitors in May. On the flipside, however, if you enjoy sweeping green landscapes this is not the time of the year to visit as the impending winter season turns the vegetation brown, leafless and dull.

Kruger National Park in April

The month of April brings autumn to the Kruger and the vegetation in the park begins a gradual fade from lush bushveld to a dry brown and yellow palette. Rainfall decreases but the occasional afternoon thundershower still occurs. Daytime temperatures remain hot while nights are getting cooler but not cold. For the best probability of seeing animals, the private concession areas and game lodges on the western border of the Kruger are a good bet. Here the expert guides are able to…

Kruger National Park in April

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The month of April brings autumn to the Kruger and the vegetation in the park begins a gradual fade from lush bushveld to a dry brown and yellow palette. Rainfall decreases but the occasional afternoon thundershower still occurs. Daytime temperatures remain hot while nights are getting cooler but not cold.

For the best probability of seeing animals, the private concession areas and game lodges on the western border of the Kruger are a good bet. Here the expert guides are able to track animals better in the thick vegetation. April is also the last month in which birding is still good in the northern regions of the park – as soon as winter begins to arrive the migratory species depart for warmer climates.

April often has good weather with clear skies so it is a pleasant month in terms of weather, but the park (excluding private concessions and reserves) gets very busy during the Easter weekend at the end of the month. Finding accommodation in the public camps of the park can be difficult.

Kruger National Park in June

Winter is here! June is the both the coldest and the driest month in the Kruger. Daytime temperatures are mild and humidity is low, but evenings and early mornings can get quite cold. The southern and central regions of the Kruger are best for game drives during winter since there are more rivers and other water sources, meaning these regions they carry a higher population density of animals. There are also more accommodation options here (besides camping) and you might be interested…

Kruger National Park in June

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Winter is here! June is the both the coldest and the driest month in the Kruger. Daytime temperatures are mild and humidity is low, but evenings and early mornings can get quite cold.

The southern and central regions of the Kruger are best for game drives during winter since there are more rivers and other water sources, meaning these regions they carry a higher population density of animals. There are also more accommodation options here (besides camping) and you might be interested in staying indoors in the cold evening weather.

From June onwards the Kruger’s animals, and specifically the elusive big cats, become easier to spot in the sparse vegetation and they tend to move around a bit more in the cooler temperatures. Evenings and early morning game drives are quite cold, however, and the bushveld is not as pretty as in the summer months.

Kruger National Park in July

July is second only to June as the coldest month in the year and equally dry. ‘Cold’ in the Kruger however only really applies to nights and early mornings, since the daytime temperatures are usually quite comfortable and even fairly hot on some days. The northern parts of the reserve receive fewer visitors which make it a good option if you want to avoid crowds. However, there is a greater density of animals in the south, especially when it comes to predators, which makes it your…

Kruger National Park in July

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July is second only to June as the coldest month in the year and equally dry. ‘Cold’ in the Kruger however only really applies to nights and early mornings, since the daytime temperatures are usually quite comfortable and even fairly hot on some days.

The northern parts of the reserve receive fewer visitors which make it a good option if you want to avoid crowds. However, there is a greater density of animals in the south, especially when it comes to predators, which makes it your best bet for good sightings. Explore the areas adjacent to the Sabie River: Satara, Skukuza and Lower Sabie.

The winter landscape is dull and dry, but that is a good thing for game viewing as the vegetation is sparse and the grass low, making animals easier to spot. The cooler weather and low humidity make for very pleasant days in the park, but South African school holidays as well as European summer holidays make July the Kruger’s second busiest time of the year.

Kruger National Park in August

Things are slowly starting to warm up during the month of August, but rain is still absent and the climate remains dry. Humidity is low, daytime temperatures sit in the mid-20’s and evening temperatures are mild. August is the middle of the dry season and water sources for the animals are scarce. For the best game viewing opportunities it is best to stay in the central and southern regions of the park where there are more water sources and a higher density of animals. August is a…

Kruger National Park in August

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Things are slowly starting to warm up during the month of August, but rain is still absent and the climate remains dry. Humidity is low, daytime temperatures sit in the mid-20’s and evening temperatures are mild.

August is the middle of the dry season and water sources for the animals are scarce. For the best game viewing opportunities it is best to stay in the central and southern regions of the park where there are more water sources and a higher density of animals.

August is a good month for game viewing since the rainless winter season thins out the vegetation, making it easier to spot animals. Camping can be uncomfortable in the colder night temperatures.

Kruger National Park in September

Spring arrives a little later in the Kruger, so this month the flora does not experience a colourful transformation. In fact, vegetation is still sparse and colourless after the rainless winter. Temperatures in the day are hot and humid with little to no rain expected. At the end of the dry season in September, the vegetation in the Kruger is at its sparsest. For this reason, it is regarded as the best time of the year to visit the Kruger and any of the large permanent water holes…

Kruger National Park in September

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Spring arrives a little later in the Kruger, so this month the flora does not experience a colourful transformation. In fact, vegetation is still sparse and colourless after the rainless winter. Temperatures in the day are hot and humid with little to no rain expected.

At the end of the dry season in September, the vegetation in the Kruger is at its sparsest. For this reason, it is regarded as the best time of the year to visit the Kruger and any of the large permanent water holes make for good animal sightings. Stick to the southern and central regions for the highest density of animals.

The risk of malaria is low and you’re likely to find large concentrations of animals at watering holes at this time of the year, but the days are often uncomfortably hot, dry and dusty.

Kruger National Park in October

The rainy season is around the corner and you might encounter the first thunderstorms to the end of the month. Slowly but surely the greenery returns to the Kruger. Days are hot and often quite humid while evenings are warm. Spring blooms can be seen from this month onward. October is at the end of the dry season in the Kruger and after not seeing rain for months water sources are few in the park. Bad news for the animals, but good news for visitors as the sightings tend to be great…

Kruger National Park in October

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The rainy season is around the corner and you might encounter the first thunderstorms to the end of the month. Slowly but surely the greenery returns to the Kruger. Days are hot and often quite humid while evenings are warm. Spring blooms can be seen from this month onward.

October is at the end of the dry season in the Kruger and after not seeing rain for months water sources are few in the park. Bad news for the animals, but good news for visitors as the sightings tend to be great at the remaining water sources. It is a quieter time in terms of visitors so your best bet is to visit the southern and central regions where there are high densities of animals. Alternatively, stay at one of the various private reserves on the western border of the park where daily game drives provide ample viewings.

The risk of malaria is low at the end of the dry season and animal sightings are best this time of year. Unfortunately, days can be hot and dry and the landscape is parched.

Kruger National Park in November

The first proper rain of the wet season starts to arrive during November in the form of the occasional afternoon thunder shower. Expect hot and humid days and balmy evenings. The southern section of the park has the highest density of animals and in terms of visitor numbers, November is the calm before the storm of the end-of-year holidays. The upper central and far northern regions start seeing the first arrivals of migratory bird species and are a good bet for birding focused…

Kruger National Park in November

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The first proper rain of the wet season starts to arrive during November in the form of the occasional afternoon thunder shower. Expect hot and humid days and balmy evenings.

The southern section of the park has the highest density of animals and in terms of visitor numbers, November is the calm before the storm of the end-of-year holidays. The upper central and far northern regions start seeing the first arrivals of migratory bird species and are a good bet for birding focused safaris.

November is a great time to spot baby animals and the young impala, one of the most abundant antelope species in the park, are especially cute. It is a quieter time of the year too as most South Africans plan their visits for the December holidays. On the other hand, humidity is high and the risk of malaria increases.

Kruger National Park in December

The last month of the year is extremely hot as well as the wettest in the Kruger. Expect plenty of rain with hot and humid conditions as daytime temperatures climb well above 30°C. Evenings can be equally hot and humid. December is high season, so the whole of Kruger gets pretty busy. Head for the northern parts of the reserve where fewer visitors venture if it is solitude you are after. However the north has lesser densities of animals, so for the best game-viewing opportunities,…

Kruger National Park in December

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The last month of the year is extremely hot as well as the wettest in the Kruger. Expect plenty of rain with hot and humid conditions as daytime temperatures climb well above 30°C. Evenings can be equally hot and humid.

December is high season, so the whole of Kruger gets pretty busy. Head for the northern parts of the reserve where fewer visitors venture if it is solitude you are after. However the north has lesser densities of animals, so for the best game-viewing opportunities, you might consider the private concessions in the park and the private luxury reserves on the Kruger’s western perimeter. These areas provide exclusivity and much less crowded game viewing.

Many baby animals are born this time of year to coincide with the abundance of water and food sources. This makes for special sightings even though the lush vegetation makes game viewing harder than in winter. The downside is that this is peak season and the park is packed with visitors. Additionally the hot and humid weather might not suit everyone.

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