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 Post subject: Re: Kruger in February
Unread postPosted: Tue Dec 24, 2013 6:14 am 
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I agree with Elsa.

We found the citronella candles to be pretty effective. I have also taken Mozzie mats with me in the past. Even if it is hot, try to wear socks in the evening. Mozzies do like ankles. I have also had a problem with pepper ticks. Tabbard usually keeps them off. If you go walking, remember to cover as much as your body as possible. They can get under clothes and their bites are extremely itchy and irritating.

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 Post subject: Re: Kruger in February
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Maybe just lucky but I have never been that bothered my mosquitoes. They will often appear several weeks after a warm,wet spell during which they breed!
Warm humid nights in January and February can result in large numbers of crickets; one night drive was particularly 'unpleasant'! And one night at Olifants had to be spent indoors as millions of small black 'beetles' descended.on the camp.
It is also at this time of year that occasional eruptions happen; I have seen Satara drowning in praying mantises, and the whole Park carpeted with armoured crickets. Fascinating.
My only unpleasant insect encounter (in 25 years!) was with a blister beetle. Another good reason to use DEET. A large blister on my leg - fortunately these are usually painless and disappear after a week or so.

Over the years I have always advised friends this; if it will be your one and only trip to a game park and you only have a week or so - go in August or September. But if you have longer and it is your second trip - go in January or February. You will still see lots of mammals, the bird life will be spectacular, and the Park just looks amazing. Green and full of life!
Bear in mind that January has a very early and late gate hours and thus very long days -tiring. I prefer February! And will be there again in 5 weeks!!!

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 Post subject: Re: Kruger in February
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Hi fellow forumites

We usually go to Kruger over Christmas/New Year’s but decided after our last trip 2013/2014 that the park was just too busy and cramped for our liking. We had a couple of distasteful ‘visitor’ experiences (the human kind) :slap: ………..but we had our most successful wildlife/birds sightings to date :dance: …….even a black rhino and cheetah :dance:

We frequent Kruger not only for the Big 5, we’re also after the peace and tranquillity, the green lush scenery, the excellent birding opportunities and the list goes on


We decided to rather visit the park during the ‘low season’ after the school holidays…….the first two weeks in February 2015………… Tamboti became the camp of choice……

We don’t take issue with the abundance of bugs ect and potential low wildlife sightings(luckily we don’t have that problem), I am however concerned with the hot humid temperatures, February flood potential, higher malaria risk and the level of snake activity….especially in Tamboti.

The measure to be taken against malaria is well covered........
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Does anyone know how uncomfortably hot it might get early February? :hmz:
Some days will be spent on the tent deck relaxing, not driving around so no air-con

I know it is rainy season, but what is the potential of flooding? We drive a normal sedan and I would hate to postpone our visit on the last minute........
(Although I wouldn’t mind seeing the Timbavati River flowing)

Did anyone ever had a snake ‘visiting’ the inside of their tents at Tamboti that time of year? We wont be walking around at night in the camp I am a bit concerned about a snake visiting the tents :tongue:

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 Post subject: Re: Kruger in February
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Remi, the chances of flooding in Summer are always a possibility but not necessarily going to happen.
Floods don't occur every year, thank goodness. :wink:
We were in the park in March this year and seeing the rivers rising and coming down in flood was quite an experience.
We have been going to the park in Feb/Mar for the last 6 or 7 years now and have had mixed weather conditions, a few extremely hot days but also a lot of surprisingly cool days.
Often a nice thunder storm will occur in the late afternoon and cool things down considerably.
As far as snakes in the tents go I would not worry about it too much, snakes will generally keep their distance from man if possible but of course one needs to just be careful about walking around after dark without adequate lighting.
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 Post subject: Re: Kruger in February
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Hi Elsa.
Last year our Tamboti vacation was postponed from February to March due to the flood damage to the Tamboti fence and many of the roads. :shock:
And last year whilst we visited Lower Sabie the heavens opened up the night of the 28th December. The next day was spectacular, all the dry river beds bursting with water………..we took the H4-2 to Crocodile Bridge to enjoy the scenery. :cam:
However, we never visited the park during February and we won’t be staying over in any air-conditioned accommodation so I’m hoping for some cooling thunderstorms. :pray:
As for the snakes, hopefully they don’t pay a surprise visit :tongue:

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 Post subject: Re: Kruger in February
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RemiE, I have stayed in Tambotie in January and was grateful to have some rain relief. It actually set in and stayed a few days, but no floods.

There is a lot of shade, as the bush is very lush. Obviously the humidity can be rather a challenge. The fans should help a little though.

Tambotie is not a camp that I would risk without shoes. I have never had snake experiences, but others have. Just take the usual precautions. They are more afraid of us.

The frequent Honey Badger patrol might keep the snakes away, as they would quite enjoy a bit of cold blooded protein in their diet.

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 Post subject: Re: Kruger in February
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Hi MM

I can only imagine the relief the rain brings. Rainy weather in Kruger remains a personal favourite Kruger experience …..the sound of thunder rolling in the distance, the smell of the bush...........

I honestly don’t mind the few days of rain, but the 2013 flood scare (happened a good week or so prior to our arrival). But I’m not going to worry about that then, SO sarcastically advised I pack two life jackets to appease my unease :lol:

Your right, I remembered now. :hmz: The nightly patrol visitors…the honey badgers, water mongoose and large spotted genet will definitely sort them out :mrgreen:

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 Post subject: How is Kruger in february ??
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We want to go to KNP end of january beginning february.We were never there in this season. How is it to visit Kruger at this moment of the year.It's rainy season but was does this mean ....rainfall all over the day or just from time tot time? I saw also in this forum for the last years that there were heavy rains,flooded camps and closed roads.Is this always the case at these period of the year.And wich camps in the south and up to Shingwedze are the best and dry(er) ?Croc Br is closed from time to time and others ??
Does it mean that it is already green season with higher grass and difficult for spotting.We thought it was very hot during day and even night??And the herds are more in the south during this season?
A lot of questions but thanks for your help.
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 Post subject: Re: How is Kruger in february ??
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Hi alexmagda.

I have been a few times in February and each time has been different. I would not recommend it for people who struggle with heat and humidity.

On the negative side, if it rains, the humidity can be horrible in the build up. If it does not rain, it can still be very hot and humid.
The bush is very thick, so sightings are not that easy.

On the positive side, the bush is lush and beautiful. It is great for scenery. I like to drive, not expecting anything, just enjoying the beauty. Sometimes there is a big surprise.

The bush is also very noisy with bird sound. I rather like that as well.

If you are sensitive to heat, I would rather do a less humid month.

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 Post subject: Weather during February.
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Hi all. We will be in Kruger from the 5th of February for 15 nights. Can someone comment on the weather during this time.
Thank you.


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 Post subject: Re: Weather during February.
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Welcome to the Forum, Andries Peyper! I am sure that you will enjoy many enjoyable hours here! :D :D :D

I think that February can be one of the warmest months in Kruger, with temperatures reaching 40 degrees on occasion. Our vehicle once indicated 46! We also often have thunderstorms and once we had a full week of cool, overcast weather with a non-stop drizzle. For our upcoming visit mid February, we will be watching the weather with keen interest in order to be alerted to possible road closures due to heavy rain - so that is also something to be aware of.

Which camps will you be staying in? I hope it is a fantastic time for you!

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 Post subject: Re: Weather during February.
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Welcome to the Forum Andries Peyper! I wish you a wonderful stay in Kruger during February! Don't let the temperatures put you off, you will enjoy every minute, believe me! I wish you lots of wonderful sightings! Have a great time! :dance: :dance:

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 Post subject: Re: Weather during February.
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Thanx for the info. As always, we gonna enjoy our stay in Kruger.


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 Post subject: Re: Weather during February.
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Hey Andries,

we always visit in February and love the hot weather so no issues there. After the past 4 months of rain and wind in NL the hotter and sunnier the better :-) The units have aircon as do most cars so there is always respite if required. See you in Kruger in a couple of weeks :-)

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