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 Post subject: Re: Kruger in February
Unread postPosted: Thu Sep 12, 2013 10:09 pm 
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Not that much different from the north L/Lizards.
The bush is very lush, long grass but because of the abundance of game in the area, sightings are usually very good, but due to the amount of water available, one just has to keep eyes peeled and be alert.
Birding is wonderful as it is all over the park in Summer.
We will also be in the park in Feb next year. :thumbs_up:

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 Post subject: Re: Kruger in February
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Thank you Elsa.

Will we need a higher vehicle, or is a sedan ok?

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 Post subject: Re: Kruger in February
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Plenty of sedans about then but a higher clearance vehicle would be some advantage but not strictly necessary.

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 Post subject: Re: Kruger in February
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Is February a particularly bad month for insects & flying goggas? They don't "bug" me but I just need to know if I should take lots of citronella candles. I just need to know if it is considered to be any worse than late December/early January. I have been told that Feb is the worst time so would be interested to know other Mites experiences


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 Post subject: Re: Kruger in February
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Not sure if its the worst time Sue but certainly right in high season for mozzies and goggas so do take all the precautions you can.

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 Post subject: Re: Kruger in February
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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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Thanks MM & Elsa - will take the necessary precautions :D I must remember to take socks - not something usually on the list at that time of the year!!


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 Post subject: Re: Kruger in February
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I drive a sedan with very low ground clearance, 99% of the roads are fine. Just drive slowly if the section is bad and choose the correct line and you should be fine. The one road I know is a bit difficult is Steilberg near Berg en Dal, won't do it with my current sedan.

Have found that unfortunately 4X4 drivers are not always accommodating and expect you to make way for them.

Due to the fact that I don't have a spare wheel(run flats), I find a reasonable place where I can see they would be able to pass and then just wait, works very well.

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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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I would love to see one of those "eruptions" like flying termites in Jhb and also remember catterpillars by the 1000's in KTP but hopefully not every night!!! I have been most times of the year and I miss the activity of the insects and reptiles in the winter months - it will be my first time in February and also my first solo visit so I am a bit apprehensive but very excited as well. Hopefully I don't encounter a blister beetle


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 Post subject: Re: Kruger in February
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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.

Ewww,that makes my skin crawl
I was in Kruger late Feb last year and had no problem with any insects,not even one mosquito bite
Still will take no chances and bring my Malarone and Deet

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 Post subject: Re: Kruger in February
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One of my most special sightings was of dwarf mongoose in an insect break out. I think it was late Feb. They were all over the road having the feast of their lives.

It is also a time when bee-eaters can become traffic hazards. :wink:

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 Post subject: Re: Kruger in February
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Im off to Kruger the first week of Feb and I can't wait!! Haven't been in Feb in +/- 15 years!!

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That is a long absence!
Hope you have a wonderful trip with some special sightings! :thumbs_up:

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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........
but

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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