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Kruger in July

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Kruger in July

Unread postby kite » Fri Feb 15, 2013 9:14 am

A popular month with school holidays usually falling mostly in July.
The camps are alive with young voices!
These trips to K.P.are wonderful for children, viewing the animals and sharing family time.
I think they install a lifelong desire to return and relive the memories created in their youth.
With the weather a little chilly, the blanket on the bed keeps us cosy and with the gate only opening at 6 a.m., there is not such a rush to get going!

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Re: Kruger in July

Unread postby Mandinga » Tue Feb 19, 2013 1:24 pm

Thanks for the thread Kite.
So far, my adventures into KNP have been in July.
We deliberately book the weeks after school holidays to have a tranquil time of it.

We have loved it in the past, but would like to explore other times in the park, especially September, October or November.
Just before the good rains, when it's warmer and gate times stretched longer.

Wouldn't mind another July trip though.

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Re: Kruger in July

Unread postby Irishgal » Tue May 21, 2013 10:22 pm

We're having our first ever visit this July so very excited :D

Just a couple of questions? Would it be too cold to braai in the evenings and what time does it start to get dark?

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Re: Kruger in July

Unread postby kite » Tue May 21, 2013 10:30 pm

It's never too cold to braai! Just huddle closer to the fire.
There can be a cold snap for a day or two but we have experienced warm sunny days.
Who can give an accurate time of darkness. I think by about 5:30 p.m it's getting dark.

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Re: Kruger in July

Unread postby Wildkyker » Wed May 22, 2013 10:10 am

This might help? :wink:
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Re: Kruger in July

Unread postby Kameleon » Wed Jul 10, 2013 4:46 pm

:dance: going in exactly 2 weeks from now... can't wait!
Kruger winters are better than the dutch summers so you won't hear me complain about the weather. Its so nice not to see any rain for three weeks :clap:

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Re: Kruger in July

Unread postby FRUITBAT » Sun Jul 21, 2013 6:36 am

We were in the park last week from 14 - 19 July and it was great. The days were very warm except for Thursday when it rained most of the day and the temps were much cooler. Evenings and mornings were cold but around 9.30 began to get warmer.

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Re: Kruger in July

Unread postby Meandering Mouse » Sun Jul 21, 2013 6:45 am

I have found July surprisingly mild. Maybe it is such a stark relief coming from the highveld bitter mornings.

I have camped in July and with a good jacket and goo quality sleeping bag, felt really quite cosy. I always make sure that I have a warm hat, if need be, gloves and warm socks.

A word of warning, dress very warmly if going on a game drive. The temperatures fall very rapidly once the sun sets and mild can turn bitter an instance.
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Re: Kruger in July

Unread postby PARDUS1029 » Sun Jul 21, 2013 7:55 pm

For me the winter in KNP is fantastic! when we were young that was the holiday we looked at the most.

But still it is a good time to view animals. depending on what you expectation is when you go to Kruger. If one are going to KNP just to go for sightings then the winter months is the best. Waterholes and you have a feast of sightings. But then again the summer months is HOT and everything. But then the bush is at its beautifullest. And you experience nature at its bests.

So just a tip for someone that is new to KNP! Depending on what you expect from Kruger, you must chose what time to go to Kruger.
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Re: Kruger in July

Unread postby lion queen » Fri Jul 26, 2013 11:04 am

kite wrote:What is happening in Kruger this July?

We had a real busy trip with lots of sightings

Where are the best sightings?

What to choose.....lion kill, honey badger digging out worms, pack of wild dogs, great elephant sightings with lots of baby elephants

Have you had a great walk or game drive?

We did not have time for that

Any burnt areas to be endured?

Lots of burnt areas north and south

Any news at all!
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Re: Kruger in July

Unread postby Meandering Mouse » Fri Jul 26, 2013 2:14 pm

I tend to find north of Olifants disappointing in July.

This is a month where only the experienced would venture north.
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Weather in July?

Unread postby KaliCA » Mon Mar 30, 2015 5:45 am

Hello, we will visit Kruger for our second time, this time for the first two weeks in July. Last time we were there in September. We are from the USA.
What kind of weather can we expect the first two weeks in July?
We will be camping in a van, not tent, but still need to know if it will get seriously cold at night?
What about day time temps?
We will camp at B&D, Lower Sabie, Satara, and Skukuza.

Any help is appreciated.
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Re: Weather in July?

Unread postby Meandering Mouse » Mon Mar 30, 2015 6:20 am

Hi Kali, I really like the sound of your itinerary. 8)

I have camped in July and found it rather pleasant. Of course you do have to dress warmly at night and if you are going on open vehicles for sundowner, or night drives, dress as though you were going into ice.

In the daytime I found jeans and t-shirt quite adequate. At night I wore a very insulated jacket. I slept with woollen bed socks and a very good duvet. If it was really cold, I put on an extra layer of clothing for sleep.

The coldest that I have experienced in Kruger was Tambotie in early August. It reached minus six. I then put my jacket on as extra covering to help me sleep. I also always take very warm hat, socks and gloves. If the extremities are warm, the body follows.

I also slept in thermal long johns and spenser. I am extremely cold sensitive though.
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Re: Weather in July?

Unread postby Imberbe » Mon Mar 30, 2015 11:03 am

Rule of thumb for KNP winter:

Rainfall: Dry
Sunny
During the day: "Summer" temperatures. (Around 25 Celsius)
During the night: Cold. Seldom reaches minus temperatures. (From about 11pm - 8 am)

Layering is the best option so that you can adapt as the temperatures fluctuate.
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Re: Weather in July?

Unread postby KaliCA » Mon Mar 30, 2015 9:31 pm

Thank you all for your weather info. Very helpful. :thumbs_up: :thumbs_up: :thumbs_up:
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