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Re: Coldest Kruger

Unread postby Lonehill_Birders » Sat Jun 23, 2012 11:22 am

We camped at Letaba one year, overnight the temperature dropped very low.
The next morning some poor soul who had done some washing the evening before, tried to get his denims off the wash line and they were frozen solid.
The ice cracked when he bent the legs.
We heard later that it was minus 4degrees.

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Re: Coldest Kruger

Unread postby tent dweller » Sun Jun 24, 2012 8:07 am

salamanda wrote:We go to Kruger in the winter just because it is cooler. This year our lowest early morning temp in the south was 1C and I swear I saw frost in some places! Most days it was between 5C and 10C in the early mornings. Warmer in the North. I love those icy mornings when you drive out exhaling vapour, wearing jackets, gloves, buffs, scarves, and beanies; the windows wide open and the car heater on high directed at the feet!

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Re: Coldest Kruger

Unread postby Gemma T » Sun Jun 24, 2012 9:32 am

One of the things I love about Kruger are the cold crisp mornings.
Coffee at the gate with your breath steaming as much as your mug is.
Driving with the windows open and the freshness in your face.
As the sun comes up you can gradually peel the layers off.

On certain days back here in the UK you can catch echoes of those feelings and it reminds me of where I love to be.
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Re: Coldest Kruger

Unread postby gabbisa » Mon Jun 25, 2012 11:59 am

We were at Lower Sabie in the tents 1 night and Satara 2 night middel of June 2012 and it is the first time in my life that I was wearing track suits and tekkies all the time. The night in the tent was cold.

Tamboti in winter can be very cold.

BUT what a small price to pay to be in heaven!

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Are the bungalows cold in May?

Unread postby Shutterbug » Fri Mar 08, 2013 7:57 pm

Every year we visit the Kruger in February when its nice and hot but this year for the first time we will be visiting from early May until early June, what are the bungalows like at that time of year for sleeping temperature? do we need to bring warm pajamas and/or hot water bottles or are there extra blankets? I cant rely on heat from the airconditioners as last year two of the places we stayed at had broken airconditioners.

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Re: Are the bungalows cold in May?

Unread postby JeanniR » Fri Mar 08, 2013 8:13 pm

Hi Shutterbug.

May is when things start to cool down a bit during the evenings, but no need for waterbottles! A light jacket will do when outside, the bungalows are still quite cosy. I think all the camps have extra blankets available in the bungalows, and if you neeed more they will surely provide some more.

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Re: Are the bungalows cold in May?

Unread postby pnm » Fri Mar 08, 2013 8:17 pm

Even in midwinter I find a Tshirt and shorts fine as pyjamas and one blanket enough. On the really chilly nights I simply use one of the extra blankets supplied (look in the cupboards - there are always some there).

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Re: Are the bungalows cold in May?

Unread postby pnm » Fri Mar 08, 2013 8:44 pm

I love Kruger in winter.
The cool dry weather is such a change from the dreary bone-chilling wet cold of the Cape.

Just remember - Kruger is in the Lowveld and winter there is like summer for many people.
Which means the sun can give a pretty bad burn.
But you are asking about night times, so the moon is no worry.

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Re: Are the bungalows cold in May?

Unread postby Carol g » Fri Mar 08, 2013 9:53 pm

Shutterbug, we always go to Kruger in may and it can still get pretty hot, I have on many occasions used the air on on cold at night, so no need for thick winter woollies
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Re: Are the bungalows cold in May?

Unread postby DinkyBird » Fri Mar 08, 2013 9:57 pm

I see there are going to be quite a few of us in Kruger in May ... :dance:

Here is hoping for lots of Yellow Ribbon spotting!!

Average monthly temps can be found here

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Re: Are the bungalows cold in May?

Unread postby Shutterbug » Sat Mar 09, 2013 3:41 am

Wow, thats great news, thanks everyone. I was expecting to have to wear long-johns and use a hot water bottle and still be shivering cold :roll: hopefully May/June will be even more enjoyable than February :dance: what about swimming in the middle of the day, or am I getting a bit carried away :?
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Re: Are the bungalows cold in May?

Unread postby Sheenaugh-Lee » Sat Mar 09, 2013 7:31 am

Definitely no, you might get a bit chilly at night and early in the morning but nothing major.
You don't need long johns or hot water bottles, believe me by no later than 9 o clock in the morning you will be more than comfortable in shorts and a shirt as for swimming.
I'm pretty sure you will want to do that 2 by the time midday hits :)
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Re: Are the bungalows cold in May?

Unread postby okie » Sat Mar 09, 2013 9:19 am

Hmmm.... A Canadian worried about cold conditions in Kruger :doh:
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Re: Are the bungalows cold in May?

Unread postby isinkwe » Sat Mar 09, 2013 11:02 am

I normally caravan in may, June or July in Kruger. (am sure bungalows are warmer than caravans).
Shorts and T shirt just fine.
Camping sites are normally quite full of retired folk at that time, apparently our older generation feel the cold a bit more than younger people (thats what my elderly parents tell me) and it does some seem to bother them. The Kruger is probably one of the places in SA that have the most plea sent winters.
I do recall once putting on a light jacket, but that was off by 8 in the morning and often been for a swim during the day to escape the heat.
The north of the park is usually quite a few degrees warmer than the south but where ever you stay in the Kruger, you can leave your snow jacket and hot water bottle at home.
Your average temperature should be between 15(minimum) and 25-28 degrees celcius.(my opinion)
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Re: Are the bungalows cold in May?

Unread postby suefish » Sat Mar 09, 2013 8:33 pm

We have been in the KNP 2011 & 2012 in early May.
In 2011 the days were hot and the nights cool but last year the nights were very warm as well, didn't even need a jersey.
We swam everyday in Letaba, Satara & Orpen.
The water feels cold at first but very refreshing not like in the summer when it's like a warm bath.
It is a lovely time of the year for the stars as the night sky is very clear and the southern cross is up very early

This year we are having a change and going at the end of Sept when the weather can also be changeable and I think the swimming pools will be still be chilly after the winter.

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