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Re: Kruger in December

Unread postby yoda » Thu Feb 14, 2013 10:15 am

kite wrote:What were your experiences like?
The carmine bee eaters, diedericks cuckoos, yellow billed kites abound. Cute animal babies to be found.
School kids being introduced to the park.


I have just been to Kruger this past December.
No Carmine Bee Eaters, I tihnk it is too early for them.

Middle of the day was very hot. We were in the South - I imagine the North must have been hotter.
But we had a great time.

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Re: Kruger in December

Unread postby kujo » Thu Feb 14, 2013 6:45 pm

I was in Kruger last December, first time in the NORTH and it was AWESOME :dance: ... loved every minute of our trip... Was shell shocked when i got down south for one night before heading out back home, man that traffic is worse than peak hour traffic in jozi... :?

For longer stays i will definitely be going up north in future... :thumbs_up:

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Re: Kruger in December

Unread postby Meandering Mouse » Fri Feb 15, 2013 6:10 am

I love Kruger in December. The bush is alive with sound. There is an abundance everywhere.

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Re: Kruger in December

Unread postby yoda » Wed Feb 20, 2013 10:19 am

kite wrote:Yoda, we had many carmine bee-eaters and juveniles, last December 2011 NE of Biyamiti.

I didn't see one this year.
But plenty last time I was in Kruger in March.

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Re: Kruger in December

Unread postby tent dweller » Sun Aug 04, 2013 7:34 am

We will be in the Kruger form the 19 December 2014 :D :D , in terms of the weather what temps can we expect? A few of our days will be spent in Balule and Letaba then we are moving to Tamboti, Pretoriuskop and Lower Sabie.
PRETORIUSKOP 20 - 21 December 2015
TAMBOTI 22 - 24 December 2015
OLIFANTS 25 - 27 December 2015 (with a view)
LETABA 28 - 31 December 2015
MOPANI 01 - 03 January 2016 (with a view)
PRETORIUSKOP 04 -06 January 2016

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Re: Kruger in December

Unread postby Meandering Mouse » Sun Aug 04, 2013 8:33 am

K-4S wrote:Can I ask where the above photo was taken - The one looking down the road onto the hills...


I think this picture was taken on the S1, going towards Phabeni Gate.
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Re: Kruger in December

Unread postby kite » Sun Aug 04, 2013 3:52 pm

Tent dweller, it looks like a great trip!
It will be hot, hot, hot!
If there is a cloudy day, or the sun is late emerging from the clouds, it is more bearable.
But the park is magnificent in its summer colours.

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Re: Kruger in December

Unread postby Friedrich von Hörsten » Sun Aug 04, 2013 7:14 pm

Hi Tent dweller

Do read up on Balule -- I thought of doing it previously, but everybody says it is scorching hot. Pretoriuskop is lovely and much cooler, some days you get drizzly weather and lions lie on the rocky outcrops on the S7 all day!
You will love it!

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Re: Kruger in December

Unread postby tent dweller » Sun Aug 04, 2013 7:34 pm

FvH, we know that Balule is going to be hot :wink: :wink: BUT how hot? :shock: :shock:
PRETORIUSKOP 20 - 21 December 2015
TAMBOTI 22 - 24 December 2015
OLIFANTS 25 - 27 December 2015 (with a view)
LETABA 28 - 31 December 2015
MOPANI 01 - 03 January 2016 (with a view)
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Re: Kruger in December

Unread postby Heksie » Sun Aug 04, 2013 8:11 pm

We have been going ot Krugs every December for the past 5 years...
I booked this December for 31 days-it is the best time in the Park.
Babies....
Green bushes....
Water....
And because it is so hot not a lot of people on the roads :twisted:
We were there 2 weeks end Nov/Dec 5th which was great weather wise, slept under a duvet. And then 21 Dec-5 Jan which had about 3 scorcher days, I drove the whole day in the Park even on those, if the window is open then cool wind blow on you the whole time so it is lekker. Also pack in a lot of water as dehydration can take place and don't forget the sunblock my drivers arm looked like a tomato :lol:
We had a few cloudy days and 2 days it was actually drizzling. It was nothing to complain about. :thumbs_up:


Tent dweller get battery operated fans... I know campmaster has fans like that, huge ones which isn't really expensive. I think the huts can become hot in Dec... :hmz:
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11 July Satara
12-14 July Lower Sabie
15-18 July Tsendze

24-27 September Lower Sabie

11-20 Dec Satara
14 Dec Sable Hide
21-27 Dec Lower Sabie
28-31 Dec Satara
1 Jan Croc Bridge
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Re: Kruger in December

Unread postby spargish » Mon Aug 05, 2013 10:57 am

tent dweller wrote:Heksie, thanks for all the info, we were in the Kruger (Pretoriuskop) in December 2012 for 5 days, it was hot, one day was very, very hot BUT nothing unbearable. Battery operated fans :clap: :clap: :clap: , I am off to buy one after work today, thanks again :gflower:


Hi Tent dweller

I agree that December isn't unbearable, I find Humidty more of a problem than heat, 3 years ago there had been ALOT of Rain and it was super humid, I just never stopped sweating.

I actually thing the Huts at Balule will be quite cool, they were great at retaining a cool tempreture When I was last there. They all have a decent amount of shade, sadly number 6 has the least. Average temps in December are between 30-35.

Im With Heksie, December is my favourite time in KNP
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Re: Kruger in December

Unread postby Lepardfan » Tue Aug 06, 2013 7:37 am

Hi tent dweller.

We were also in Kruger for 13 days in Dec 2013, and it was our best ever Kruger trip. :dance:

We did have a few very hot days stayed in P kop in the huts and in Lower Sabie riverview tents. But most of the time it was quite bearable, any case it can be 80 degrees I will still go to Kurger :D .

This time we saw our most leopard sightings ever in total 5 individual. 8) sightings.


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Re: Kruger in December

Unread postby ngwenya » Thu Aug 08, 2013 9:19 pm

For the past 6 years we have been in the Kruger at Christmas time. it has been great some days a bit hot but not too humid. We will be there again this year. I might mention that we also visit the Park every May and enjoy both times of the year. This past May the vegetation at times made viewing difficult. Our experience is that you have a better contrast in colour in the summer months. :D

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Re: Kruger in December

Unread postby Meandering Mouse » Fri Aug 09, 2013 6:19 am

moobox wrote:I'm booked at Skukuza 13 thru 15 December. Thing is, I want to play golf. That might be a challenge but what the heck. People come from all over the world and play at Leopard Creek each December hey.

Some people have told me that due to vegetation, game viewing just isnt so good in mid Summer.


Moobox, I find it a mixed bag. For birders it is wonderfu. (I am a very novice birder.)

I love the sounds of the bush in December. It can be almost deafening. So much for peace in paradise. :roll:

More of that lush, wonderful greenness.

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Re: Kruger in December

Unread postby Heksie » Fri Aug 09, 2013 5:01 pm

moobox wrote:
Some people have told me that due to vegetation, game viewing just isnt so good in mid Summer.


Hi moobox
You must maybe read my TR, I was only a day visitor and in 2 weeks 21 Dec-5 Jan I had 29 lion sightings, 9 leopard, 2 wild dog and 1 cheetah sightings :thumbs_up: To name the specials and everywhere ellies, buffs and lots and lot of baby antelope :dance:
This is a great time to go to the PArk :thumbs_up:
2015
10 July Letaba
11 July Satara
12-14 July Lower Sabie
15-18 July Tsendze

24-27 September Lower Sabie

11-20 Dec Satara
14 Dec Sable Hide
21-27 Dec Lower Sabie
28-31 Dec Satara
1 Jan Croc Bridge
2-4 Jan Satara
5-8 Jan Lower Sabie


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