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 Post subject: A Question About Snakes
Unread postPosted: Fri May 09, 2014 10:56 pm 
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My wife is deathly afraid of snakes, so I promised her I would find out from the people who know Kruger National Park better than any others, the best times to visit the Park to reduce the chances of any snake encounters. What time of the year (months, etc.) would you recommend to have the LEAST chance of seeing snakes?


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 Post subject: Re: A Question About Snakes
Unread postPosted: Fri May 09, 2014 11:03 pm 
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Your chance of meeting a snake is rather slim at any time of the year. You may see some when driving around, but then you are perfectly save in your vehicle. In camp snakes are not often seen.

Winter is the best time, if that is to be your consideration, as the snakes are less active.

But the bottom line is that this is not something you should be concerned about.

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 Post subject: Re: A Question About Snakes
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Months May to August.

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 Post subject: Re: A Question About Snakes
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Hi Kaizer
I have well over 100 Kruger trips under my belt, Have seen only 2 snakes, and believe me , they move away from vehicles and people very quickly. They don't like humans, and their vehicles even less.
And as Imberbe has said, they will be less active in our winter.(May to August)
Please come over and enjoy our wonderful Park.
If you read through some of the travel tales you will find that it is a very rare occurrence to see a snake, in fact us locals and regulars to the Kruger give :thumbs_up: to anyone who has managed to find a snake , we get quite excited if we do see one.
It is easier to find wild dog , and not many people get to see them.

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 Post subject: Re: A Question About Snakes
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Definitely go in the winter months - you will see no snakes and very few reptiles. During our visit in December last year we saw a total of 9 snakes - a spitting cobra right at the doorway of the Mopani shop, one "strolling" thru a picnic spot, One slithered right over my daughter-in-law's foot at Shimuwini, two in the rocks in camp & the rest on the road so not always that unusual to see snakes in the summer.


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 Post subject: Re: A Question About Snakes
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I am in the group that has hardly ever seen snakes in the camps on our visits to KNP. But winter months would obviously be the better time to try and avoid snakes.

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 Post subject: Re: A Question About Snakes
Unread postPosted: Sat May 10, 2014 10:15 am 
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I would agree with Dinkybird. In 6 trips to Kruger we have only seen 2 snakes (in the road) but they slipped away pretty fast when our car approached. Winter months are the best as has been said. I wish you a wonderful trip to Kruger and hope you have no snake sightings but plenty of others. :mrgreen:


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 Post subject: Re: A Question About Snakes
Unread postPosted: Sat May 10, 2014 10:25 am 
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PS; I find that if you go in July/Aug the lush bush and grass has dried and you are likely to see more animals a bit further away from the road, which with the lush growth of summer you may miss.


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 Post subject: Re: A Question About Snakes
Unread postPosted: Mon May 12, 2014 11:31 am 
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When I saw the topic title I was going to offer advice on how to find snakes..... :D

Which you can do, even in winter (have seen snakes virtually every trip in May/June/July), but as everybody has said, they are shy and move away quite rapidly. And I have never seen a snake inside any of the camps in winter (this is over a period of just about 50 years of going to the park).

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 Post subject: Re: A Question About Snakes
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As others have said, winter is the best time to reduce chances of running into snakes. Chances are very small that you'll see them in camp.

I've seen two snakes in camps. One in a tree in Lower Sabie. The other I saw when I was walking along the fence in Biyamiti, returning from the birdhide to our bungalow. We had sat in the birdhide until late and it was starting to get dark as we headed back to prepare dinner. I only saw the snake as it slithered away as we stepped over it on the trail. Needless to say I'm much more cautious walking along the fenceline, particularly in the bush camps, now.


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 Post subject: Re: A Question About Snakes
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While I would heartily agree that cold means less snake sightings, I must be honest -- you can see quite a few snakes in winter too!

Last visit to Shingwedzi in July -- 1 puffadder in road, 10 km further 1 python in road -- both in the middle of the day when it was warm and sunny, so they didn't mind moving around.

Have seen up to 5 snakes in July at Masuma Dam picnic spot in Hwange simultaneously!!! but they were very rustig; same for puffadders -- seen in July, but very sluggish.
Also cobra at night in July near toilets in same park.

Have seen very big mamba in road in July in Kruger, but that happened long ago, near Tshokwane.

The fact is that they are usually more docile in winter...

Snakes are the least of your worries in the park. I think the risk is about the same as having your belongings snitched by somebody from your chalet, or being attacked by a leopard in camp or at a picnic spot...

You will be safer in Kruger than anywhere else in South Africa -- animals are friendlier than people!

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 Post subject: Re: A Question About Snakes
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I have seen a few snakes over the years.
The most memorable was a huge Puff Adder lying in the road trying to catch the last of the warmth as the sun went down.

But have never seen one in a camp.

Although the possibility does exist that you may see one, I would say the chances are pretty slim.


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 Post subject: Re: A Question About Snakes
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Visit in Winter and;
I wear walking boots, it makes me feel safe... take them off in the car
I check all 8 corners as I go into a toilet and then lift loo seat with toe of boot... never seen anything I don't want to.
I zip away my boots at night so nothing can get in them... I have a fantastic time in Kruger!!

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