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Unread postby LittleLeopard » Sun Jan 22, 2006 10:16 pm

Hi alya. I understand that you're worried, but South Africa doesn't get nearly as cold as Switzerland. :) If you look at the climate statistics for Skukuza here, you will see that from 1961 to 1990, the average daily maximum was 28C and average daily minimum was 10C. You can also check the long-range forecast for May here.

We don't make use of central heating in South Africa like for example Europe and the US do since it simply doesn't get that cold here. The blankets that will be provided in the hut/bungalow will be more than sufficient to keep you warm. I would say you'll be perfectly all right in a tent too, as long as you have a warm sleeping bag. During our South African winter school holidays (June/July when it is even colder than in May), thousands of people camp in KNP.

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Unread postby DuQues » Thu Apr 13, 2006 11:31 am

Forecast: Friday, 14 April 2006

Min: 10°C Max: 26°C
Weather: Partly cloudy.
Wind: light westerly but light south-westerly in the afternoon.
Sunrise: 06:23 Sunset: 17:53
Moonrise: 18:15 Moonset: 06:53
Moonphase: Full Moon
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Re: Where to get Latest Weather????

Unread postby Cees » Sat Aug 19, 2006 4:01 am

Bananna wrote:Hi,

We arrive at Skukuza August 28 (YEY!!)...does anyone know the current weather conditions or where we could check?


Hi Bananna check this for the current weather at Skukuza: ... 68296.html
It has an seven day forecast.
So check later for the weather for August 28 and beyond :)
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Unread postby cathyb » Fri Nov 03, 2006 2:13 pm

HI Nightjar

We've been several times in December - sometimes unbelievably hut and humid (accompanied by a plague of insects), and at other times cool and rainy. Usually you long for some rain because of the heat (our record = 42.5 degree C). Our best drive ever was out of Lower Sabie in Dec after a couple of days of rain. Started off in rain but clear by the afternoon - saw sidestriped jackal; hyaena kill baby impie and two blackbacked jackal who had just taked down a baby impie as well. All in one drive!

If you don't have aircon, a tip is to take some kind of spraybottle, fill with water, keep cold and spray all over yourself. You may get odd looks but it works a dream!

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Unread postby Freda » Thu Feb 15, 2007 8:19 pm

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Unread postby DuQues » Tue Mar 20, 2007 2:46 pm

Have a look at this site. If you register there you can get longer forecasts. Nelspruit has a minimum of 12°C and max of 33°C degrees today.

I'll be moving this post to the weathertopic soon. Maybe you should read the FAQ (Frequently asked questions), there is lots more info and links in there.
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Unread postby gwendolen » Tue Mar 20, 2007 2:52 pm

Have a look on the BBC website Calia. It's over here: - Skukuza, South Africa

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Unread postby restio » Tue Jul 24, 2007 7:15 pm

Flaxy, have a look at the KNP climate page. There is a nice PDF showing average temps.
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Unread postby carolynn » Tue Feb 26, 2008 10:37 am

Hi Mike- we have just returned from 15 nights in the park and for that whole time it was hot! hot! hot! As few clothes as possible and never once needed anything warm to wear, even in the evenings- it only ever cooled down a bit some time after midnight and then not for very long. The park is absolutely beautiful at the moment - it was our first summer visit - didn't see as amny animals as usual, but every day was something different. Have a wonderful time, and don't forget the costumes!
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Rain in KNP

Unread postby Pikkie » Mon Mar 03, 2008 12:43 pm

:D Hi, i will be camping at Skukuza the end of the month, and would like to know what the rain fall is like over that period. I have often camped in the park but not over this period and would like to make provision should it rain quite a bit.

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Unread postby Pjw » Mon Mar 03, 2008 9:20 pm

Hi Pikkie
I have camped a number of times at Skukuza over the Easter long weekend and the 21st March weekend and have had no rain. But it can be very very hot so take a fan if you have the space.

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Weather in general this year

Unread postby dingoboy » Wed Apr 09, 2008 10:50 am

We are heading to Kruger 28 April to 8 may.

What has the weather been like in general this year?

Is it a typical year .... or more or less rain than normal and what if any effect will current conditions have on game viewing?

I would guess in the event of more rain that game are harder to spot as they are not forced towards the same water sources ... am I correct in this?


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Unread postby G@mespotter » Wed Apr 09, 2008 11:36 am

All I can say is, end of April / beginning of may is an awesome time (well, according to me) and you should expect alot of rain anyway. Enjoy :mrgreen:
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Unread postby BunnyHugger » Wed Apr 09, 2008 11:51 am


Theoretically, the rainy season in Kruger ends around late March into early April. I have been to the park more timeover the easter weekend than any other time and always had a dry weekend.

Having said that, it rained (lightly) when we were in the park in July 2007. It was also mizzy and cold that day.

The whole weather pattern has been altered so whilst I think there will be no rain at end April when I have planned to stay in KNP for a week, it may rain.

The weather should be great at end April, but don't count on it.
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Unread postby Senyetse » Wed Apr 09, 2008 12:04 pm


We were in Kruger at the end of April in 2007. It rained a little bit, not much, days were warm to hot and nights were cool. There was one night when it was quite cold (we werer camping) an deveryone in the camp commented how cold it had been. I think it dropped to below 5 degrees that night.

It could rain a lot, could rain a little, April/May is the end of the rainiy season so there's more chance of rain than say in summer.
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