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Kruger in May

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Kruger in May

Unread postby kite » Fri Feb 15, 2013 8:53 am

I loved early May in the park!
It has cooled off a little bit especially at night, and is still showing the effects of the rainy season.
The vegetation is not quite as lush and some trees are getting ready for winter but it still has a verdant look about it.
The migrant birds have flown home but there are many to see that are stayers!

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Re: Kruger in May

Unread postby Carol g » Sat Feb 16, 2013 10:02 pm

Love Kruger in May,the gras is still fairly green and not to long, excellent for game viewing.What I like the most is the cool mornings and the fresh smell of the park in Mays early mornings
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Re: Kruger in May

Unread postby saraf » Sat Feb 16, 2013 10:06 pm

May in Kruger - I love not having to get up at 4:15am 8)
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Re: Kruger in May

Unread postby Meandering Mouse » Sun Feb 17, 2013 6:18 am

May is perfect in terms of weather. It can be beautiful with the Autumn colours.

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Re: Kruger in May

Unread postby kite » Thu May 09, 2013 9:12 am

Are you lucky enough to be in Kruger this May? Please share your experiences with us! :)

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Re: Kruger in May

Unread postby Meandering Mouse » Fri May 10, 2013 1:14 pm

The first time I went to Sand River, it was in May.

It is a very special time for Autumn colours, balmy weather and a slower pace.
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Re: Kruger in May

Unread postby AndreaB » Fri Oct 04, 2013 8:31 pm

Got the big 5 0 coming up next May and was debating long and hard what to do to celebrate when I realised there is simply nowhere else in the world I would rather be than in Kruger.

I have booked a private camp for the actual occasion but will spend another week at my favourite camps Satara and Biyamiti :dance:

So not only do we get 3 weeks in Jan/Feb, I can leave without the usual heavy heart knowing I will be back soon :hands:

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Re: Kruger in May

Unread postby Carol g » Wed Oct 30, 2013 10:43 am

We always go to Kruger in May and normally have lovely weather .
Yes the sun does go down by about 6 but you don't need the sun to have a nice braai!
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Re: Kruger in May

Unread postby saraf » Wed Oct 30, 2013 10:58 am

We find we are out for longer in the winter than in summer. Summer means its too hot in the middle of the day so we head back for a siesta. Winter we can drive for the 11.5 hours we are allowed out.
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Re: Kruger in May

Unread postby squirrel_asc » Wed Oct 30, 2013 11:30 am

Our favourite time in Kruger is end of April/beginning of May. It's not so hot, we don't have to get up at 4:00 in the morning, and you can come in when the gates close, have a leisurely braai, and still get to bed around 9:00. The autumn colours on the Mopanies are gorgeous. :)

The only downside is that the migratory birds have all left. :(

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Re: Kruger in May

Unread postby Grantmissy » Wed Oct 30, 2013 12:28 pm

squirrel_asc wrote:The autumn colours on the Mopanies are gorgeous


We also find April/May in Kruger pleasant :)
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Kruger in April/May

Unread postby noeg » Sat Sep 06, 2014 9:19 pm

Hi all,

We have the opportunity to visit Kruger end of April/beginning of May 2015. We visited before in July so this is our current reference. From what I read the possibility of seeing wildlife is less. Will it be less crowdy? What would the best places to go to? Can anyone shed some light on what I can expect?

Thanks in advance

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Re: Kruger in April/May

Unread postby leervis » Sun Sep 07, 2014 5:24 am

Try and avoid the Easter holidays if you can. Other than that, I can only say that there are very few bad days in Kruger!
26 - 29 August Balule
30 August - 1 September Sirheni
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Re: Kruger in April/May

Unread postby Meandering Mouse » Sun Sep 07, 2014 5:35 am

Hi Noeg,

May is one of my favorite months. I love the colors of the bush. Weather wise, it is as perfect as it can be. If you go for open vehicle drives, just dress very warmly. I have found it to be rather a popular month with pensioners, perhaps because of the mild weather.

On our last May trip we had a fair amount of lion sightings. Romance seemed to be in the air.

I have tended to be in the bush in early April, but have found it again, rather pleasant. The bush is still very lush, but I love the scenery during this period.

As Leervis says, the only time I would steer away from going would be over the public holiday weekends, particularly Easter..

The first May is a public holiday, but I am not sure if it is a long weekend.
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Re: Kruger in April/May

Unread postby AndreaB » Sun Sep 07, 2014 9:10 am

We went in May this year for the first time and we were loved it. the light begins to fade from around 2, 3 in the afternoon and everything is bathed in a golden glow, making for the most wonderful photos. The day temperatures were very warm and the nights not too cold. As MM says it if you go out for a night drive take warm clothes but otherwise just enjoy...

p.s yes, we too encountered lots of pensioners, in particular Satara was fully booked out by Rotarians when visited but still plenty of space left for everyone :D


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