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Kruger in December

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Re: Kruger in December

Unread post by 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 post by 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 post by 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 post by 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)
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Re: Kruger in December

Unread post by 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 post by 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 post by 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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Re: Kruger in December

Unread post by 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.

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Re: Kruger in December

Unread post by 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.


Enjoy your stay.
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Lower Sabie 1-2 July. :mrgreen:

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Re: Kruger in December

Unread post by 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:
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Re: Kruger in December

Unread post by Carol g » Fri Aug 09, 2013 10:08 pm

Moobox I promise you, some of our best sightings have been in December, also you have the added advantage of seeing all the young impala and other babies that have been born in November and even early December, they are so cute.
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Re: Kruger in December

Unread post by Grantmissy » Tue Dec 03, 2013 11:23 am

In December 2000 we were in Sirheni Bushveld Camp over the festive season until after the New Year of 2001 has started. If was great - the camp was quiet and peaceful, although fully booked, and we almost everyday saw the resident leopard that was there at that stage on to opposite river bank.

May December 2013 be very good to all visitors in Kruger
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Re: Kruger in December

Unread post by tent dweller » Tue Dec 03, 2013 6:13 pm

PietSkiet wrote:My best Kruger memories are in December, best time to visit the park for sure.
Added bonus is the extended game viewing times with gate opening and closing time. Camp gates open 4h30 as suppose to 5h30 for the entrance gates which gives you an hour head start on the day visitors.


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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 post by Terri-Lee » Tue Mar 25, 2014 1:03 pm

Hi all

Please help: :pray:

My SO and I will be in Kruger for Christmas this year - and never been in KNP on christmas day itself before. We are planning a north to south trip over 2-3 weeks. :dance: :dance: :dance: Accomodation is running out FAST so must book SOON! This is the question that would really help in planning:

Do you have any ideas/suggestions about which camp to be on Christmas day itself? Or any special activities? Or is it just 'business as usual' on Christmas day? Very happy to jsut treat it like any other day but would love to know if there is anything special?


Thank you in advance for your input! it would be greatly appreciated!!

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Re: Kruger in December

Unread post by tent dweller » Wed Mar 26, 2014 5:49 am

Terri-Lee, Christmas Day in the Kruger is just business as usual, we spent last Christmas in Tamboti, we went for our usual early morning drive, opened our presents when we came back, had breakfast, went for a swim, had a nap, went for another drive then we had our Christmas braai (with all the trimmings), sat and relaxed and then went to bed. This Christmas we will be in Letaba most probably doing something very similar.
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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