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Kruger in May

Discuss the different camps and roads of the Kruger National Park
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Re: Kruger in April/May

Unread post by noeg » Wed Sep 10, 2014 8:29 am

Thank you guys. Booked the flight and camps last nights: 13 nights in April/May.
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Re: Kruger in May

Unread post by Meandering Mouse » Thu Sep 11, 2014 4:31 am

I wish you a wonderful trip. :thumbs_up:
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Re: Kruger in May

Unread post by leervis » Mon Jan 05, 2015 6:02 pm

Just confirmed my booking, 4 nights at Punda and then 4 at Balule. It is a while since I have spent time in KNP in May and so I am looking forward to the trip. Cool enough to enjoy a fire at night and maybe even a hot water bottle for the tent.
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Re: Kruger in May

Unread post by Jinks » Fri Jan 16, 2015 7:04 pm

My first post on the forum is to say that I'm very encouraged by this thread as my wife and I are booked to arrive in KNP on May 1st for 6 nights. I was fortunate to visit the park a couple of years ago when on a trip with friends but it will be my wife's first visit so I really want it to be a memorable experience for her.

We are staying the first two nights in Skukuza followed by four in Satara and are currently planning routes and trips. One of the group on our original visit grew up in Phalaborwa although he now lives in the UK and he has been visiting KNP at least once a year for many years so we were able to leave all the planning to him but this time we're on our own so trying hard to make sure we make the right decisions about routes and times at this stage rather than when it's too late.

One piece of information that I've searched the forum for with no success is a suggestion for a good animal /bird identification book. Things that are everyday sightings for the seasoned visitor will all be new to us so any recommendations would be gratefully received.
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Re: Kruger in May

Unread post by Elsa » Fri Jan 16, 2015 9:34 pm

Warm welcome to the forum Jinks! :clap:

Your best bet would be to buy one of the Map books at either the gate when you enter the park or at any of the camp shops.
Most of them have pictures of the common birds and animals one is likely to encounter as well as the road maps so a good purchase all round.
Otherwise if you require more detailed books then there is a wealth of info in the Bookshelf

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Re: Kruger in May

Unread post by leervis » Sun Jan 25, 2015 1:17 pm

Hi Jinks, For birds I can highly recommend the Roberts app. if you use a smart phone. Really works well.
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Re: Kruger in May

Unread post by ctm7943 » Mon Mar 30, 2015 8:46 am

Glad to read that so many Mites enjoy May in KNP.
I will be travelling solo in May 2015 (Sat/LS/CB/Sku) for 10 days.
Previously made 1st visit in Sept 2014 with SO.
Hoping to have a bit of a different experience. Was a little dissapointed to find some waterholes bone-dry (especially Duke's) and the wild fires seemed to affect our viewing also - there were soo many burned and smoldering areas :( .
However, we did see a lot over our 4 days of self driving & guided drives in the park with the low grasses.

From what I have been reading, the past months have been dryer (less rain) than normal.
So, by mid-May should the water holes still have water (especially Duke's) & the grass be lower than normal for May?

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Re: Kruger in May

Unread post by Elsa » Mon Mar 30, 2015 10:02 am

It really depends on whether there have been late rains or not as to how much water there will be in waterholes.
It seems it has generally been a drier Summer so far this year but the rainy season is not yet over so there might just be some more but I wouldn't count too much on it.
I am not expecting to see as much water or long grass this year as in previous ones.

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Re: Kruger in May

Unread post by ctm7943 » Mon Mar 30, 2015 4:23 pm

Thanks Elsa,
When is the end of the rain season?

Can someone who is currently in the park or visited very recently provide an update to the curent conditions?

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Re: Kruger in May

Unread post by BrawlerO » Mon Mar 30, 2015 4:33 pm

I just left KNP on Saturday (28th) after two weeks travelling all over (from BND in the South to Pafuri in the far North).

Everywhere was very hot and dry and the animals were congregating around the riverbeds and waterholes.
Most days were high 30 degrees celsius and we only had a few spots of rain on one day.

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Re: Kruger in May

Unread post by ctm7943 » Mon Mar 30, 2015 5:03 pm

Thanks for the quick reply brawler,
Was the grass high in the BnD, LS, Satara areas?

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Re: Kruger in May

Unread post by BrawlerO » Tue Mar 31, 2015 3:23 pm

No the grass was already pretty thin and burnt/dying back already.
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