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Unread postby DuQues » Tue Sep 06, 2005 9:15 am

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Unread postby richardharris » Mon Sep 12, 2005 10:57 pm

It has been fascinating to visit KNP over the last several years and to see this cycle in action.
We first visited in 1988 which was at the end of a wet period.
I don't think I have ever seen the park quite like it was then again.

The following several years went through a really bad dry cycle, with many animals being lost to the drought.
I still don't particularly enjoy visiting in the winter -
I much prefer to see the Kruger alive, even if game viewing becomes more difficult.

This dry spell was probably longer than the 7-8 years - but ended at the end of the 1990s - in particular with the amazing events of summer 2000.

We do seem to be entering a dry period again, rather earlier than expected. But then again, weather is changing all over the world.
Who knows what effect that will have on the climate of South Africa; in the UK there are definitely changes very apparent now.

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

http://www.weathersa.co.za/

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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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.

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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: www.bbc.co.uk - 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 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 Rooies » Thu Apr 17, 2008 4:48 pm

I agree that lesser vegetation means easier game spotting. Dought is not something strange to Kruger. I think the average rainfall for the Satara area is around 350-400m per year and the animals have adapted over the ages to drought conditions(otherwise they would have moved to the tropics or die out as a species) But no matter whether it is dry or wet, the magic starts when you enter an entrance gate.

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Unread postby Imberbe » Wed Apr 23, 2008 11:14 pm

It is winter and can get quite cold at night. Maybe 8 - 15 degrees c? It tends to heat up quite a bit during the day (say 22 - 28c), but then get cold late at night and early mornings.

It is a good idea to sleep in a track suit.

I would suggest layering. Take warm clothes with and ad or take away as needed.
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Unread postby Meandering Mouse » Thu Apr 24, 2008 5:08 am

If you go in any open vehicle, early morning or night drives, dress very, very warmly.
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Unread postby Imberbe » Sat Aug 02, 2008 12:11 am

February = summer. Also peak rainfall and heat.

The bush tends to be much thicker in the summer, especially the grasses, which can influence the ease with which you can see animals. But then again the bush is so beautiful at those times. During the winter time the bush is at its driest, and it tends to be easier to see animals.

But you will always see animals, so there is actually no bad time to visit!
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Unread postby JJay » Mon Aug 11, 2008 9:40 am

We returned last night from a 3 day break in the Kruger (08/08 to 10/08) and the weather was fantastic!! Daytime temps between 26 and 30 degrees, night a little colder - only needed a jersey/jacket for the nightdrive from Olifants. Had a call from a colleague in the UK on Friday whilst in the park - it was colder there than here and it is their summer and our winter. So would recommend light clothing for day with one or two cardigans for early morning and sunset, a jacket if planning game drive at night.

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Unread postby Elsa » Tue Aug 12, 2008 9:21 am

Hi reneinsa,

September to my mind is a tricky month, being early Spring, you can get a mix of seasonal weather.
Especially camping when one is more exposed to the elements so to speak.
I would take lots of warm clothing just in case, rather be safe than sorry.
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