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Re: BEST TIME TO VISIT KRUGER PARK

Unread postby johanrebel » Fri Feb 21, 2014 12:28 am

Grantmissy wrote: It can get hot though we once experienced a heat wave with daily temperatures 40+ during the time that we visited.
Indeed it can. I spend most of my time up at Pafuri, and boy does it get hot sometimes. Not that I would use it, but there is air conditioning either.

Letaba is officially the hottest place in all South Africa (as in having the highest mean annual temperature), but if Pafuri had been equipped with an official weather station for long enough, I'm sure it would give Letaba a run for its money. The combination of very low altitude and a location far from the coast causes these extreme temperatures. Even on the hottest days the temperature rises as you descend into the Luvuvhu valley from Baobab Hill. It hits you in the face, you can feel what the car thermometer is showing you.

Highest Lowveld temperature I've experienced was farther south, and in October. The closest official SAWS met station (Phalaborwa) recorded 46°C.

Having said all that, it is possible to adapt to and deal with high temperatures.

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Re: BEST TIME TO VISIT KRUGER PARK

Unread postby moobox » Fri Feb 21, 2014 5:07 am

I dont mind the heat but it does make for some inconvenience when handling camera, binoculars, etc.. Due to perspiring and so forth. And I also dont like confining myself to an air-condtioned motor car or chalet. I was in KNP this past December and I dont think I'll do that again. It seems that KNP is a few different things. And the thing that it was in December was a holiday resort. I can get that a lot closer to home. So, I will go there when it is a game reserve rather.

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Re: BEST TIME TO VISIT KRUGER PARK

Unread postby squirrel_asc » Fri Feb 21, 2014 7:01 am

I dunno... We were in Shingwedzi last December, and the highest temperature we saw on the car display was 46 degrees. Yet, we coped. We went out early morning, when it was reasonably cool. By 10/11 am, we'd come back, and take a nap with the air-condition in the bungalow on. Then we'd go out again between 3 and 4pm. It was hot, yes. I kept a spray bottle with water in the cooler in the car, and when the heat became unbearable, I'd spray myself all over. Then I'd be comfortable again for a while.

The only part that really sucked was that we had to go to bed with the (noisy!) aircon switched on in order to get any sleep, so no night sounds :( I would do it again, though. I can really cope with having the woodlands kingfishers wake me up in the morning :D (I would just make sure that next time we don't get a bungalow that faces North-West! That was really stupid :roll: )

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Re: BEST TIME TO VISIT KRUGER PARK

Unread postby Grantmissy » Fri Feb 21, 2014 7:07 am

:doh: 46 degrees is hot Squirrel. Johan up there at Pafuri it can be sizzling :D How are the sightings? But I guess a person who stays there permanently 'climatise' and become used to the heat. Some visitors currently in the Park mentioned on the forum that the last few days were very hot and humid. But there are days during summer that the weather can be cool to moderate and rainy as well.
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Re: BEST TIME TO VISIT KRUGER PARK

Unread postby squirrel_asc » Fri Feb 21, 2014 7:15 am

Grantmissy wrote::doh: 46 degrees is hot Squirrel.

Yup. Very hot! :shock: But oh, the bird-life up North in the summer! It's worth any amount of discomfort! 8)

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Unread postby Grantmissy » Fri Feb 21, 2014 7:20 am

I agree Squirrel, Kruger is such a special place to visit. We cannot do anything about the weather but we can still enjoy ourselves even when the "heat is on" :wink: :thumbs_up:
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Re: BEST TIME TO VISIT KRUGER PARK

Unread postby Hiker2014 » Sat Feb 22, 2014 10:38 am

Shutterbug wrote:My favourite time of the year is most peoples least favourite time, February, coming from Canada's winter we are in desperate need of heat and UV rays so after the morning drive we hang out at the pool and soak it all in :-) today is a bit cooler and overcast (we are in Skukuza right now) but still a nice warm day for us. We are lucky enough to visit for a month every year so don't feel like we have to rush around to see everything in a couple days.


One month in Kruger :shock: , I´m starting to feel a bit worried just in case the same bug bites us, so we couldn´t stop visiting Kruger...
Lucky you, from paradise ( I love Rockies) to paradise! Enjoy!

Is August/September a good time to visit Kruger? I hope so, it´s our time.

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Unread postby Shutterbug » Sat Feb 22, 2014 3:44 pm

Hiker2014 wrote:
One month in Kruger :shock: , I´m starting to feel a bit worried just in case the same bug bites us, so we couldn´t stop visiting Kruger...
Lucky you, from paradise ( I love Rockies) to paradise! Enjoy!

Is August/September a good time to visit Kruger? I hope so, it´s our time.

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Oh trust me, the bug WILL bite :) I also have to agree with you, I don't think I have seen a more beautiful part of the world than my home and I thank my lucky stars every day but it is soooo nice to get some heat and sun in the middle of our winter and yes Kruger is also a paradise.
Sorry I cant comment on August/September I have never visited in those months, we like the heat :)

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Re: BEST TIME TO VISIT KRUGER PARK

Unread postby johanrebel » Sat Feb 22, 2014 9:10 pm

squirrel_asc wrote:the highest temperature we saw on the car display was 46 degrees.
The car display usually shows a value considerably higher than the real temperature ("real" as in when the temperture is measured in the standardized manner used at official met stations), especially when you are driving in full sun, and even more so if you are driving on a sizzling hot tar road that's radiating heat.

I have a miniature weather station dangling from my bag, which bag usually rides on the floor by the front seat, i.e. mostly in the shade. It generally indicated a temperature several degrees lower than the car display does, but even that is too high.

As a very rough rule of thumb, I would say that you need to subtract 4 of 5 degrees from whatever the display shows on a sunny day, but only 1 or 2 on a cloudy one.

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Unread postby 4O4-5O4 » Sun Mar 16, 2014 9:21 pm

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Unread postby Meandering Mouse » Mon Mar 17, 2014 6:29 am

I was watching Carte Blanche last night and there was a section on global warming and changing weather patterns. There have been floods for three years running now in Jan/Feb. I do hope that this is not a new pattern. My experience in the past has been floods followed by dry patches.

I wonder if anyone can recall a period when there has been three years of floods. :hmz:
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Unread postby Grantmissy » Mon Mar 17, 2014 7:23 am

Meandering Mouse wrote:I wonder if anyone can recall a period when there has been three years of floods.


Interesting question MM. From past climate/weather the Climatologists/Meteorologists have established that there are wet cycles and dry cycles in Kruger. Flooding for three years in a row is perhaps a new Kruger record in terms of the weather :hmz: Or perhaps global warming will change all of this and flooding may become more frequent.
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Re: BEST TIME TO VISIT KRUGER PARK

Unread postby Kremetart » Mon Mar 17, 2014 9:10 am

Hiker2014 wrote:Is August/September a good time to visit Kruger? I hope so, it´s our time.

Aug/Sept is a very nice time to visit. The combination of cooler temperature, less lush vegetation and the fact that there are fewer water sources makes for easier viewing of most mammal species. The malaria risk is also lower that time of the year. The drawback of Aug/Sept is most trees are less spectacular because of the winter and there are less birds. Having said that - anytime in Kruger is a feast!

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Re: BEST TIME TO VISIT KRUGER PARK

Unread postby saraf » Mon Mar 17, 2014 12:15 pm

I remember in the early days of the forum - 9 years ago - Bert was doing rain dances for Kruger as there had been a mini-drought after the floods of 2000.
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Re: BEST TIME TO VISIT KRUGER PARK

Unread postby Meandering Mouse » Mon Mar 17, 2014 12:42 pm

We can blame it all on Bert :whistle:
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