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Re: 3rd visit to KNP thinking of Nov/Dec'15?

Unread post by Elsa » Tue Aug 05, 2014 3:32 pm

Warm welcome to the forum GILLYFLOWER! :clap:

Have a read through Kruger in November and also December :thumbs_up:

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Re: 3rd visit to KNP thinking of Nov/Dec'15?

Unread post by DinkyBird » Tue Aug 05, 2014 3:41 pm

Welcome to the forums GILLYFLOWER :D

November, into Dec is a MUST GO time of the year for us. We just love it. The rains start to fall, the park turns green, the migrant birds are just back and full of chirps and busyness, and the impala drop their babies.
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Re: 3rd visit to KNP thinking of Nov/Dec'15?

Unread post by Yoda » Tue Aug 05, 2014 4:22 pm

Hi,
And welcome to the Forum

I was in Kruger in December 2012, and December 2013
And have booked to go again this coming December.

It tends to get hot from mid morning.
But I found it is a fantastic time of year.
The bush is green. Migrant birds are about.

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Re: 3rd visit to KNP thinking of Nov/Dec'15?

Unread post by cheetahlady » Tue Aug 05, 2014 4:34 pm

Hi Gillyflower,

We have stayed once in December (New Year). The park was lovely, green, great bird life. Try avoid SA school holidays if you can as the park is a lot busier then (especially in the South).
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Re: 3rd visit to KNP thinking of Nov/Dec'15?

Unread post by Meandering Mouse » Wed Aug 06, 2014 6:11 am

A warm welcome to you, GILLYFLOWER :gflower:

I love November, early December. The veld is really alive and the sounds are the best you are going to get. With all the birds a courting, you almost need ear plugs.

Early December is surprisingly quiet (tourist wise). I would not so easily recommend after the 15th if you can help it.
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Re: 3rd visit to KNP thinking of Nov/Dec'15?

Unread post by Hippotragus » Wed Aug 06, 2014 7:00 am

Gillyflower - I also have had great trips end November/early December.

As others have said, the migrant raptors etc. are back, there has usually been some rain so the grass is green again, warm temperatures. I have also found that period is a slight lull in bookings, being so close to the December holidays, and the Park hasn't been too crowded and bookings have been relatively easy to get.

I would definitely say go for it. I am sure you will have a great trip.
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Re: 3rd visit to KNP thinking of Nov/Dec'15?

Unread post by suebfly » Wed Aug 06, 2014 7:15 am

I am sure your mind has been made up already by the previous, great comments everybody has made. I have been in most months of the year and November is my favourite month. The park is not very full, it is not too hot yet, the birds are coming back, lots of babies around - wonderful. So for me first choice would always be the last two weeks of November. If you need to go into December - as has already been said - the school holidays start at the end of the first week and the park is a very different place for about 6 weeks

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Re: 3rd visit to KNP thinking of Nov/Dec'15?

Unread post by ekoppen » Mon Aug 11, 2014 11:36 pm

:hello: and welcome Gillyflower,
We have spent every November and the first part of December (see below) in Kruger for the last nine years and this is why we go then. We take anti malaria medication because it's the season but have never been bitten by a mosquito in Kruger.

The new green of the grass (brighter than Ireland)
The newly leafed out trees (uh-oh, an Elle got that one)
The rains and thunder storms and lightning shows. (But wait twenty minutes and the sun is out again)
The newly born Impala fawns (But wait an hour and there will be more)

A really beautiful time of year! :bcool:

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Re: Best time to visit KNP - where and when

Unread post by Safrica » Wed Aug 27, 2014 3:50 pm

hi there,

I´ve never been in south african summer before, only always in winter time...

Now we`re booked for early December. :dance:

We always had a normal rental car.
Will visibility be a huge problem in a normal car? Surely there is more grass, bushes etc. where animals can hide but it can`t be such a difference I guess?

Renting a higher SUV is definately more expensive of course.

What do you drive with in summer?

Of course no one exactly knows how much rain will fall and how green/lush it will be early december, I know...

Thanks for sharing some of your summer exeperience as I´m a rookie to that season :roll: :D

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1-2 December: Lower Sabie
3-4 December: Satara
5-6 December: Balule
7-8 December: Letaba
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Re: Best time to visit KNP - where and when

Unread post by DinkyBird » Wed Aug 27, 2014 4:04 pm

Hi Safrica

Safrica wrote:Of course no one exactly knows how much rain will fall and how green/lush it will be early december, I know...


As you say, it is very difficult to predict what the bush will be like. No matter what, it is still a wonderful time to visit the park. And it should at least be green by then, so you will see a totally different, and still very beautiful, park to what you are used to seeing.

If the bush is thick and the grass very long, then no matter what car you drive, it is not easy to see animals hiding in the bush/grass.
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Re: Best time to visit KNP - where and when

Unread post by Bush Baptist » Thu Aug 28, 2014 12:08 pm

Safrica wrote:Now we`re booked for early December. :dance:

Will visibility be a huge problem in a normal car? Surely there is more grass, bushes etc. where animals can hide but it can`t be such a difference I guess?


In early December the first rains will have fallen and the bush will be green, but it should not yet have 'exploded' with foliage.

It is a great time to visit. You can (and should) leave camp at 4h30, and see a lot of animals on the road in the first 2 hours.

We stayed at Croc Bridge and took the tar road out and returned via the dirt roads. I used to drive my Dad's old Merc and we had no trouble with sightings then.
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Re: Best time to visit KNP - where and when

Unread post by Safrica » Thu Aug 28, 2014 1:16 pm

Bush Baptist wrote:You can (and should) leave camp at 4h30, and see a lot of animals on the road in the first 2 hours.

Will have to get used to getting up that early but I`m sure we will manage. There is indeed a difference between 6 and 4.30... :roll:
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30 November: Pretoriuskop
1-2 December: Lower Sabie
3-4 December: Satara
5-6 December: Balule
7-8 December: Letaba
9-10 December: Tamboti

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Re: Best time to visit KNP - where and when

Unread post by Bush Baptist » Thu Aug 28, 2014 2:27 pm

Get to bed real early or have a siesta at midday. It is worth it.
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Re: Best time to visit KNP - where and when

Unread post by Lepardfan » Thu Aug 28, 2014 2:33 pm

Through the years we have noticed that @8 in the evenings, most of the time we are already in bed, after a long days travelling in the park.

I believe that one gets quickly used to being ready @4:30 when the gates open, this of course excludes my teenage daughters. :tongue:
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Trying to decide on the best green month

Unread post by LeftyLynn » Tue Nov 18, 2014 3:00 am

Hello! I'm so excited to be back on the forum to plan my next visit to Kruger.

I need a little help deciding what month we should go. We visited the park the first part of October 2013 and stayed in 7 camps beginning in the south and ending in the north at Punda Maria. We plan to do the same thing again. Just maybe not the same exact camps, although we did love them all. For our next visit we would like to go when the park is green.

I'm aware that there's a few disadvantages to the green season such as the animals may be more difficult to spot, more bugs/mosquitos, hotter temps, rains, possible flooding, etc.. However, I'm aware of some of the advantages too such as migrant birds (we're just as much into the birds as we are the animals) , flowers, baby animals and just a different overall look to the park than we got last time.

Any suggestions and opinions on what month we should consider would be greatly appreciated! Right now I'm leaning toward December since it seems there would be less chance of flooding than in January, February or March. At first I was looking at March though, but it sounds like the vegetation is at it's thickest then. Is this accurate?


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