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Re: BEST TIME TO VISIT KRUGER PARK

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

Unread postby GILLYFLOWER » Tue Aug 05, 2014 3:19 pm

Have been to KNP twice before but in October and would like to push out dates to later in the year - what are people's experiences of this time of the year? Going to use the bush veld camps this time if we can get in!

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

Unread postby Crested Val » Tue Aug 05, 2014 3:31 pm

Welcome to the forums Gillyflower. :dance:

It will probably be quite hot then, but if that doesn't worry you, go for it!!!

You will also need to consider anti malarials.

The summer birds will all be back by then, so you will see different species than when you will have visited in October.

What ever you decide, I hope you have a wonderful trip. :dance: :dance: :dance:
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Re: 3rd visit to KNP thinking of Nov/Dec'15?

Unread postby 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 postby 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 postby 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 postby 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 postby 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 postby 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 postby 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 postby 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 postby 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
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Re: Best time to visit KNP - where and when

Unread postby 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 postby 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 postby 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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