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Re: Best time to visit KNP - where and when

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

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Re: Best time to visit KNP - where and when

Unread postby 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 postby 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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Re: Trying to decide on the best green month

Unread postby Grantmissy » Tue Nov 18, 2014 7:35 am

Welcome back on the forum to plan your next visit LeftyLynn :D

Depending on the rainfall December is a good month to visit the Park to experience a green Kruger :cam: and the new born animals :cam: . I would visit during the first 15 days of December as Kruger may be quieter then. Other forum members may also have some good suggestions. I hope you will have a good visit :thumbs_up:
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Re: Trying to decide on the best green month

Unread postby saraf » Tue Nov 18, 2014 10:54 am

I quite like the middle to end of November. You get to watch the park blossom, literally. By mid November most of the migrant birds are back, the impala babies are around and the park is beginning to green up, but not enough that you can't see too much.

All through Nov to Feb the gates are open longer so you get about 14 hours in park. The downside is the heat. November temperatures can fluctuate enormously and when it rains it can drop the temperature. No rain and temps are up into the 40s.
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Re: Trying to decide on the best green month

Unread postby Elsa » Tue Nov 18, 2014 11:49 am

Hi LeftyLyn,

Nice lovely long topic here for you to have a read through! Best time to visit KNP where and when?

And I think you will find that folks will all have their specific favourites but a few months will stand out as the all time favourite which might help you with your decision. :thumbs_up:
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Re: Best time to visit KNP end March or end June

Unread postby minettest » Thu Jun 11, 2015 8:06 am

what will be the better March school holidays (easter weekend)or June holidays. What the weather like end off March?
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Re: Best time to visit KNP - where and when

Unread postby Elsa » Thu Jun 11, 2015 9:18 am

The end of March is a gorgeous time, weather wise all over the country but the Easter long weekend in the park will be super busy.
June will be a lot cooler especially in the evenings and early mornings, but the grass will be shorter and water scarcer so possibly better sightings but one can never predict for sure.
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Unread postby BrawlerO » Sun Feb 14, 2016 10:42 am

Are there any times of the year when the park is quieter in terms of visitor volumes? :hmz:
Obviously school holidays andd weekends are likely to be busiest, any other times to avoid if looking for a quieter time?
I figure there is something good about KNP all year round so I'd rather go when others are at home.
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Re: Best time to visit KNP - where and when

Unread postby RemiE » Sun Feb 14, 2016 1:53 pm

BrawlerO, Firstly we tend to go before or after School Holidays and not close to long weekends. For instance, end January or end February. Somewhere between School Holidays and Easter Weekend. Secondly we book into the popular camps during the week and the more remote camps over the weekends. So far this served us well over the years and sometimes the bigger camps are more quiet that the smaller remote camps............I must point out that we never experienced anything but busy at Skekuza and Lower Sabie. Then again its a small price to pay if you want to see the Big 5. :D
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Re: Best time to visit KNP - where and when

Unread postby Hippotragus » Sun Feb 14, 2016 4:11 pm

May and October can be fairly quiet. I've been late-November/early-December (before schools close) and it has been very quiet. I think just avoid public holidays and government school holidays.
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Re: Best time to visit KNP - where and when

Unread postby Timbits » Sun Feb 14, 2016 6:59 pm

We were there from November 22 - December 07, 2015, which was just before school holidays. The park was extremely dry, but we had some of our best sightings ever: wild dogs, caracal, mating lions and leopards, lots of babies, sable...... The list goes on. The HUGE bonus was very few people :thumbs_up: :thumbs_up: :thumbs_up:

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