Kruger in February

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Re: Kruger in February

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I agree with Elsa.

We found the citronella candles to be pretty effective. I have also taken Mozzie mats with me in the past. Even if it is hot, try to wear socks in the evening. Mozzies do like ankles. I have also had a problem with pepper ticks. Tabbard usually keeps them off. If you go walking, remember to cover as much as your body as possible. They can get under clothes and their bites are extremely itchy and irritating.
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Re: Kruger in February

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Maybe just lucky but I have never been that bothered my mosquitoes. They will often appear several weeks after a warm,wet spell during which they breed!
Warm humid nights in January and February can result in large numbers of crickets; one night drive was particularly 'unpleasant'! And one night at Olifants had to be spent indoors as millions of small black 'beetles' descended.on the camp.
It is also at this time of year that occasional eruptions happen; I have seen Satara drowning in praying mantises, and the whole Park carpeted with armoured crickets. Fascinating.
My only unpleasant insect encounter (in 25 years!) was with a blister beetle. Another good reason to use DEET. A large blister on my leg - fortunately these are usually painless and disappear after a week or so.

Over the years I have always advised friends this; if it will be your one and only trip to a game park and you only have a week or so - go in August or September. But if you have longer and it is your second trip - go in January or February. You will still see lots of mammals, the bird life will be spectacular, and the Park just looks amazing. Green and full of life!
Bear in mind that January has a very early and late gate hours and thus very long days -tiring. I prefer February! And will be there again in 5 weeks!!!

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Re: Kruger in February

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Hi fellow forumites

We usually go to Kruger over Christmas/New Year’s but decided after our last trip 2013/2014 that the park was just too busy and cramped for our liking. We had a couple of distasteful ‘visitor’ experiences (the human kind) :slap: ………..but we had our most successful wildlife/birds sightings to date :dance: …….even a black *** and cheetah :dance:

We frequent Kruger not only for the Big 5, we’re also after the peace and tranquillity, the green lush scenery, the excellent birding opportunities and the list goes on


We decided to rather visit the park during the ‘low season’ after the school holidays…….the first two weeks in February 2015………… Tamboti became the camp of choice……

We don’t take issue with the abundance of bugs ect and potential low wildlife sightings(luckily we don’t have that problem), I am however concerned with the hot humid temperatures, February flood potential, higher malaria risk and the level of snake activity….especially in Tamboti.

The measure to be taken against malaria is well covered........
but

Does anyone know how uncomfortably hot it might get early February? :hmz:
Some days will be spent on the tent deck relaxing, not driving around so no air-con

I know it is rainy season, but what is the potential of flooding? We drive a normal sedan and I would hate to postpone our visit on the last minute........
(Although I wouldn’t mind seeing the Timbavati River flowing)

Did anyone ever had a snake ‘visiting’ the inside of their tents at Tamboti that time of year? We wont be walking around at night in the camp I am a bit concerned about a snake visiting the tents :tongue:
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Re: Kruger in February

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Remi, the chances of flooding in Summer are always a possibility but not necessarily going to happen.
Floods don't occur every year, thank goodness. :wink:
We were in the park in March this year and seeing the rivers rising and coming down in flood was quite an experience.
We have been going to the park in Feb/Mar for the last 6 or 7 years now and have had mixed weather conditions, a few extremely hot days but also a lot of surprisingly cool days.
Often a nice thunder storm will occur in the late afternoon and cool things down considerably.
As far as snakes in the tents go I would not worry about it too much, snakes will generally keep their distance from man if possible but of course one needs to just be careful about walking around after dark without adequate lighting.
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How is Kruger in february ??

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We want to go to KNP end of january beginning february.We were never there in this season. How is it to visit Kruger at this moment of the year.It's rainy season but was does this mean ....rainfall all over the day or just from time tot time? I saw also in this forum for the last years that there were heavy rains,flooded camps and closed roads.Is this always the case at these period of the year.And wich camps in the south and up to Shingwedze are the best and dry(er) ?Croc Br is closed from time to time and others ??
Does it mean that it is already green season with higher grass and difficult for spotting.We thought it was very hot during day and even night??And the herds are more in the south during this season?
A lot of questions but thanks for your help.
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Re: How is Kruger in february ??

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Hi alexmagda.

I have been a few times in February and each time has been different. I would not recommend it for people who struggle with heat and humidity.

On the negative side, if it rains, the humidity can be horrible in the build up. If it does not rain, it can still be very hot and humid.
The bush is very thick, so sightings are not that easy.

On the positive side, the bush is lush and beautiful. It is great for scenery. I like to drive, not expecting anything, just enjoying the beauty. Sometimes there is a big surprise.

The bush is also very noisy with bird sound. I rather like that as well.

If you are sensitive to heat, I would rather do a less humid month.
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Weather during February.

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Hi all. We will be in Kruger from the 5th of February for 15 nights. Can someone comment on the weather during this time.
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Re: Weather during February.

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Welcome to the Forum, Andries Peyper! I am sure that you will enjoy many enjoyable hours here! :D :D :D

I think that February can be one of the warmest months in Kruger, with temperatures reaching 40 degrees on occasion. Our vehicle once indicated 46! We also often have thunderstorms and once we had a full week of cool, overcast weather with a non-stop drizzle. For our upcoming visit mid February, we will be watching the weather with keen interest in order to be alerted to possible road closures due to heavy rain - so that is also something to be aware of.
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Re: Kruger in February

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Lots of good advice here - here are my thoughts:

February can be very hot, but you are staying in units, with aircon, so will escape the heat at night, and for a time during the day. I would not let the heat put me off going. One Feb we went we could not understand why folk talked about 'the heat' ; it was not as bad as we expected. This year, it was bad - due to the drought I am sure. But hopefully by next Feb, the rainfall pattern in the park will be normal again, :pray: and it will be a cooler time than it was this year. Days of 45-48 degrees ....

A huge bonus of visiting the park in Feb is that it is very quiet.
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Re: Kruger in February

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Warm welcome to the forum Rbrowers :clap:

Just do hope it won't be a hot as it was this Feb, the hottest we have felt in 10 years of visiting the park at this time. :big_eyes:
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