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Re: BEST TIME TO VISIT KRUGER PARK

Unread postby TigerTommy » Sun Feb 16, 2014 7:12 pm

Hi Jonnyboyjf07.

I have been to Kruger all at different times in the year, May, September, October, December and have been told the same things but honestly each trip has produced something different. The vegetation changes, the landscapes change, the sightings change and I wouldn't change anyone of them. The bush is the bush and the animals are there all year round, it is just about being in the right place at the right time. November will be great for the little impalas (if the first rains have fallen) and the flowers and plants will start changing as well as the new green shoots should start coming out.

I hope you have a great time, no matter what month you choose.

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Re: BEST TIME TO VISIT KRUGER PARK

Unread postby cheetah2111 » Sun Feb 16, 2014 7:51 pm

One of the very special months to be in Kruger is indeed November :D
As has already been said; Young lambs everywhere! Lovely to see the babies in the Park :D The Park is lush and beautiful, yet the bush is not yet overgrown and the grass is not yet towering high. You might have lots of rain; or just afternoon showers ... its the luck of the draw! But November is highly recommended :thumbs_up:
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Re: BEST TIME TO VISIT KRUGER PARK

Unread postby Meandering Mouse » Mon Feb 17, 2014 5:45 am

Johnnuboy, I have had some of my best sightings in November. The rains have not yet made the grass to long and if the rains are late, the waterholes can be very busy.

As Cheetah stated, this is a time of year for baby antelope. They are a delight.

Many birds are returning, love is in the air and it is simply wonderful.

The only issue some people have is the heat, but that can be all of the summer months. I would not hesitiate for a moment to take a November trip.

Weather wise, May is my favorite month. Sighting wise, it has to be November.
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Re: BEST TIME TO VISIT KRUGER PARK

Unread postby Hippotragus » Mon Feb 17, 2014 2:28 pm

Hi johnnyboy and welcome to the Forums. You will find a lot in useful information here and be able to "chat" to like-minded people.

First of all, Lion Sands Camp in not in the Kruger National Park and is not run by SANParks. On the Forums we can only discuss SANParks-run camps and parks and other pertinent information. My answers below refer to Kruger National Park.

I have been in Kruger National Park a couple of times in late-November and have found the sightings no less than in other months. The migrant birds (including raptors) are back then and there are lots of newborn impalas around.

Sightings of the Big 5 are always a matter of luck - being in the right place at the right time - and not really dependent on time of year. For big cat sightings, very early in the morning (get out of the camp gate as it opens) or on a night drive (only available on SANParks Vehicles and booked at the camp you are staying in) are the best times - the cats usually find some shade to rest in during the midday heat.

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Unread postby skywalker2251 » Tue Feb 18, 2014 7:37 pm

Yep I think it's very confusing to a new visitor. I often speak with people who have traveled to South Africa once. They often tell me they visited Kruger during their stay for a few days, which leads me to ask the question of where did they stay. Most of the time, it's in one of the private reserves outside of Kruger, but they still think they went to Kruger.

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Re: BEST TIME TO VISIT KRUGER PARK

Unread postby DinkyBird » Wed Feb 19, 2014 11:35 am

I have done a bit of sweeping in this topic as some posts are really not in the spirit of these forums.

A warm welcome to the newbie - we are here to assist where we can; and if you are not treated with a warm welcome, please let the mods deal with it.

November weather can be wet as it is when the rain season starts, but Nov is one of my favourite times to visit the park. The birds are about, the impala drop their lambs and bush comes alive after winter ....

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Unread postby Bush Baptist » Wed Feb 19, 2014 11:46 am

Thanks for your concern young man, but I have a life and have been awarded the title of advisor of the year by my fellow forumites 3 times, and have won other things as well.

I love to assist people by giving precise advice, but it is difficult when the questions are vague and inaccurate.

The best time to visit Kruger is any time, which is better than being at work, but you are thinking about late November, which I found to be a great time in the park, because it had already rained, so the bush was greener but not yet exploded, the migratory birds were back, the lambing season had started, and the animals were getting better quality food.

I hope that helps you.

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Re: BEST TIME TO VISIT KRUGER PARK

Unread postby squirrel_asc » Wed Feb 19, 2014 12:45 pm

November is a great time to visit Kruger, as if every other month of the year. As someone mentioned, in November, you will find the park full of migratory birds, and tiny, cute lambs. Just be aware that it can be very hot, and make sure you take the necessary precautions to protect yourself against Malaria. :wink:

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Re: BEST TIME TO VISIT KRUGER PARK

Unread postby saraf » Wed Feb 19, 2014 1:17 pm

It's difficult at times, especially for foreign nationals and especially those whose first language is not English, to know what to ask. Kruger is the size of a small country and the selection of accommodation and where to stay and what to do is very confusing for the un-initiated.

For example, my first couple of visits I didn't realise that you could stay in Bush Camps. It's only by reading what other people have asked and reported on that I have experienced them.

Sometimes a general question is like dipping your toe in the water. Sometimes you don't know what you don't know.
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Re: BEST TIME TO VISIT KRUGER PARK

Unread postby Bush Baptist » Wed Feb 19, 2014 1:25 pm

Quite so saraf.

The heading to this thread is the problem though.

Best time for what? :hmz:

To find suitable accom?
To avoid malaria?
To avoid rain?
To get special prices?
To see migrant birds?
To do a walk?

The list is amost endless.

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Re: BEST TIME TO VISIT KRUGER PARK

Unread postby saraf » Wed Feb 19, 2014 2:10 pm

Every month of the year has its own pros and cons when visiting.

November specifically has changeable weather, one day it can be hot, other days it can pour with rain and be relatively chilly.

If there has been rain, the park can start to look green, with leaves returning to the trees and grass shoots beginning to emerge.

The birds start to get their breeding plumage and are colourful and the summer visitors are returning.

The impala lambs are being born, for me this is the deciding factor in visiting in November.
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Re: BEST TIME TO VISIT KRUGER PARK

Unread postby saraf » Wed Feb 19, 2014 2:13 pm

johnnyboyjf07 wrote:Hello I'm looking to book up and visit Lion sands in the kruger park but the only time available is in late november as i have spoken to some people and they have told me the weather won't be good and i won't see any wild animals :dance: :think: :cam:


My bold. I think the question is pretty obvious if we take time.
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Re: BEST TIME TO VISIT KRUGER PARK

Unread postby johanrebel » Wed Feb 19, 2014 9:03 pm

Despite the vagaries of the weather, which nobody can predict anyway, November is my favorite Kruger month by far. Has been for as long as I can remember. I even go to the extreme of trying to ensure that I have no obligations or commitments of any kind that month, so I can spend it guess where.

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Re: BEST TIME TO VISIT KRUGER PARK

Unread postby Grantmissy » Thu Feb 20, 2014 7:23 am

During November in Kruger we have had some of our best sightings including the abundance of Impala lambs already mentioned. It can get hot though we once experienced a heat wave with daily temperatures 40+ during the time that we visited. But despite the high temperatures we went for many drives seeing many animals and had a very good time and therefore I can say :thumbs_up: for visiting Kruger during the month of November.
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Re: BEST TIME TO VISIT KRUGER PARK

Unread postby Bush Baptist » Thu Feb 20, 2014 9:54 am

For me, 40+ is definitely not good weather, as I sit here suffering from heat rash from the heat wave we had in the last few days.
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