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Re: Weather in KNP in November

Unread post by DinkyBird » Fri Jul 06, 2012 10:37 am

Hi wilddog

We have been in Kruger 3 out of the last four Novembers. All camping.

One year, a week camping in a small tent, and the weather was lovely, it only rained during the night once. Middle of Nov. The park was very green, as it had had rain earlier in Nov already.

Next year, the rains were late ... the park was still dry. Then we had a really odd weather pattern, a once in many years type of thing and rain non stop for four days.

Last year, we spent the entire month of Nov in the park. It can get very hot as Radman said. The rains came later in the month, so it was still 'dry' when we got there early in the month.

My point: it is difficult to predict the weather/rain for that time of the year.

I would go - it will be a bit hot, especially coming from Europe. But it is a WONDERFUL time to visit the park. The park comes alive after the winter, the impala drop their lambs from about mid Nov on, and the birds return.
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Re: Weather in KNP in November

Unread post by DinkyBird » Sat Jul 07, 2012 8:22 pm

Wilddog, I would hate you to have a bad trip, with loads of wet weather. prediction for Nov 2012 No idea if that website is worth much, or if anyone can predict weather that far in advance.
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Re: Low levels in dams and rivers

Unread post by cheetah2111 » Wed Jul 18, 2012 8:22 pm

It is dry, yes.
But that is just the way things are. Wet cycles advantage some animals, whereas drought favors others. :hmz:
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Re: Weather in Kruger

Unread post by ndloti » Mon Nov 12, 2012 2:14 pm

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October Rainfall .
MPUMALANGA
ERMELO WO
91
GRASKOP AWS
147
KRUGER MPUMALANGA INT. AIR.
171
SKUKUZA
88
LIMPOPO PROVINCE
ALLDAYS HALY ARS
49
GRAVELOTTE
07
GRAVELOTTE ARS
07
HAENERTSBURG ARS
100
HANS MERENSKY N.S
59
HOEDSPRUIT
52
LEPHALALE
94
LOUIS TRICHARDT
83
MARA
72
MARKEN
53
MOKOPANE
60
PHALABORWA AIRPORT AWS
65
POLOKWANE WO
86
PONTDRIFT
27
PUNDA MARIA
35
SOEKMEKAAR - POL
69
STEENBOKFONTEIN ARS
92
THABAZIMBI
24
THOHOYANDOU WO
85
TOM BURKE S.A.P.S. ARS
75
TZANEEN-WESTFALIA ESTATE
99
VENETIA MINE
19
VILLA NORA-POL
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Re: Weather in Kruger

Unread post by johanrebel » Thu Dec 20, 2012 5:37 pm

Kobus Botha's www.weatherphotos.co.za is by far the best out there. It basically says it all in pictures, and is a one-stop-shop for just about every radar and satellite image out there. Excellent!

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Re: Temperature

Unread post by Elsa » Wed Aug 07, 2013 10:54 pm

As Imberbe says, it will be cold and of course how cold really depends on whether a cold front has moved over the area not as that can make quite a difference.
My map book says the winter temps range from an average daily minimum of 9.1C and maximum of 25.8C with an av. seasonal temp of 22.5C

There is quite and interesting Topic on Weather in KNP
might give you some ideas of average temps etc for this time of year.

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Re: Temperature

Unread post by lion queen » Thu Aug 08, 2013 7:42 am

Hi JMJ,

Have a look here for 7 day weather forecast

It depends on which part of the park you"ll be visiting. And whether there might be a cold front on it's way.
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Re: weather in sep and oct

Unread post by Elsa » Wed Aug 27, 2014 1:38 pm

A few topics for you to read!
Kruger in October
September

and Weather in Kruger

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How will the current weather affect November 2015

Unread post by heritagearts » Sun Jul 12, 2015 12:02 am

Is this dry season going to affect conditions in Oct and Nov. We are planning 2 weeks in KTP and Kruger and would like to hear what others think about El Nino or the current drought conditions and what to anticipate as the season gets drier.

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Re: How will the current weather affect November 2015

Unread post by DinkyBird » Sun Jul 12, 2015 1:31 am

I am sure it will only get drier between now and November. And this does place stress on the animals, and the bush, but it also has its advantages. Drinking water will dry up and that means the animals will congregate around where there is water left, making for good sightings in those areas. Also, although the bush will have started to green for summer, Oct/Nov is still fairly dry and sparse.

Of course, there could be good rains early on in the season (mid Oct) and then it will be a time of plenty.

Then again, I believe Natal has just received unseasonal rain - badly needed.

So, the wonder of Nature, always keeping us guessing :D
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Re: How will the current weather affect November 2015

Unread post by Meandering Mouse » Sun Jul 12, 2015 5:15 am

Heritagearts, I have booked a few days in November, for the simple reason that it is just my favorite month.

If the rains have started, there are green shoots everywhere, but not enough to affect viewing. If the rains have not started yet, I tend to spend time at waterholes waiting for the animals to come and drink.

It is the best time for baby animals. The impala, in particular, give birth to their young, and they can be seen in nurseries everywhere.

The heat can be a problem, and if the thunder storms have started, it can be unbearably humid before the storm breaks. This is when I try to have a nap. I prefer to rise very early and take advantage of the cooler mornings.

I have been in Kruger when the rains have started in earnest. It was preceded by a heat wave and then followed by a few days of rain. The rain was actually welcome and it is another unique Kruger sighting.

I have been told the lions don't like the wet grass and like to use the roads during the wet days. They can use wet tar to assist in hunting, as animals, particularly giraffe, can be unsteady.

I remember the 2000 floods and I think it was preceded by an El Nino weather system. The floods came in February, if I remember correctly. We were on holiday close to Kruger when the weather changed. It had been a very dry November up until early December.

The 2012 floods came in January. I have never heard of floods in November, it is just too early.
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Re: How will the current weather affect November 2015

Unread post by Meandering Mouse » Mon Jul 13, 2015 5:52 am

Over pack and under plan sounds perfect. :thumbs_up:

There has been a lot of concern about the dryness of the Park. My own experience has been that the rains only really start in October. By the time November rolls in, it is starting to turn green.

I find October the most difficult month... very hot and humid. November seems to have better afternoon showers, breaking the humidity.

I remember it being very dry the year of the El Nino. The dryness was broken in December and followed by days of rain. It was broken by one of the loudest and most spectacular storms that I have ever witnessed.

I do think that global warming is affecting weather patterns and there is a lot more unpredictability. I actually enjoy the showers that Kruger offers. I also enjoy it when the rain sets in a bit, as it beaks the humidity.

Just go from day to day and be prepared. I have experienced remarkable drops in temperature in many visits. I have been caught off guard. Twice it has dropped from mid forties to mid twenties in a couple of hours. Once in October and once early January.
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Re: How will the current weather affect November 2015

Unread post by Graham_5000 » Wed Jul 15, 2015 8:33 pm

I have seen mozzies in the Phalaborwa region at the end of the wet season (April). I have never seen a mozzie in winter, but do you see them in October often (at the start of the wet season), or do they need a bit of time to get going?!
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Re: How will the current weather affect November 2015

Unread post by Elsa » Wed Jul 15, 2015 10:06 pm

I don't think one can ever let your guard down over when or where there will be mozzies in Kruger.
Granted there will be a somewhat lesser risk in winter but bottom line is you only need 1 bite from an infected one to become ill.

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Re: Weather in Kruger

Unread post by Elsa » Sun Aug 02, 2015 8:39 pm

I think the answers to many of your questions will be in this topic and even How Hot does it really get and also Kruger in Winter

Wishing you a wonderful trip whatever the weather! :thumbs_up:


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