The Kruger National Park will always be one of those alluring places people want to visit. The park consists of acres upon acres of pristine, natural habitat along with a massive population of wild animals.
Each year, thousands of people enter the park and embark on the kind of safari worthy of an adventure movie. Home to the Big 5, and filled with so much to see, you could easily spend a week in the park and not see it all.
What makes a safari a successful one, can often depend on the weather. The Kruger Park is situated in one of the hottest parts of the country. In the middle of summer, the temperatures can reach highs of well over 40 degrees Celsius.
Visitors from overseas can find this heat really intimidating and unpleasant. And they are not the only ones! During the summer, animals shy away from the heat, preferring to sleep under the shade of a tree. This has a great impact on the safari, as you are not going to see a thing once the sun heats the land.
For this reason, many people agree that the best time to visit the Kruger Park is during the winter.
Just so you are informed, South Africa, and the Kruger, in particular, doesn’t experience winter like other countries. In this part of the world, the wintery weather is only really experienced in the early morning and the late afternoon. The rest of the day is pretty hot. The milder weather is almost guaranteed to improve your overall safari experience. You won’t feel exhausted by the end of the day. You are also likely to see more animals. The winter months are dry here, and so the vegetation is kept in check!
Assuming you are planning your safari in the Kruger Park for the winter months, here are some tips you might find helpful!
Tips To Keep In Mind When Travelling In Winter
- Don’t bring your entire winter wardrobe
If you come from a country that experiences “real” winter, you could be tempted to pack all of your best winter woollies. What you should do is pack one warm winter jacket and a few pairs of long pants. Warm clothing for the evening is also a must. You will find that dressing in layers is best when on safari. As the day gets warmer, you can take off unnecessary clothing and stay comfortable.
Also be sure to pack some closed, comfortable shoes along with a pair of sandals to wear when you are back at your lodgings.
- Book your tickets at the right time
Seasoned travelers know that booking their ticket at the right time of the year can make all the difference when it comes to the price. Booking your ticket during the off season, which is generally when South African children are at school, could mean that you pay less for your ticket. You should also shop around and find the route that will have you paying less.
- Get out there early
The days start in the dark and end in the dark when you visit the Kruger Park in winter. The sun rises after 6 am and sets before 6 pm, so you need to make the most of the daylight hours that you have. You might be tempted to stay in bed when the mornings are dark and cool, but the best time to go on a safari is in the early morning, before the sun rises, and head out again in the late afternoon.
When you are on safari in the Kruger National Park, remember to take it easy and simply enjoy the time you spend in the park. This is another world!
Written by Leigh-Anne Harber, content writer for Mo Afrika Tours in the category – Kruger Park Safaris https://www.moafrikatours.com/tour-category/kruger-national-park-safaris/