The best time to go on a Kruger Park safari is between the months of June and August. At this time of year, the weather is really cool and pleasant, the land is dry, and the vegetation isn’t all that difficult to see through. This makes a trip to the park an eventful one as you are almost guaranteed to see something interesting during your time in the park.
While we can’t argue the fact that travelling to the Kruger during a South African winter certainly has its appeal, the truth is that not everyone can book a holiday over that period, for any number of reasons. The result is that guests wanting to go on a safari might only be able to go on a safari during the summer months. Instead of becoming fearful of what that might entail, especially as so many guides and articles talk about the horrors of travelling during the summer, there is actually a whole lot to look forward to.
The summer safari in Africa has its own personality. Yes, the days are going to be more than warm, but if you can work beyond that, the overall experience is going to be something to remember. Summer in South Africa falls from around October to February, and in the Kruger region, the days start getting hot by the end of August. Along with the heat, the Kruger sits in a summer rainfall region, so the moment it starts getting warm, the days get drenched in much-needed rain and often the afternoons include a huge thunderstorm, which is absolutely something that you will want to experience.
Aside from the picture perfect summer weather, there are a couple of other reasons why you should consider booking a summer safari.
When you travel to the Kruger in the summer season, you are travelling during the low season. Not many people want to go on safari at this time of year, for various reasons, so Kruger Park safari packages and accommodation can be a lot cheaper than it would be when travelling during the high season.
Although the locals might flock to the parks for their annual December break, for the most part the Kruger is quieter than it would be during the busier season. This is great news for travellers, because it will allow you to just about have the place to yourself.
The summer landscape is absolutely unlike any other time of the year and along with being able to see all sorts of plants, there is also the chance of getting to see new born animals, which is something you don’t see at any other time of the year. And because of the rains, the air has cleared and so when you are taking photos, the images can be clearer and have a lot more personality.