Given the fact that the Kruger’s rainy season has well and truly arrived, if you are planning on embarking on a December safari, then you should know how to make the most of your trip even if you should get washed out.
For many, December is the only time off they can get and this is what makes this time of the year the peak season for guests to visit the Kruger. At the same time, the rains have already started pouring all over the park, and the drab browns of the trees and bushes have been replaced by a vibrant green that is absolutely unforgettable.
If you holiday in the Kruger at this time of year, you can look forward to humid days that make for a great excuse to eat ice cream for lunch. And if you are a really lucky visitor, and you are planning on spending a few days staying in the park, you should make sure that you have booked a spot in one of the camps that have a swimming pool.
While you can’t avoid the rain when you are on a Kruger Safari at this time of the year, you can always figure out how to make the most of your time here even if you do get caught out in a shower ever so often.
An afternoon shower will normally pass quite swiftly, but in the event of there being a few days of rain at a time you need to be prepared for the safari to be washed out. And should you encounter these sorts of rainy days, you should also keep in mind that you might not be seeing the sorts of wildlife that you had hoped to see, because in such weather animals often hide away.
A few waterproof coats, a good pair of closed walking shoes, and, if you are a budding photographer, you should also bring along the right kind of protective gear to prevent your camera equipment from becoming damaged beyond repair.
And instead of leaving your waterproof items in your accommodation, or at home if you are a local, you should have the items in your car with you so that you won’t get caught out in the rain.
In the rainy season, it is not just the visibility that can be impacted by the heavy water droplets. Many of the roads around the Kruger are low and rather rustic, which means they are prone to flooding and this can be incredibly dangerous. Should you come to a flooded road, you should never attempt to cross it, as you won’t be able to tell the depths of the water and so you could either be caught in flowing water that is moving a lot faster than you think, or you can end up in a sink hole!