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From mid April to September, but it is Scotland, so you never know
earlier the better, before it gets hot; winter should be nice at any time.
weekdays are less crowded, any season is pleasant, but Autumn is best.
Start early in the dry season (from november till april) and beginning of the rainy season until end of June. Shoulder season May and June, showers may occur. July and August are the Cuban school holiday.
Start the day hike to the Potholes before noon otherwise the stuff doesn't let you pass. After heavy rainfall, the Bourke's Luck Potholes can be flooded. Crowded in summer, early morning and late afternoon less busy. Best sunlight for the beautiful orange colour after midday.
Crowds and Weather
Southern winter, the dry season from May to September is the best time for traveling through the eastern part of South Africa, and it's also low season with fewer tourists, except for school holiday. Days are sunny with low humidity and nights are cold. Fewer mosquito and a very low risk for malaria. The busiest months with most tourists are in southern summer (October/November to March). This means queuing at the entrance. The rain starts end of October. The scenery gets lush and green, but during summer it’s also hot and humid and heavy rainfalls occur. Our favorite month is September: still dry and temperatures rise.
When to go? It depends on what you’re looking for. Every season is different. Read on for the best tips to plan your visit:
Avoiding Tourist Crowds
Expect a busy National Park year-round except for winter (mid-November/December - February). The main season is from May until October with most tourists and highest rates. Heaviest crowds in July/August. A sweet spot month with mild climate but without heavy crowds is early-November until mid-November. Otherwise, March/April are considered months without massive crowds.
Insider Tip: There are several tips to avoid crowds year-round. A very nice and detailed information from a hiking point of view can be found here at TripAdvisor (close the pop-up and scroll down): Itinerary for Hikers to Avoid the Crowds
December - February (Winter): It’s usually cold and chilly. The average temperature is 7°C (45°F). Often snow, and tracks can be frozen, which makes even short walks on the top dangerous. However, it’s possible there are still some good days in the first half of December. During winter months there are virtually no tourist crowds. That means you can enjoy an amazing scenery during days with pleasant weather. In February the park is closed for 1 week.
March - April (Spring): First months with more tourists but still not high season. Mild temperatures: Up to 21°C (70°F) in April, which is a beautiful month and excellent for photography: Flowers are blooming, the forest in is full of vigor, leaves are verdant
May - August (Summer): Peak season. Temperatures climb to an average of 29°C (84°F) in August. The wet season, with most rain in May/June/July. However, some tourists don’t mind the rain: It creates an enchanting atmosphere with mountains surrounded by mist.
September - October (Autumn): Still high season but usually comfortable weather and less rain than in summer months. Temperatures 20-28°C (68-82°F)
November (Winter): Fewer tourists and still comfortable temperatures and even less rain. Beautiful autumn leaves. Some say from early-November until mid-November is one of the best times.
National Holidays: Avoid the national holidays at all cost. Even more crowds and highest rates:
- Chinese Spring Festival (New Year): Late Jan/early Feb
- International Labor Day: May 01 to 03
- National Day: Oct 01-07 (the heaviest crowds of all and highest rates)