Waterfalls are beautiful and unique. Some of them are even more photogenic with the perfect sunlight or need a heavy rainfall to unfold its beauty.
Tugela Falls also known as Thukela Falls, is the second highest waterfall in the world. It has its origins at the Drakensberg Amphitheatre, a 5 km long rock wall in the Royal Natal National Park. The Falls are usually at its peak during the summer month from November to February in the rainy season. At this time of the year, the water level in the gorge can be high, and crossing will be more challenging. The best time to visit the Tugela Falls is after the summer rainfall in March and April. For hiking with fewer crowds and lower prices, spring and autumn are the best seasons. Climbing to the top gives you a view down to an epic landscape like sitting on a throne above the entire world.
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Weather and Hiking Conditions
- Summer; November until February can be challenging. Expect hot daytime temperatures, high humidity, high chances of thunderstorms and heavy rainfall can spoil the whole trip.
- Autumn is perfect; weather remains warm and dry from March until April and nights are colder.
- Winter; you might get snow with cold night temperatures but often a clear blue sky. Less daylight and depending on the length of the trail an early start is necessary. It may happen that the falls are a trickle only or even disappeared.
- Spring; from September to October weather can variable with sunny and warm days, but there is the possibility of snow and rain like we experienced. The temperatures are often pleasant for hiking and nights are cold.
More crowded during summer especially in December and January. It's advisable to book your accommodation in advance. It's less busy in the winter.
Summer & Fall, a climb down is required, must be comfortable with heights. Also be aware that the water level can change rapidly.
The best months are June and September, although it is a year-round destination. Peak season is July and August, therefore, higher-priced and overcrowded with up to 10.000 visitors each day.
Seasons, Crowds, and Entrance Fees (100 Kuna are 13,50 € on August 18)
- Low Season from November to March, but usually there isn’t any boat service offered from Nov. to Feb. Therefore, you can't visit Visovac Island by boat. Swimming in the winter is not allowed, although some people do it. Enjoy the tranquillity of the park. The entrance tickets are pretty cheap. Adults 30 Kuna, Children 20 Kuna.
- Shoulder Season from April until June plus September and October. These months are still busy, but the waterfalls are not overrun. It's the best time if you want to swim without crowds. Swimming is allowed until the end of September. The autumn foliage is a highlight in October. Tickets adults 110 Kn, Children 80 Kn
- Peak Season in July and August. It’s the busiest time of the year. Up to 10.000 visitors each day. If possible, avoid these two months for your visit. Tickets adults 200 Kn, Children 120 Kn. The price is reduced by 4 pm. The advantage it’s less busy in the National Park and at Skradinski Buk, the most famous waterfalls. Anyhow plan an hour just for the boat ride. Too many people are queuing. Come here early or late, but the majestic natural wonder is too beautiful to spend here 2 hours only.
Good to know
- You can purchase tickets on arrival or in advance online, which makes sense in the peak season. Link online tickets Krka
- You may need to walk back as we did because the boat service will not run until the park closes. Have a look at the boat schedule from Skradin.
Climate / Weather
Krka National Park has a mix of continental and Mediterranean climate. Usually, the winter is mild with an average around 10°C (50°F) but can drop as well to single-digit temperatures. Summer temperature is on average around 22°C (72°F) but can climb up to 30°C (86°F) in July which is typically the hottest month. Precipitation occurs year-round but is more likely in the winter months from November to February. August is the driest month.
Where to Stay
You can either stay in Sibenik, Lozovac or Skradin what we did. We highly recommend staying here minimum for one night. Krka is too majestic to rush although many people come here just for a few hours from Zadar or Split by bus. We'd chosen the Guesthouse Ankora in Skradin within walking distance to the boat transfer. Another option is Lozovac the other main entrance to Krka, although there are fewer restaurants and shops. The Apartments Slavica also have an excellent location for the National Park.
Day Trips from Split
- Day trip from Split for those who want to get to Krka easily. Groups get a discount for the entrance.
- Combined day trip for travelers who are limited in time and without a rental car we recommend Krka Waterfalls and the historic town Trogir. A must see!
Best light in the afternoon on a sunny day.
Heavy rainfall in winter until early spring. Even snow is possible until the end of November due to the high elevation. The best time is summer and early autumn from November/December to March but it can turn cold at any time of the year. Be always prepared for 4 seasons in one day.
Due to the remote location, it is more popular by the "Kiwis". More crowded at Christmas school holiday which lasts to the end of January/beginning of February. Check school holiday here
The waterfall looks best in the morning with sunlight on the water spray. The flow of the waterfall is at its best after heavy rainfall which occurs more often during the summer.
Most rainfall during summer from November to February. Winter months are drier and sunnier. The precipitation at the Blue Mountains is similar to Sydney. In summer day temperatures can increase up to 35 degrees and even higher but are mostly bearable. Nights can be chilly due to the high elevation of the mountains. However, each season is great for hiking in the Blue Mountains.
The Rainbow Falls located at Station Beach close to the Great Ocean Walk is easy to reach on a half-day hike. The Fall more a spring-fed trickle can be seen throughout the year. Depending on the high tide level it may be difficult to get close. Therefore it's safest if you consider the tides. High tide can be quite dangerous with the surf. The best sunlight for a good shot is during the afternoon for the rainbow coloured waterfall. Tide times
Weather Great Ocean Road
The Southern Ocean has a strong influence on the climate. It keeps the winter warmer and the summer cooler. During summer the sun is intense, but it is not too hot; there is always a fresh breeze, and temps are above 20°C. Take precautions and use sunscreen. Lots of precipitation throughout the year in the Great Otway National Park. Warmer and "drier" conditions from November to April, however, rain can always occur. Winter is the wettest and coldest season; rain every second day. Day temps in winter around 12°C and nights are chilly around 8°C, pretty cold for camping.
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