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Kruger National Park

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Kruger National Park

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When Is the Best Time 

The best time for wildlife viewing is in southern winter from May to September. The game concentration at waterholes is high, vegetation is low, and animals are easier to spot. Hyenas are night active, and we were lucky to spot two of them close to our camp by night.

Crowds and Weather

Southern winter; the dry season (May to September) is not only the best time for wildlife but also low season with fewer tourists, except for school holiday: It’s less busy in camps and on the roads. Days are sunny with low humidity and nights are cold. Fewer mosquito and a very low risk for malaria.

The busiest months in the main camps are in southern summer (November to March) if possible avoid the Christmas school holidays. 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. If rivers get flooded, you can't pass bridges. Wildlife game viewing is not as good as in southern winter.Our favorite month is September: still dry, even more, game to spot and temps rise.

South Africa, Nelspruit or Phalaborwa
Review and Tips 

Kruger is a year-round destination: 2 million hectares of an exceptional diversity of life forms together with historical and archaeological sights. Kruger National Park is home to a huge number of plants and species: 336 trees, 49 fish, 34 amphibians, 114 reptiles, 507 birds and 147 mammals. Activities include Wilderness trails, game drives, mountain biking, backpacking trails. We highly recommend one of the offered guided wilderness hiking trails with an overnight stay in remote bush camps. We hiked the Nyalaland Trail in the north which is an unforgettable experience.

More information about the Nyalaland trail

More information about the different wilderness trails 



Sep 13, 2015

The Nyalaland trail is fantastic. We did two hikes each day. One very early in the morning and one in the afternoon. The afternonn walk leads to beautiful places for a sundowner. The chef was really good. We got lunch after the strenuous hike in the morning and dinner at a campfire. One night a civet cat visited our camp. At one of our hikes an elephant blocked our way back; that was thrilling.

Jul 14, 2016

We loved Kruger, stay at Sabi Sabi. The early morning trek was our favourite although we did happen to get some great experience during the afternoon sessions also. The highlight was following the Hunting Dogs around for about 2 hours.