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When is the best time to visit the Kruger National Park?

The Kruger National Park allows you to discover the wonders of Southern Africa throughout the year. Kruger has a hot-subtropical climate, with an average temperature of approximately 25 degrees throughout the year.

Travelbuddieslifestyle enjoying the view at Mathekenyane lookout point in the Kruger National Park
Bernie and Petra enjoying the view of Mathekenyane look out point in the Kruger National Park

What is the weather like in winter in the Kruger National Park?

From April to October, the dry season welcomes visitors with open arms. During this time, the landscape becomes ‘flatter’ and more open, offering increased visibility, especially in the vast grassy areas of the south. The dry winter months are best for game viewing due to the shorter grass, lack of foliage and limited water, forcing the wildlife to concentrate around the remaining waterholes. With average temperatures ranging from a minimum of 9 degrees to a maximum of 28 degrees in August, it’s the perfect time to explore and immerse yourself in Africa’s wonders.

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Spectacular sunsets in the Kruger National Park

What is the weather like in summer in the Kruger National Park?

You can experience wonderful summer days and evenings in the Kruger National Park from November to March. Despite the rainy season, you’ll be treated to an incredible surge of new wildlife and thriving waterholes. Many species give birth to their offspring in late September, at the start of the rainy season, making the bush teem with abundant new life. During this time, you can expect lush bushveld scenery and vibrant birdlife, including migrant species, to leave you in awe. Remember that summer can get scorching hot, especially in the northern region, with temperatures reaching a sizzling 34 degrees or much higher in January and February. From December to March, expect brief, late afternoon thundershowers that clear up within an hour.

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Magnificent view of the Kruger National Park

What is the average* seasonal temperature in the Kruger National Park?

Spring (September – November) Low 15°C (59°F) and High 36°C (96°F)

Autumn (March-May) Low 19°C (66°F) and High 32°C (90°F)

Summer (December – February) Low 22°C (72°F) and High 39°C (102°F)

Winter (June – August) Low 8°C (46°F) and High 28°C (82°F)

*The above temperatures are the monthly average. The absolute temperatures differ from these temperatures.

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Impalas in Kruger National Park

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As a freelance travel journalist and seasoned business professional, Bernie van der Linde has made it her mission to explore the world's most unique and luxurious destinations. With a PhD in business studies from the University of South Africa, Bernie has channeled her passion for travel, web design, and writing into founding the travel blog Travel Buddies Lifestyle. Here, she shares her adventures alongside her best friend and travel business partner, Petra, who seamlessly translate and compile articles relevant to their German and European audience.

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