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Travel to Kruger - tips and generel information

Packing tips, visa and seasons for your travel to Kruger

Before your travel to Kruger, please let us prepare you for an exciting journey through the vast landscapes and breath taking wildlife encounters. Here are some essential packing tips to make your trip unforgettable:

Clothing

Do pack lightweight for your travel to Kruger. Breathable clothing in neutral colours such as khaki, beige, or olive green. Please choose long-sleeved shirts and pants to protect against sunburn and insect bites. Also, a wide-brimmed hat is excellent to shield yourself from the African sun.

Layering:

Mornings and evenings on safari can be cool, so layering is key. Please bring a light sweater or jacket to keep warm during game drives. Additionally, do pack a waterproof jacket in case of unexpected rain showers.

Footwear:

Always pack comfortable closed-toe shoes for your travel to Kruger! Choose sturdy walking shoes or boots that provide support for long walks and game drives. Don’t forget to pack a pair of sandals or flip-flops for relaxation at your accommodation.

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Sundowner during your Kruger journey

Protection from nature

Sun protection:

Africa’s sun can be intense. Therefore do pack sunscreen with high SPF ratings in order to protect your skin from harmful UV rays before your journey to Kruger. Sunglasses and a good-quality sun hat is also recommended.

Insect repellent:

Ward off mosquitoes and other insects prevalent in some regions. Carry an effective insect repellent containing DEET or other recommended ingredients.

Capture the moments

Camera Equipment

Bring a quality camera with zoom capabilities and extra memory cards or film rolls in order to capture incredible wildlife moments.

Binoculars

No doubt your game drive experience in Kruger will be enhanced when you bring your binoculars to spot distant wildlife more easily.

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Medications and First Aid Kit

Pack any necessary prescription medications along with basic first aid supplies like band-aids, antiseptic cream and pain relievers. In short, please remember any personal medications you may require.

Remember, each safari destination may have specific requirements, so it’s always a good idea to check with your travel advisor or tour operator for any additional recommendations.

Weather

South African spring occurs from September to November and is a delightful season characterized by gradually warming temperatures and blossoming landscapes. Here’s a brief description:

Mild temperatures

Spring in South Africa brings relief from the colder winter months. Daytime temperatures start to rise, ranging from around 15°C to 25°C (59°F to 77°F), depending on the region. Nights remain cooler, but they’re generally pleasant.

Blooming Flora

One of the highlights of South African spring is the burst of colorful blooms across the country. Fields and gardens come alive with various wildflowers, including the famous Namaqualand daisies in the Northern Cape.

Wildlife Viewing

Spring is an excellent time for wildlife enthusiasts as many animals give birth during this season. Game reserves and national parks offer fantastic opportunities to witness baby animals and enjoy the lush vegetation.

Outdoor Activities

With the milder weather, outdoor activities like hiking, birdwatching, and picnicking become more enjoyable. It’s a great time to explore South Africa’s diverse landscapes, from the coastal regions to the inland mountains.

Less Rainfall

Spring is generally a drier season compared to summer, although some regions may still experience occasional showers. This makes it an ideal time for outdoor adventures.

Overall

South African spring is a beautiful season marked by the renewal of nature.

As a result this is a fantastic time to experience the country’s natural wonders and outdoor attractions – such as safari.

South African summers are typically characterized by warm to hot temperatures, abundant sunshine, and a variety of outdoor activities. The summer months generally occur from December to February. During this time you can expect daytime temperatures ranging from 25°C to 35°C (77°F to 95°F) or even higher in some regions.

Costal areas

The coastal areas, such as Cape Town and Durban, experience more moderate temperatures due to the influence of the ocean. Thus making them popular destinations for beachgoers. Inland areas like Johannesburg and Pretoria tend to be hotter and drier during the summer months.

Summertime

Summer in South Africa is also the time for outdoor festivals, wildlife safaris, and exploring the diverse landscapes. From lush coastal regions to arid deserts. Therefore it’s a season when many South Africans take vacations and enjoy the country’s natural beauty.

The weather can be wet

However, in terms of weather occasional thunderstorms and heavy rainfall can occur, especially in the northern and eastern parts of the country. Overall, South African summers are vibrant, lively, and perfect for enjoying the outdoors.

South African winters occur from June to August and are characterized by cooler temperatures, especially in the interior regions. Here’s an overview of South African winters:

Varied Climate

South Africa’s winter climate varies depending on the region. Coastal areas, like Cape Town and Durban, tend to have milder winters with daytime temperatures ranging from 15°C to 20°C (59°F to 68°F). Inland cities like Johannesburg and Pretoria experience colder winters, with daytime temperatures often between 10°C and 15°C (50°F to 59°F).

Dry season

Winter is generally a dry season in most parts of the country, with lower rainfall compared to other times of the year. This makes it a good time for outdoor activities like hiking and exploring national parks.

Snowfall

In some high-altitude areas, especially in the Drakensberg Mountains, it’s not uncommon to experience snowfall during the winter months. This creates particularly picturesque landscapes and opportunities for winter sports.

Wildlife Viewing

Winter is a great time for wildlife viewing in South Africa. The dry season forces animals to gather around waterholes. Thus making it easier to spot them during safaris in game reserves and national parks.

Cozy Atmosphere

In response to the cooler temperatures, South Africans embrace a cozy atmosphere during winter. Fireplaces are lit, warm comfort food is enjoyed, and cultural events and festivals are held.

Low Humidity

Winters in South Africa are generally characterized by low humidity levels, creating crisp and clear days with blue skies.

Overall

South African winters offer a mix of cool temperatures, unique natural experiences, and cultural traditions. Making it an appealing time to visit and explore the country and see the magnificent wildlife.

March, April, and May in South Africa represent the autumn season. The weather during this time can vary depending on the region, but here’s a general description:

Autumn in South Africa brings pleasant and moderate temperatures. Daytime temperatures typically range from 15°C to 25°C (59°F to 77°F), making it a comfortable time to visit.

As the country transitions from summer to winter, rainfall generally decreases during these months. However, coastal areas might still experience some showers, especially in March.

Crisp mornings and Evenings

While daytime temperatures are pleasant, mornings and evenings can be cooler. It’s a good idea to bring layers to adapt to temperature fluctuations. During game drives a jacket is needed.

You can witness the changing colors of leaves on trees, creating a picturesque autumn scene.

Autumn is an excellent time for outdoor activities like hiking, wine tasting in the vineyards, and wildlife safaris. The comfortable temperatures make it enjoyable to explore South Africa’s diverse landscapes.

March to May is considered the shoulder season. This means fewer tourists, which can make it an ideal time to visit popular destinations without the crowds.

Grape Harvest

The grape harvest season occurs in late summer to early autumn. So if you’re interested in wine tourism, this is a great time to visit the wineries in regions like Stellenbosch and Franschhoek.

In summary

South African autumn, from March to May, offers mild and comfortable weather. This is an attractive time for outdoor activities and exploring the country’s scenic beauty and wildlife sightings are as always great. 

Visa, passport, currency, tipping & form of indemnity

We advise you to get an travel insurance before you are travelling. Also please check your passport is valid more than ½ year after you are back in your home country. VISA regulations should be checked before traveling so you know everything is in order. Check your travel documents are okay and fit with your booked stay.

Then it is time for Safari. 

The currency used in South Africa is the South African Rand, abbreviated as ZAR , with the symbol “R”. In all the lodges it is possible to pay with Mastercard and Visa.

Credit cards are widely accepted, however it is a good idea to carry some cash for small purchases.

Tipping is customary in South Africa in restaurants 10 – 15% of the bill is typical for good service. Please tip your tour guides, drivers and Lodge staff before departing. The tips can be placed in the envelope found in your room and is based on you satisfaction. 

Before going out on a game drive, we kindly ask you to fill out our waiwer, assumption of risk and indemnity.  By law, no game drive can take place before the form is duly signed.

Please click to download the form here.

We hope these tips help you fully enjoy your Kruger safari adventure.
Have a fantastic journey with us and make memories that will last a lifetime!