Kruger national park is South Africa’s largest nature
reserve covering more than 18,900 square km. Kruger’s overall climate is hard
to define as throughout the summer months weather similar to a humid tropical
climate is experienced and during the winter a climate similar to the desert
with extreme highs and lows is featured. Summers tend to be very hot and wet,
and winters are hot during the day and cold at nights. Alike any city in the
southern hemisphere, winter’s in Kruger take place in June, July and August and
Summer’s in December, January and February. Generally the typical weather
featured in Kruger will suit all tourists, apart from periods in the peak of summer
when temperatures are extremely hot.
The months of September, October and November are
particularly pleasant as the sweltering temperatures of the summer have not yet
commenced and the extreme lows of winter have bypassed. Sunshine hours are
particularly high still averaging at nine hours each day at the end of
September. Rainfall levels are also low at the beginning of spring and slowly
rise from 26mm in September to 66mm in November.
Although summer is Kruger’s wettest period of the year, rain
rarely falls for more than seven days each month. Precipitation usually results
in heavy but short lived downpours and the average rainfall ranges at 280mm
over the three months combined. Summers tend to last a little longer than the
typical three months one would expect as average temperatures rise to the mid thirties
they commonly rocket well into the low forties.
Similar to spring, the months of March, April and May are a
favourable time to visit Kruger. Temperatures are still mild with highs of 32ºC
in March and lows 11ºC in May. Rainfall shows the biggest variation of all
seasons as it descends significantly from 68mm in March down to 14mm in March.
Although nights can get quite chilly, the days during the
winter months are still warm and very sunny. Visitors will still require warm
clothing, but generally only at night time. Temperatures can be quite extreme
during the winter as a twenty degree difference can be noted from highs of 26ºC
down to lows of 6ºC. Rainfall is also very minimum averaging at 32mm over the
three months combined. Sunshine hours are also exceptionally high therefore warm
sunny days can always be expected.