Kruger in December?





Results 1 to 9 of 9
  1. #1
    Join Date
    Aug 2013
    Location
    Cape Town
    Age
    40
    Posts
    221
    Thanked: 15

    Default Kruger in December?

    I have been to loads of Game Reserves but somehow Kruger have eluded me in the past. Probably because they put it in the wrong corner of RSA .

    I see on Sanparks site there are still lots of camping and even chalets available.

    So my questions are, is this totally the wrong time to go in terms of game viewing and finding a bit of solitude? Is it extremely busy?

    Game viewing isn't that big a deal, but I don't want to drive all the way there and find the roads to be as busy as Beachroad in Campsbay in Dec

    Any info would help
    2011 Jeep Unlimited Rubicon
    2 Inch Fox Suspension
    285/70r17 Cooper STT Muds

  2. #2
    Join Date
    Sep 2008
    Location
    Swakopmund
    Posts
    2,590
    Thanked: 166

    Default

    Hi Pietie,

    The more up north you go into the park, the quieter it will be. Around Skukuza, Lower Sabie, Satara it will be busy... Not as musch as Beachroad in Campsbay, but still. Try Shingwedzi, Tsendze or Letaba for a bit more peace? There's plenty Kruger experts here that can guide you.

    It will also be quite hot to say the least!! Make sure your car's air-con is serviced and working PROPERLY!!

    You will always see something in Kruger, no matter what time of year you go. Yes, the winter months are better, but if this is not high on your list of reasons to visit Kruger, you won't be disappointed.
    -

    Fortuner 2.8 GD-6 4x4 Auto
    (Tough Dog Suspension / Frontrunner Roofrack and some more goodies...)

  3. #3
    Join Date
    Aug 2008
    Location
    Rangeview Krugersdorp
    Age
    69
    Posts
    6,070
    Thanked: 944

    Default

    Quiet hot in December but not nearly as hot as some of those in leopard skins on Beach road !!
    There is no task too simple for some people to complicate !



    Chev Aveo and Atos and Polo.

  4. #4
    Join Date
    May 2011
    Location
    Kloof
    Age
    46
    Posts
    2,546
    Thanked: 257

    Default

    Ditto previous posts:

    The further north you go, the quieter it is.
    The further south you go, the more "big five" type game you see.

    Previous Decembers I have spent a few days in the south to satisfy the kids need for cats, and then moved to the north to satisfy my need for peace.

    You can easily see temperatures in the 40s. Early game drive, then spend the day in the shade or around the pool, and then a late afternoon game drive again.
    Toyota Fortuner 4.0 V6 4x4 Auto

    "So really , you are not so smart , you are a old Oomie that has to much time on his hands" - Christo Meisenheimer

  5. #5
    Join Date
    Aug 2013
    Location
    Cape Town
    Age
    40
    Posts
    221
    Thanked: 15

    Default

    Quote Originally Posted by duncang View Post
    Quiet hot in December but not nearly as hot as some of those in leopard skins on Beach road !!
    Yes, our leopard skins differ a bit from the ones up north

    Thanks guys, some very good pointers given here. I will definitely spend a day or two down south but then quickly make my way up north.
    2011 Jeep Unlimited Rubicon
    2 Inch Fox Suspension
    285/70r17 Cooper STT Muds

  6. #6
    Join Date
    Jun 2013
    Location
    Alberton
    Age
    58
    Posts
    5,876
    Thanked: 2302

    Default

    Can't go wrong, there is so much diversity there that you can easily make your way from south to north and still be happy
    Lusted for a Landy but the Pajero was sexier and bigger in the right departments, just like my Missus.

    2004 Gen 3. 3.8i petrol V6 (PAJTU)
    X Factor Bundutop trailer (designed by me)
    1998 Blister Fender Pajero 3500 24V (PAJ) (Sold)
    BMW R1200R

  7. #7
    Join Date
    Mar 2010
    Location
    Heidelberg
    Age
    54
    Posts
    345
    Thanked: 45

    Smile

    My favorite time in the KNP!

    Hot as hell!

    Switch off the a/c and open the windows! You get use to the heat after a couple of days. The heat is more bearable that way when you get out of the car!

    Everything is green with lots of water! Drive slower, listen to the bush. Investigate every puddle, open your eyes to the small wonders around every puddle!

    Bird life is prolific! You will see migrants you never see in winter!

    You will see all the babies! Might even see a giraffe foul! Best experience!

    Stay away from the public picnic spots on the holidays around Christmas! Rather book a 4x4 trail for that day! Stay on the dirt roads! Drive slowly!

    Book a camp with a pool! You will thank me later!!

    Drink more water and less booze! Booze makes you sweat more! Don't be afraid to get up at 4! The gates open early!

    You will be back!

  8. #8
    Join Date
    Mar 2008
    Location
    De Wildt
    Age
    56
    Posts
    34,158
    Thanked: 9376

    Default

    The KNP in December is reasonably uncomfortable.

    Heat, crowds, flies, miggies.

    Stay away from the tar roads, rather find a dam or water hole and a big tree and park off. Sunrise and sunset are the key times.

    The game mostly go and do what any intelligent animal would do in the heat: find shade and chill, so from around 10h00 to almost 17h00 is a waste of time.
    2012 Jeep Sahara Unlimited 3.6 V6
    Percivamus

  9. #9
    Join Date
    Sep 2009
    Location
    Nelspruit
    Age
    49
    Posts
    1,512
    Thanked: 4

    Default

    A few years ago in December my two daughters and myself did Kruger north to south, camping in a different camp each night, did it in 6 nights, from Pafuri Gate to Komatipoort.

    Up north we could drive for hours without seeing anyone, an awesome experience, kept to the dirt roads as much as possible.

    As we got south of Letaba the volume of vehicles increased until we were happy to get out of the park at Komatipoort.

    Up north is the place to be if you want the park to yourself. And the nature makes up for the any drop in animal sightings.
    2011 FREELANDER 2 SD4 S
    ex - 2004 DISCO TD5 GS Auto
    ex - 1997 DISCO Tdi

Similar Threads

  1. Ghosts and Magic in the Kruger National Park
    By Mister4 in forum General 4x4 Discussion
    Replies: 9
    Last Post: 2015/05/11, 04:15 PM
  2. Trip Report - December 2013
    By Pottie00 in forum Namibia
    Replies: 4
    Last Post: 2014/01/12, 10:36 AM
  3. Botswana Solo Advise Needed Dec 2012
    By PLJ Jakkals in forum Botswana
    Replies: 40
    Last Post: 2012/12/03, 01:33 PM
  4. Do you have to overnight in Kruger?
    By MozUnknown in forum Limpopo
    Replies: 4
    Last Post: 2011/07/14, 09:45 PM

Bookmarks

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •