The best times to visit Kruger National Park for ideal weather are
April 30th to September 16th
based on average temperature and humidity from NOAA (the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration). Read below for more weather and travel details.
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Weather in Kruger National Park
Average temperatures in Kruger National Park vary somewhat. Considering humidity, temperatures feel hot for about half of the year and otherwise nice with a very low chance of precipitation throughout the year. The area is somewhat temperate — in the 56th percentile for pleasant weather — compared to tourist destinations worldwide. Weeks with ideal weather are listed above. If you’re looking for the very warmest time to visit Kruger National Park, the hottest months are February, January, and then March. See average monthly temperatures below. The warmest time of year is generally mid February where highs are regularly around 94.6°F (34.8°C) with temperatures rarely dropping below 70°F (21.1°C) at night.
Kruger National Park Temperatures (Fahrenheit)
Kruger National Park Temperatures (Celsius)
The way we experience weather isn’t all about temperature. Higher temperatures affect us much more at higher humidity, and colder temperatures feel piercing with high winds. Our perceived temperatures factor in humidity and wind chill to better represent how hot or cold the day feels to a person.
Kruger National Park Perceived Temperature (F)
Kruger National Park Perceived Temperature (C)
Average Kruger National Park Temperatures by Month
Daily highs (averaged for the month) usually give the best indication of the weather. A significantly lower mean and low generally just means it gets colder at night.
|Month||Avg. High (°F)||Avg. Mean (°F)||Avg. Low (°F)|
|Month||Avg. High (°C)||Avg. Mean (°C)||Avg. Low (°C)|
Precipitation (Rain or Snow)
If dry weather is what you’re after, the months with the lowest chance of significant precipitation in Kruger National Park are May, August, and then June. Note that we define “significant precipitation” as .1 inches or more in this section. The lowest chance of rain or snow occurs around early to mid May. For example, on the week of May 7th there are no days of precipitation on average. By contrast, it’s most likely to rain or snow in early to mid December with an average of 2 days of significant precipitation the week of December 10th.
When can you find snow in Kruger National Park? Weather stations report no annual snow. Please note that a value of 0 for snow in the graph below may either mean there was no snow, or that snow is unreported.
Chance of Precipitation
The graph below shows the % chance of rainy and snowy days in Kruger National Park.
Snow on the Ground
The graph below shows the average snow on the ground in Kruger National Park (in).
Average Rain and Snow by Month
|Month||Daily Chance of Rain||Average Snow Depth (in)||Total Precipitation (in)|
|Month||Daily Chance of Rain||Average Snow Depth (cm)||Total Precipitation (cm)|
Humidity and Wind
Kruger National Park has some comfortably humid months, and slightly dry months in the opposite season. The least humid month is August (37.3% relative humidity), and the most humid month is January (59.2%).
Wind in Kruger National Park is usually calm. The windiest month is September, followed by October and January. September’s average wind speed of around 6.4 knots (7.4 MPH or 11.9 KPH) is considered “a light breeze.” Maximum sustained winds (the highest speed for the day lasting more than a few moments) are at their highest in mid to late September where average top sustained speeds reach 11.5 knots, which is considered a moderate breeze.
Relative Humidity (%)
The graph below shows the average % humidity by month in Kruger National Park.
The graph below shows wind speed (max and average) in knots.
Average Wind Speeds
Show Wind Speeds
All wind speeds are in knots. 1 knot = 1.15 MPH or 1.85 KPH.
|Month||Avg. Wind||Avg. Wind Feel||Sustained High Wind||High Wind Feel|
|Jan||5.9||Light breeze||9.5||Gentle breeze|
|Feb||5.7||Light breeze||9.2||Gentle breeze|
|Mar||5||Light breeze||8.6||Gentle breeze|
|Apr||4.6||Light breeze||8.2||Gentle breeze|
|May||4.1||Light breeze||7.3||Gentle breeze|
|Jun||4.4||Light breeze||7.6||Gentle breeze|
|Jul||4.5||Light breeze||8||Gentle breeze|
|Aug||5.1||Light breeze||8.8||Gentle breeze|
|Sep||6.4||Light breeze||10.9||Gentle breeze|
|Oct||6.3||Light breeze||10.4||Gentle breeze|
|Nov||5.8||Light breeze||10.1||Gentle breeze|
|Dec||5.3||Light breeze||9.4||Gentle breeze|
Show Relative Humidity by Month
|Month||Avg. Relative Humidity|
Is it Safe to Travel to Kruger National Park?
Our best data indicates this area is somewhat safe. As of Oct 07, 2019 there are travel warnings for South Africa; exercise a high degree of caution. Check this page for any recent changes or regions to avoid: Travel Advice and Advisories. This advisory was last updated on Aug 22, 2019.
The Busiest and Least Crowded Months
The busiest month for tourism in Kruger National Park, South Africa is September, followed by May and October. Prices for hotels and flights will be most expensive during these months, though you can save if you purchase well in advance. Tourists are unlikely to visit Kruger National Park in August. Those willing to visit at these times will likely find it the least expensive month.
Estimated Tourism by Month
Most Popular Months to Visit
Overall Kruger National Park Travel Experience by Season
Fall (March through May)
Humidity and temperatures combine to make this season feel warm. Highs range from 93.9°F (34.4°C) and 82.9°F (28.3°C) with colder temperatures in the later months. Rain is rare with 0 to 3 days of significant precipitation per month. Fall is the second busiest for tourism, which makes it a good time for those looking for things to do.
Winter (June through August)
The middle-year months have comfortably cool weather with high temperatures that are comfortable. These months see the least precipitation with about 0 days of precipitation per month. June – August is the slowest season for tourism in Kruger National Park, so lodging and other accommodations may cost less than usual.
Spring (September through November)
Spring daily highs range from 93.5°F (34.2°C) and 87.2°F (30.7°C), which will feel very nice given the humidity and wind. It rains or snows a normal amount: 0 to 4 days per month. Tourism is the busiest during these months due to the weather, so hotels may be higher priced.
Summer (December through February)
Weather is perfect this time of year in Kruger National Park to be enjoyable for warm weather travelers. The average high during this season is between 94.6°F (34.8°C) and 90°F (32.2°C). On average, it rains or snows a fair amount: 1 to 6 times per month. These times of year are fairly slow with tourists.
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