Cool mornings and evenings, but temperatures and humidity rise during the day, more moisture; winds indicate spring is on its way. Yellow hue dominates the bush as sjambok pod and knob thorns begin flowering; mopane is russet-coloured. Good game viewing at waterholes; particularly in the eastern sweetveld plains on top of basalt. Temperature 12-28.
The month of spring; occasional showers but water is still scarce. Weeping boer-beans flower in red; new mopane leaves. First migrant birds appear from the north; weavers begin breeding; game still concentrated around waterholes. Temperature 12-28.
Usually the beginning of the rainy season, but can be very hot if rains are late. Grass becomes greener; bulbous plants begin appearing; magic guarri and sickle bush flower. Good game viewing as bush is still not too thick; birds engaged in courtship rituals and displays; steppe eagles begin to arrive. Temperature 16-32.
Rainfall usually double that of October.Vegetation more lush. Lots of young animals visible; woodland kingfishers make an appearance. Temperature 16-32.
Height of summer and the rainy season; days are hot and humid; often spectacular thunderstorms. Wild morning glory and flame lilies in flower. Impala breeding season brings out lots of predators; lush vegetation starts making game viewing harder. Temperature 18-34.
Height of rainy season; days are hot and humid; good thunderstorms. Rain-dependent plants flowering, making landscape very colourful; marulas begin fruiting. Animals spread over wider areas because of water availability; dung beetles prevalent; lesser spotted eagles arrive and generally good birding. Temperature 18-34.
Hot and humid; plants are at their most nutritious. Many summer flowering plants in bloom. Waterbuck breeding; excellent birding; animals get fatter. Temperature 18-33.
End of summer, generally the last major rain. Vegetation dense. Kudu and buffalo breeding peak, erratic game viewing. Temperature 18-33.
Seasonal shift towards autumn; noticeable drop in temperatures; occasional late summer rains.Vegetation dense, many trees are bearing fruit or seeds; red bushwillow is very striking. Most animals in peak condition, game spotting difficult; impala, wildebeest and warthog rutting season. Temperature 13-28.
Autumn gives way to winter; Rainfall drops off dramatically. White seringas in flower, wide range of autumn colours; kiaats begin seeding. Impala rut continues, internal migrations of animals towards warmer areas, whitebacked vultures breeding; wild dog breeding; elephants from Zimbabwe and Mozambique migrate to winter grazing grounds in northern Kruger. Temperature 13-28.
Winter; cool evenings and warm days; temperate climate that is generally wind-free. Grass cover recedes and many trees lose leaves; baobabs in flower, mopane begins yellowing. Game begins concentrating around waterholes; animals are much more visible as the bush thins out. Temperatures 9-26.
Wind begins picking up a little. Clear winter days with little chance of rain. Mopaneveld appears as dappled gold; potato bush begins flowering. Nights can be very cold. Game viewing very good; many winter birds fly from highveld down to the Park (eg stonechat) Temp. 9-26.