Game-viewing in Kruger National Park is best in winter but some visitors prefer the lush vegetation of the summer months. The best time for observing wildlife in Kruger National Park is the dry winter season. During this safari season, the grass is low, the bushes and trees don't have leaves, and one can have an unobstructed view of the surrounding area. Winter season in the Kruger Park is quite dry and rain is scarce. During this season, visitors will be able to spot the animals when they come to the waterholes in the mornings and evenings.
Summer is the rainy season in Kruger Park and the rains fill the rivers and waterholes, and the bushveld looks lush. Game viewing is difficult in the summer season because the vegetation is dense, making it harder to locate and observe wildlife. Towards the end of November and early December, Kruger National Park is filled with newborns. Spotting wildlife with their young is a memorable Kruger Park safari experience. Autumn is probably the most difficult time of the year to spot game in Kruger National Park because the grass is dense and high. Birding is usually excellent during autumn in Kruger Park.
Whatever the season or the reason, a Kruger Park Safari is an absolute must!!!!
8 August 2017 - This afternoon we started a new Safari with Brian and Madelein from New York. We found a good variety of general game early on, including Waterbuck, Blue Wildebeest and a few large herds of Zebra. There are a few burnt patches and here and there the fresh green grass is just starting to emerge - proving to be very popular with the grazers. We found one group of Giraffe, consisting of 8 females of various ages, browsing in a drainage line close to the road and thoroughly enjoyed watching these graceful creatures and in turn being watched by them, as a few of them proved to be very inquisitive and watched us as much as we were watching them! Late in the afternoon we managed to find a female Spotted Hyena with her 3 three- month old cubs outside their den entrance The youngsters were all quite active and playful, especially 2 of them who seemed to be competing for nursing space! The mom had a busy time trying to keep them from bullying each other and making sure each gets enough to drink! Very entertaining to watch their antics and a great way to end the afternoon.
9 August 2017 - This morning we left camp after an early breakfast for a morning drive. We were lucky enough to receive word of Lions that had been spotted and decided to follow up. We managed to find the Lions we were looking for; they had killed a Buffalo and were feeding on it about 40m from the road. We could see 4 of them, 2 adult females and 2 sub-adults, although more were hidden in the tall grass nearby. One of the sub-adults, a male of around 2 years old started getting quit e possessive over what was left of the carcass and at some point got up, lifted the head of the dead Buffalo and attempted to drag it away into some cover, however he didn't have much success in moving the Buffalo and in the end had to be content with sharing . A very special sighting and great way to say goodbye to our guests!
10 August 2017 - We left camp after an early breakfast in cool, clear conditions; a beautiful morning. Early on we noticed some fresh White Rhino dung and tracks - worth getting excited about as this is an area where they are becoming increasingly hard to find and even signs of their presence are few and far between! A little bit further on we were lucky enough to find them; a family of 4 with a large adult female, a calf of just over 2 years old and 2 young bulls. They were grazing in a clearing and slowly making their way closer to the road so that they ended up about 20 meters from us in the open, providing us with a very special sighting and great picture opportunities! We also had a great morning for Zebra sightings as we found several large herds, often accompanied by their traditional allies, the Blue Wildebeest. After a mid-morning coffee break we spent some time driving along the river and were treated to a spectacular Lion sighting; undoubtedly the highlight of the day. First, as we rounded a bend in the road a Lioness came walking down the road towards us and then quickly veered into the grass and down into the riverine thicket. There were some Impala and Kudu around so we sat for a while waiting to see if she comes back out or if they could sense her presence. They remained fairly relaxed however, so we moved on, only to find a large male Lion in the road, following her trail! He also veered into the thicket, but then came back out to cross the road in front of us and into a clearing on the other side where he stood looking and sniffing around as if trying to locate other pride members. This was a very special sighting as so often during the heat of the day these animals are resting and hidden, not moving around in the open and to see them this close, offering such great views and photo opportunities is always a bonus!
11 August 2017 - We set of for a morning drive after an early breakfast. Not long into our drive we found 2 Spotted Hyena on the prowl, a few meters off the road but heading away from us, keeping their noses close to the ground following a scent trail. A little bit further on we were lucky enough to find a lone Cheetah - lying on a termite mound about 60 meters from the road, surveying his surroundings. Although distant, it was in the open and we could get a good view of it scanning the area from its vantage point. As the day started warming up significantly, we stopped at a large waterhole with plenty of activity around it; a large herd of Impala was slowly approaching the water to drink, keeping a close eye for any signs of Crocodile in the Water, in addition, there were a few Blue Wildebeest and Warthog grazing nearby, a large Waterbuck bull lying on the shore, Hippo in the water and 3 male Elephant that had obviously been in the water as they were completely wet and were now pushing and shoving each other around while trying to have a dust-bath which, together with the water on their back will make a great sunscreen... They were also staking their claim to the waterhole, chasing of anything that came anywhere near their drinking space, even any birds that were close to them and a fairly stubborn Wildebeest, which eventually had to move, even if it was just to make the young bull Elephant that was trying very hard to chase it feel better about himself!