Best Time to Visit – Balule NR

Philip Briggs
Expert
By Philip Briggs

Philip lives in South Africa and has authored many guidebooks to African destinations, including the Bradt and Insight guides to South Africa.

Philip lives in South Africa and has authored many Africa guidebooks, including the Bradt and Insight guides to South Africa.

Philip is the author of many Africa guidebooks, including the Bradt and Insight guides to South Africa.

Philip is the author of the Bradt and Insight guides to South Africa.

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The dry months during winter (May through September) is the best time for wildlife viewing in Balule. The vegetation is thinner, and animals gather around water sources. As winter progresses, animal spotting tends to improve. September is a great month, in particular, as it is warmer than the rest of winter. Prime wildlife viewing time happens to be in the ‘off-season’ for tourism, which makes it all the more attractive.

Best Time May to September (Dry season)
High Season October to March (Not overly crowded)
Low Season April to September (Wildlife viewing is excellent)
Best Weather April to May and September to October (Very little rain and mild weather)
Worst Weather June to August (Cool mornings and nights) and December to February (Hot and steamy)

May to September Dry Season – Winter

  • Wildlife is easier to spot as vegetation is thinner and animals gather at water sources
  • Fewer tourists in camps and on roads
  • Sunshine and virtually no rain
  • Low humidity and mild weather
  • Malaria isn't a high risk
  • Dusty and dry
  • Warm clothing is essential for early morning game-drives

October to April Wet Season – Summer

  • The landscape is green and fresh
  • There are plenty of baby animals
  • Migratory birds arrive making birding excellent
  • Wildlife viewing is better in the Dry season
  • More tourists are around at this time, especially during school holidays
  • Middle of the day is humid and hot
  • Taking antimalarial medication is necessary

Wildlife Photos

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