Best Time to Visit – Ithala GR

Philip Briggs
Expert
By Philip Briggs

Philip lives in South Africa and is the author many guidebooks to African destinations, including the Bradt and Insight guide to South Africa.

Philip lives in South Africa and is the author many Africa guidebooks, including the Bradt and Insight guide 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 winter months, from May to September, are the best time for viewing wildlife. The grass is short in winter and the foliage thins, making it easier to see the animals. The period between June and August, however, can experience strong winds, causing animals to take cover.

Best Time May to September (Dry season)
High Season December (The park never gets busy, but school holidays might bring a few more visitors)
Low Season Any time aside from school holidays (The park is little visited)
Best Weather April-May and September-October (Mild weather and little rain)
Worst Weather June to August (Chilly mornings, nights and heavy winds)

May to September Dry Season – Winter

  • Best time for wildlife viewing since the foliage thins and the grass is shorter
  • Clear skies with little chance of rain
  • Warm clothing is required for game drives at night and in the early morning
  • The sky is filled with dust and haze

October to April Wet Season – Summer

  • Lovely landscapes with full, lush scenery
  • Newborn animals can be spotted
  • The best time for birding with migratory birds present
  • Wildlife viewing is better during the Dry season
  • It gets hot and humid

Wildlife Photos

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