Best Time to Visit – Makalali GR

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 prime time for viewing wildlife in Makalali is during the winter months (Dry season) from May to September. The plant life thins in the dry weather while animals seek water at reliable sources and are easier to spot. The wildlife viewing improves as the season continues. September, which is less cold than the rest of the winter, is a particularly nice time in the area.

Best Time May to September (Dry season)
High Season October to March (Rarely crowded)
Low Season April to September (Prime time for wildlife viewing)
Best Weather April-May and September-October (Mild, temperate weather)
Worst Weather June to August (Mornings and nights are cold) and December to February (Humidity and temperatures are high)

May to September Dry Season – Winter

  • Wildlife is easier to spot as plant life thins out, and animals gather at water sources
  • Days are sunny and clear
  • Temperatures are fair, and humidity is low
  • Malaria risk is low
  • It is very dry and dusty
  • Warm clothing is essential for game drives in open vehicles

October to April Wet Season – Summer

  • Fresh, green landscape
  • Animals are healthy, and there are many newborns
  • Birding is excellent, and migratory birds are present
  • Wildlife viewing is better during the winter
  • Daytime is hot and humid
  • Antimalarial medication is recommended

Wildlife Photos

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