Weather & Climate – 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.

Climate Chart Makalali Game Reserve

Climate Chart Makalali Game Reserve – 500m / 1,640ft approx.

* Averages based on 50 years of monthly climate data, taken from 1km² (0.39mi²) interpolated climate surfaces.
© chart & park data: SafariBookings. © climate grid data: WorldClim project. All rights reserved.

The winter and summer in Makalali occur at opposite times of the year compared to those seasons in Europe and North America. The summer months (October to April) are hot and humid, while the winter months (May to September) are dry and mild. Winter nights cool off considerably, and warm clothing is recommended for morning game drives.

Dry season May to September – Winter

The dry conditions during the winter make water in the bush scarce, so animals are attracted to water sources, making them easier to spot.

  • May – Summer ends as temperatures slowly drop. It cools down to around 12°C/54°F in the morning and 27°C/81°F in the afternoon.
  • June, July & August – Bring your warm clothes along for game drives in the early mornings and evenings. The average morning temperature is 10°C/50°F. Afternoons are mild and fair at 25°C/77°F.
  • September – Morning temperatures are a bit warmer, averaging around 14°C/57°F, while midday temperatures rise to a 28°C/82°F average. Dry conditions come to an end when the first rains arrive.

Wet season October to April – Summer

The intense humidity and heat of the summer can make conditions almost intolerable, with temperatures often surpassing 40°C/104°F. Afternoon storms are common. Daily temperatures average 32°C/90°F.

  • October & November – The amount of rain increases and temperatures rise to an average of 17°C/63°F in the morning and 31°C/88°F in the afternoon.
  • December, January & February – Characterized by massive afternoon showers and intense humidity, these months are the hottest and wettest of the year. Afternoon temperatures often surpass 40°C/104°F, but the average is 32°C/90°F.
  • March & April – The rains come to a gradual end as the climate steadily cools. Sunshine and clear weather is typical for April, and the humidity drops. Night temperatures are nice at around 16°C/61°F, while daytime temperatures average about 29°C/84°F.

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