Best Time to Visit – Marakele NP

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 best wildlife viewing in Marakele is during the dry winter months from May to September. At this time animals gather around predictable water sources and are therefore easier to spot.

Best Time May to September (Dry season)
High Season Never (The park is little visited throughout the year)
Low Season Never (The park is little visited throughout the year)
Best Weather April-May and September-October (Mild weather and little rain)
Worst Weather May to August (Chilly mornings and nights) and December to February (Hot and afternoon rain)

May to September Dry Season – Winter

  • Reliable water sources become a gathering place for animals, making them easier to spot
  • Little rain and bright, sunny skies
  • Warm clothing is needed to deal with the cold nights and mornings
  • Dust and haze permeates the sky

October to April Wet Season – Summer

  • Lush scenery and beautiful landscapes
  • Newborn animals can be sighted
  • The arrival of migratory birds makes it the best time for birding
  • The Dry season makes for better wildlife viewing
  • Daytime heat can be stifling

Wildlife Photos

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