Best Time to Visit – Phinda 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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Phinda offers great wildlife viewing throughout the year, but the best months are during winter (May to September). During this time, animals are more easily spotted while they convene at permanent water sources, and the dry conditions cause the bush to recede. During the wet summer months, heavy rain can make off-road driving limited which can have an impact on animal sightings.

Best Time May to September (Dry season)
High Season None (Higher rates apply during school holidays)
Low Season None (Lower rates apply outside school holidays)
Best Weather April to May and September to October (Mild weather and little rain)
Worst Weather December to February (Hot and humid)

May to September Dry Season – Winter

  • Animals are easily spotted as they gather at water sources and the vegetation thins
  • Most days are sunny and clear
  • Morning game drives in open vehicles are very cold
  • Dust and haze is prevalent

October to April Wet Season – Summer

  • Abundant foliage and lush landscapes
  • Baby animals can be seen
  • Migratory birds make for prime birding
  • Animals are easier to spot during the dry months
  • It is very hot and humid
  • Off-road driving may be limited after heavy rain

Wildlife Photos

Best Time to Go to South Africa by Major Park

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    AugA
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    FebF
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    AprA
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    JunJ
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    AugA
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    OctO
    NovN
    DecD
  • Phinda Game Reserve
    JanJ
    FebF
    MarM
    AprA
    MayM
    JunJ
    JulJ
    AugA
    SepS
    OctO
    NovN
    DecD
  • JanJ
    FebF
    MarM
    AprA
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    JunJ
    JulJ
    AugA
    SepS
    OctO
    NovN
    DecD
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    FebF
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    AprA
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    JunJ
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    AugA
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    OctO
    NovN
    DecD
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    FebF
    MarM
    AprA
    MayM
    JunJ
    JulJ
    AugA
    SepS
    OctO
    NovN
    DecD

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