Best Time to Visit – Pilanesberg 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 best wildlife viewing in the Pilanesberg is in the dry winter months from May to September. The vegetation thins out as the ground gets drier, and animals tend to congregate around permanent water sources making them easier to spot.

Best Time May to September (Dry season)
High Season October to April (The park is busier, especially during school holidays)
Low Season May to September (This is the best time for wildlife viewing)
Best Weather April to May and September to 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

  • Best time for viewing wildlife
  • Little rainfall and clear skies
  • Low season means fewer tourists
  • Cold nights and mornings
  • Hazy, dusty atmosphere

October to April Wet Season – Summer

  • Landscape and scenery is delightful
  • There are newborn animals
  • Migratory birds are present
  • The Dry season is better for wildlife viewing
  • There will be crowds in the park, especially during school holidays
  • Afternoon temperatures are high

Wildlife Photos

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