Best Time to Visit – Sabi Sands

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.

Jan
Feb
Mar
Apr
May
Jun
Jul
Aug
Sep
Oct
Nov
Dec
Excellent
Good
Fair
Poor

The best wildlife viewing time is during winter, which is also considered the ‘low season’. Fewer crowds make this an appealing time for a visit. It is also the Dry season which lasts from May to September. Animals are easy to spot during the dry months as foliage becomes less abundant and they gather around rivers and waterholes. September is the best month to visit. It is also the least cold of the winter months.

Best Time May to September (Dry season)
High Season October to March (It can get a bit busy)
Low Season April to September (Excellent time for wildlife viewing)
Best Weather April to May and September to October (Mild weather and little rain)
Worst Weather June to August (Chilly mornings and nights) and December to February (Hot and humid)

May to September Dry Season – Winter

  • Animals are easier to spot as they concentrate around water sources
  • It is low season for tourism
  • Virtually no rain and lots of sunshine
  • Mild daytime temperatures and low humidity
  • Very little risk of malaria
  • The air is dusty and dry
  • It is necessary to wear warm clothing for morning and evening game drives

October to April Wet Season – Summer

  • The scenery is lush and green
  • There are many newborn animals around
  • Birding is excellent, and migratory birds are present
  • The Dry season is the best time for wildlife viewing
  • It can be crowded since it is high season
  • Days are hot and humid
  • Antimalarial drugs are necessary

Wildlife Photos

Best Time to Go to South Africa by Major Park

Excellent
Good
Fair
Poor
  • JanJ
    FebF
    MarM
    AprA
    MayM
    JunJ
    JulJ
    AugA
    SepS
    OctO
    NovN
    DecD
  • Sabi Sand GR
    JanJ
    FebF
    MarM
    AprA
    MayM
    JunJ
    JulJ
    AugA
    SepS
    OctO
    NovN
    DecD
  • JanJ
    FebF
    MarM
    AprA
    MayM
    JunJ
    JulJ
    AugA
    SepS
    OctO
    NovN
    DecD
  • JanJ
    FebF
    MarM
    AprA
    MayM
    JunJ
    JulJ
    AugA
    SepS
    OctO
    NovN
    DecD
  • JanJ
    FebF
    MarM
    AprA
    MayM
    JunJ
    JulJ
    AugA
    SepS
    OctO
    NovN
    DecD
  • JanJ
    FebF
    MarM
    AprA
    MayM
    JunJ
    JulJ
    AugA
    SepS
    OctO
    NovN
    DecD

Want to Visit Sabi Sands?