​Weather & Climate – Sabi Sand GR

Philip Briggs
Expert
By Philip Briggs

Philip lives in South Africa and has authored many guidebooks to African destinations, including the Rough Guide to Game Parks of South Africa.

Philip lives in South Africa and has authored many Africa guidebooks, including the Rough Guide to Game Parks of South Africa.

Philip is the author of many Africa guidebooks, including the Rough Guide to Game Parks of South Africa.

Philip is author of the Rough Guide to Game Parks of South Africa.

Climate Chart Sabi Sand Private Game Reserve

Climate Chart Sabi Sand Game Reserve – 272-479m / 892-1,572ft

* 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.

Sabi Sand Game Reserve experiences winter and summer at opposite times to those seasons in Europe and North America. October to April are the hot, wet summer months while the mild, dry winter occurs from May to September. Although winter days are pleasant, it is cold in the mornings, so warm clothes are advisable for game drives.


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Dry Season May to September – Winter

For the most part, it doesn’t rain during the winter and humidity is low. Permanent water sources become a place for animals to gather, making them easier to spot.

  • May – May marks the end of summer. Temperatures are around 11°C/52°F in the morning and 28°C/82°F in the afternoon as the weather cools.
  • June, July & August – Due to the cold mornings (10°C/50°F), it is wise to bring along warm clothing for morning game drives. There will be cloudless skies in the afternoon and temperatures will be pleasant at around 24°C/75°F.
  • September – The first rains bring relief and alleviate the dry conditions. The heat rises to an average afternoon temperature of 27°C/81°F. Mornings are mild with average temperatures around 15°C/59°F.

Wet Season October to April – Summer

Summer can be hot and humid, sometimes to an uncomfortable level. Temperatures often reach 40°C/104°F, but the daytime average is around 32°C/90°F with high humidity. Afternoon storms are normal, yet all-day rainfall is rare.

  • October & November – Temperatures increase and afternoon rains become more frequent. Typical temperatures range from 18°C/64°F in the morning to 30°C/86°F in the afternoon.
  • December, January & February – These months have the most rainfall and highest temperatures, coupled with intense humidity. The average afternoon temperature is 33°C/91°F, but it is not unusual for it to reach an unbearable 40°C/104°F.
  • March & April – The rain decreases, and it gradually cools. This trend continues into April, which is the most pleasant month with little rain, less humidity and sunny skies. Nighttime temperatures fall to 15°C/59°F and daytime temperatures of 32°C/90°F are typical.

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