Best Time to Visit – Shamwari 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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Wildlife viewing in Shamwari is good throughout the year, as its arid to semi-arid climate draws animals to water sources at any time. The best wildlife viewing is during the driest winter months of June to September. However, it can be very cold during this time of the year, and warm winter clothing is essential, particularly for taking part in nighttime and early morning game drives in open vehicles.

Best Time June to September (Little rain)
High Season October to December (High season rates)
Low Season May to September (Low season rates)
Best Weather September to April (Warmer nights and mornings)
Worst Weather June to August (Very cold nights and mornings)

May to September Winter

  • Lack of water in the bush drives animals to open water sources, making them easier to spot
  • Discount rates may apply since it's low season
  • Blue, cloudless skies
  • Warm clothes are necessary for chilly game drives in open vehicles

October to April Summer

  • Lots of newborn animals
  • The park's landscape is transformed by abundant greenery and flowers
  • Migratory birds have arrived, and birding is excellent
  • Winter months are prime time for wildlife viewing
  • It is more expensive during the high season

Wildlife Photos

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