Best Time to Visit – Tembe Elephant Park

Philip Briggs
Expert
By Philip Briggs

Philip lives in South Africa and has authored many guidebooks to African destinations, including the Bradt and Insight guides to South Africa.

Philip lives in South Africa and has authored many Africa guidebooks, including the Bradt and Insight guides 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 is best during the drier winter months of May to September. Foliage is abundant within the park, but as conditions become drier, it recedes, and animals cluster on the banks of available water sources. The hide located at the waterhole is particularly busy with animal activity at this time. Elephants reliably come to drink and bath in the heat of the day, between 11am and 3pm.

Best Time May to September (Dry season)
High Season October to March (The camp can get a bit busy especially during school holidays)
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 December to February (Hot and humid)

May to September Dry Season – Winter

  • Wildlife viewing is at its best as foliage recedes and animals cluster at water sources
  • Though never very busy, it should be quieter during the low season
  • Rain is unusual, and skies are bright and sunny
  • Evening and morning game drives in open vehicles may get cold
  • There is a lot of dust in the air

October to April Wet Season – Summer

  • Abundant greenery and lovely landscapes
  • Animals are being born
  • Birding is at its best, and the migratory birds are present
  • It is not prime time for animal viewing – the Dry season is better
  • Heat and humidity is high

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