Best Time to Visit – Timbavati NR

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 dry winter months of May through September are the best time for a trip to Timbavati. Wildlife viewing is superb as rivers and waterholes become gathering places for animals. The wildlife viewing improves as the Dry season wears on. This fact, coupled with warmer weather, makes September an excellent time to visit. Best of all, this prime wildlife viewing time seems to coincide with the low season for tourism.

Best Time May to September (Dry season)
High Season October to March (It rarely gets very crowded)
Low Season April to September (Prime wildlife viewing)
Best Weather April to May and September to October (Nice weather and virtually no rain)
Worst Weather June to August (Chilly mornings and nights) and December to February (Hot and humid)

May to September Dry Season – Winter

  • Wildlife is easier to spot as vegetation thins, and animals congregate around rivers and permanent waterholes
  • It is low season
  • Rain is rare, and the skies are sunny
  • Days are mild with little humidity
  • Malaria risk is low
  • There is a lot of dust in the air
  • Warm clothing is needed for early morning and evening game drives

October to April Wet Season – Summer

  • The landscape is fresh and green
  • Newborn animals can be seen while adults are in healthy condition
  • Birding is excellent, and the migratory birds are present
  • Wildlife viewing is not as good as during the Dry season
  • Camps and roads might be busier, especially during school holidays
  • The heat and humidity can be unbearable
  • Antimalarial medication is recommended

Wildlife Photos

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