Kruger National Park, South Africa: What to pack, what to wear, and when to go [2022]

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Traveling to Kruger National Park, South Africa? If you're planning to go to Kruger National Park, I have some important information about when to go, what to wear, and what to pack.

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Hi! I'm Dev. I've traveled all over the world and in my travels, I have made many packing lists. In this series, my team and I have compiled the most useful information, as well as things we couldn't live without, to help you plan your trip.


When to go to Kruger National Park, South Africa

Based on the climate and weather in Kruger National Park, the best time to go is September. See below for details.

Important essentials for Kruger National Park, South Africa

Here are some general tips on what to wear in Kruger National Park, as well as several items to remember to pack when traveling there.

COVID-19 ESSENTIALS FOR 2022


  • N95 masks to use in crowded airports

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  • Travel disinfecting wipes

    Use these to sanitize plane and hotel surfaces.


  • A vaccine card protector

    Vaccine cards frequently get worn. An unreadable card can have severe consequences. This vaccine card protector helps stop that.


  • Hand sanitizer

    This hand sanitizer is a good plane-friendly option.


  • Kids' KN95 masks

    N95 masks don't exist for kids. These are a good alternative (and can also be used by adults if N95 masks are not available).

General health necessities

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What to wear/what to pack for Kruger National Park, South Africa by month

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January

January in Kruger National Park can be very hot. The rain can amount to several inches/centimeters. During this time, temperatures average in the low 80s F (high 20s C) to low 80s F (low 30s C).

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February

February for Kruger National Park is consistently hot. Temperatures average in the high 80s F (low 30s C) during the day.

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March

If you vacation in Kruger National Park during March, you will probably see that it can be sweltering. Temperatures tend to hover around the high 80s F (low 30s C) during the day, while at night they can dip into the high 60s F (high 10s C).

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April

April here is pretty consistently hot. Temperatures average in the 80s F (high 20s C) during the day.

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May

May is extremely warm. Temperatures average in the low 80s F (high 20s C) during the day.

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June

June in this region is warm. Temperatures average in the high 70s F (mid 20s C) during the day.

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July

If you go to Kruger National Park in July, you will notice that it is warm. Daytime temperatures are in the high 70s F (mid 20s C).

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August

August in Kruger National Park is pretty consistently hot. The average overnight temperatures in the area are in the high 40s F (single digits C).

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September

September is pretty consistently hot. Temperatures average in the 80s F (high 20s C) during the day.

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October

If you visit Kruger National Park during October, you will probably notice that it is extremely warm. Temperatures tend to hover around the 80s F (high 20s C) during the day, while at night they can dip into the low 60s F (mid 10s C).

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November

November for Kruger National Park can be sweltering. Temperatures average in the high 80s F (low 30s C) during the day.

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December

If you are traveling to Kruger National Park in December, you will notice that it is constantly hot. Daytime temperatures are in the high 80s F (low 30s C).

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Activities for Kruger National Park, South Africa

Here are some activity recommendations and activity-specific packing tips for Kruger National Park.

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