Kruger national park during second part of february
Replies: 14 - Last Post: Dec 20, 2012 4:12 PM Last Post By: threedogs
Dec 17, 2012 8:35 AM
Kruger national park during second part of februaryWe are thinking of going to South Africa and among other things visit Kruger Nat Parek during the second half of february next year. Unfortunately, the second part of february or the first part of march is the only time we can go to South Africa next year.A good friend of mine, who spent 1 1/2 years in Southwestern Mozambique (about 90 miles east of Kruger) tells me that this time of the year is very rainy over thgere, sometimes with violent thunderstorm, and the mosquito (with high malaria risk) plague is heavy too. I wonder if it is the same in Kruger during the second half of february - maybe the weather is little different (better?) Is there anyone that who visited Kruger in february or the first part of March?
Dec 17, 2012 3:45 PM
1The malaria risk will still be high and there will still be rain. It may not be the ideal time to visit but if you think it may be the only chance you get, I would go for it. With proper planning and advice re malaria/mosquitoes you can still enjoy the park. And the violent thunderstorms, if they occur, can be spectacular. The park will be looking green and lush. If you can make it March rather than February that may be a little better for overall weather conditions.
Dec 17, 2012 9:02 PM
2Went in late January and we had very heavy rain indeed. It closed some of the roads and basically cut the park in half for a couple of days and I believe left some people stranded who had checked out of their accommodation in the south and couldn't go north. But we had a great time, one day was driving in the rain which cut visibility down a bit but we still saw a lot. And no mozzies at all as far as we could see. Personally, I'd go regardless of the weather.
Dec 17, 2012 10:24 PM
3I was in the Kruger area late february 2009 and it rained once or twice a day for max 30 min. It was very hot, a lot of vegetation and spiders. We had a fantastic time and saw a lot of animals, and despite my fear of spiders I would go there again in a heartbeat in february. Didn't see or Get bitten by a single mosquito and the mosquitos usually love me.
We've usually visited Kruger area in june-september, and of course that has its upsides. But so does february with warm weather, no ice cold evenings, beautiful landscape. We didn't see less animals in february than we usually do in june-september, and Even though we had a guide we had no difficulties spotting animals. It was also my first time seeing hyena in South Africa.
So go and have a great time!
Dec 18, 2012 3:04 AM
4Thanks to everyone for very encouraging answers and advices. Well, we´ll go for it then, but will try to shift our arrival in SA closer to the end of february, upon threedogs´advice. Short rain showers up to 30 minutes would not bother us, on the contrary, they probably cool the air down for a while and would be welcome, I understand it can still be very hot out there at the end of february. And it´s good to hear the mosquito plague was not too bad - the thing is that I´m allergic to most types of malaria profylax ( even got badly sick in West Africa due to them and at the local hospital they ordered me to stop taking them immediately in spite of high malaria risk in the area - they actually thought that contracting malaria was the lesser of the two evils I was facing then) so I try to survive using insect repellents and other anti-mosquito measures.
Dec 18, 2012 4:31 AM
Dec 18, 2012 1:43 PM
6We had the same advice as iolanthe, my friend who's a nurse did not take any anti-malaria drugs, the rest of us did. Last year we got the same advice, and I followed the advice. I'm quite allergic to mosquitos and the bites swell up really bad and leave huge bruises, so I would've noticed if I got any bites. And we weren't really careful with insect repellent and stuff. We had around 30-33 degrees in Kruger area in late february, we celebrated my birthday in Cape Town early in March and temperatures were around 36 degrees.
Dec 19, 2012 12:57 AM
7Iolante and cath81, many thanks for your opinion /experience/advice about mosquitos in Kruger and thanks cath81 for info about temperatures both in Kruger and Cape town, as we´ll be visiting both places at about the same time as you did, so it´s good to know what we can expect temperature-wise. 36degrees C is a bit hot for us (we live in the "far North" with maximum summer temperature about 28degrees C), but we intend to survive the heat somehow.
Dec 19, 2012 4:16 PM
8You should get professional medical advice (preferably from a doctor experienced and up to date with malaria prevention and treatment in regard to South Africa). February and March are the months of highest transmission. Kruger is an intermediate to high risk area for Malaria over the summer months. The female anopheles mosquito is silent and you will probably not be even aware of the presence or even of being bitten. PLEASE get correct professional medical advice before making a decision on what preventative measures to take.
Dec 19, 2012 6:33 PM
9I agree with threedogs, always get updated medical advice from doctors. I just wanted to share my experience, and we got our advice from a clinic in Oslo who only deals with vaccines and travel related medicine not from aforum.
Dec 19, 2012 6:34 PM
Dec 19, 2012 8:26 PM
11Threedogs, I agree that anti malarial decisions should be made on the basis of medical advice rather than someone on the internet and we did just that (South African doctor as well, it's difficult to move without falling over them in these 'ere parts). Like Cath81, just sharing our experience.
Dec 20, 2012 8:46 AM
12Threedogs, thanks for your advice, I´ll consult a physician when we arrive in South Africa (we´ll have about 10 days there before entering Kruger), because here in Scandinavia most doctors know a little about malaria in SE Asia (because so many people from here go there for vacations - it´s become a sort of national sport actually), but very little or nothing about malaria conditions in South Africa. I´ll also check with my friend, who spent 18 months working in Northwester Mosambique, about 90 miles close to Kruger. I´m afraid though, that if the doctor´s advice will be "Take profylax", I may have to diregard it and take other measures like strong repellents plus protective clothing , because althoug I´m otherwise healthy, the only two times I took anti malaria profylax I did not feel well at all the first time and became badly sick the second time, so I guess theanti-malaria pills just don´t agree with me.
Dec 20, 2012 3:28 PM
13Dalin: I don't know where in Scandinavia you're based, but in Oslo we have a clinic Called Reiseklinikken where the doctors Are really up to date when in comes to travel medicine. Could be worth checking out.
Dec 20, 2012 4:12 PM
14Hope you find an experienced doctor. We choose not to take prophylaxis in the winter months but would always take them over summer. Sometimes the way you take the tablets can make a very big difference. Doxycycline will make me feel quite ill if I lie down after taking them or do not take them with food. Other meds can have similar requirements. There are a few meds which are used for South Africa so ask about the options.
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