Kruger National Park in May

enter image description here

May heralds the turning point where the climate starts to transition into winter in the Kruger. Towards the end of the month, the rain begins to dry up and the landscape becomes dry and dusty. Daytime temperatures remain warm and pleasant while evenings start getting cooler.

Cooler temperatures make venturing to the far north of the park more pleasant and the thinning vegetation helps in spotting the less dense populations of animals here. May is generally your last chance to see the landscape flourishing before winter sets in and turns the vegetation dull and brown. However, the central and southern regions see fewer visitors this time of the year and due to higher populations of animals still offer the best game viewing opportunities.

Flights tend to be cheaper this time of the year before going up for June/July holiday season. The park also sees fewer visitors in May. On the flipside, however, if you enjoy sweeping green landscapes this is not the time of the year to visit as the impending winter season turns the vegetation brown, leafless and dull.


Our Recommended Itinerary

Cape Town, Winelands & Kruger Luxury Journey (SA 9 days)

day 1

Cape Town living
  • Cape Town, Winelands & Kruger Luxury Journey (SA 9 days)
  • Cape Town, Winelands & Kruger Luxury Journey (SA 9 days)
  • Cape Town, Winelands & Kruger Luxury Journey (SA 9 days)
  • Cape Town, Winelands & Kruger Luxury Journey (SA 9 days)
  • Cape Town, Winelands & Kruger Luxury Journey (SA 9 days)
  • Cape Town, Winelands & Kruger Luxury Journey (SA 9 days)

day 2

Dramatic nature

day 3

Meet the locals

day 4

To wine, or not to wine
  • Cape Town, Winelands & Kruger Luxury Journey (SA 9 days)
  • Cape Town, Winelands & Kruger Luxury Journey (SA 9 days)
  • Cape Town, Winelands & Kruger Luxury Journey (SA 9 days)
  • Cape Town, Winelands & Kruger Luxury Journey (SA 9 days)
  • Cape Town, Winelands & Kruger Luxury Journey (SA 9 days)
  • Cape Town, Winelands & Kruger Luxury Journey (SA 9 days)

day 5

At your own pace

day 6

Safari time
  • Cape Town, Winelands & Kruger Luxury Journey (SA 9 days)
  • Cape Town, Winelands & Kruger Luxury Journey (SA 9 days)
  • Cape Town, Winelands & Kruger Luxury Journey (SA 9 days)
  • Cape Town, Winelands & Kruger Luxury Journey (SA 9 days)
  • Cape Town, Winelands & Kruger Luxury Journey (SA 9 days)
  • Cape Town, Winelands & Kruger Luxury Journey (SA 9 days)

day 7

Choices, choices

day 8

Star safari

day 9

Fly Home

View Full Itinerary

You might also like

Kruger National Park in November

The first proper rain of the wet season starts to arrive during November in the form of the occasional afternoon thunder shower. Expect hot and humid days and balmy evenings. The southern section of the park has the highest density of animals and in terms of visitor numbers, November is the calm before the storm of the end-of-year holidays. The upper central and far northern regions…

Timbavati

Timbavati Game Reserve is home to one of nature’s most magnificent creatures, the white lion. Ancient folklore tells of a time when the local Shangaan tribe saw a bright light streaking across the sky and crash on the African savannah. Shortly thereafter the lions of Timbavati began giving birth to snow white cubs. These unique lions have been regarded as sacred ever since. Timbavati…

Kruger National Park in July

July is second only to June as the coldest month in the year and equally dry. ‘Cold’ in the Kruger however only really applies to nights and early mornings, since the daytime temperatures are usually quite comfortable and even fairly hot on some days. The northern parts of the reserve receive fewer visitors which make it a good option if you want to avoid crowds. However, there is a…

Kruger National Park in January

The Kruger is at its hottest during the month of January. You’ll want to be in the shade during mid-day as temperatures regularly soar over 30°C. It’s also the rainy season which brings mild humidity and afternoon thunderstorms. Evenings are generally warm and pleasant. The holiday season in South Africa lasts until the second week of the month, so to avoid the crowds it is best to…

Kruger National Park in February

Daytime temperatures remain in the high 20’s and can sometimes rise into the mid-30’s. February sees the last of the summer rainfall and the occasional late afternoon thundershower can occur. The evening temperatures are usually mild. Birding is excellent during the summer months and the far northern regions (Punda Maria and Pafuri) of the park are especially exceptional since it sees…

Klaserie

The Klaserie Private Nature Reserve covers a whopping 600km2 of wilderness on either side of the Klaserie Rivier just west of the Kruger National Park. At Klaserie you’ll come face to face with the Big Five - lions, leopards, elephants, buffalo and rhino - as well as some of Africa’s less spotted species like wild dogs and cheetahs. Klaserie’s range of safari camps and lodges cater for…

Popular Kruger National Park Safaris

These popular itineraries can be customised to match your budget and travel dates

 | Thornybush Game Reserve Safari

Thornybush Game Reserve Safari

Enjoy the city life in Johannesburg and track the Big Five in the Thornybush Game Reserve...

 | Big Cat safari in the Kruger National Park

Big Cat safari in the Kruger National Park

Discover the Big Cats in the Kruger National Park and enjoy the bustling harbour, world-class beaches and top-notch vineyards in Cape Town...

Elephant on Game Drive | Cape Town & Kruger Luxury Safari

Cape Town and Kruger Luxury Safari

Combine Cape Town and the surrounding Cape Winelands with a safari in the Kruger National Park for a relaxing and exhilarating South African safari...

 | Cape Town & Kruger Family Safari (SA 8 days)

Cape Town and Kruger family safari

Combine the best that Cape Town and the Kruger National Park have to offer – beach and bush – for the ideal family holiday...

 | Big Five South African safari

Big Five South African safari

Get the best possible chance to see the Big Five wildlife in the iconic Kruger National Park and Manyeleti Game Reserve ...

Romantic view | Cape Town, Kruger & Vic Falls Deluxe Honeymoon

Cape Town, Kruger and Vic Falls Deluxe Honeymoon

Combine three of Southern Africa's most loved destinations into one romantic getaway and you'll share the memories forever...

 | Luxury South Africa to Zimbabwe safari

Luxury South Africa to Zimbabwe safari

Spot the Big Five in Thornybush Private Game Reserve and enjoy the majesty of Zimbabwe's roaring Victoria Falls ...

 | Sabi Sand Game Reserve safari

Sabi Sand Game Reserve safari

You'll trek Africa's Big Five members in the Sabi Sand Game Reserve...

 | Big Five safari in the Kruger National Park

Big Five in the Kruger National Park

Encounter the Big Five safari and discover the elusive leopard...

 | 15-day Kruger, Cape Town, Mauritius Bush and Beach safari

15-day Kruger, Cape Town, Mauritius Bush and Beach safari

Spend your days discovering the fine beaches of Cape Town, enjoying the remarkably untamed wilderness of the Kruger National Park and swimming the pristine beaches of Mauritius....