Travel season information
Any time of year is a good time to visit Tingala and the Kruger Park, as it is fascinating to see the African bush in its various seasonal guises as each month has its own unique beauty and advantages.
The Kruger Park has a hot, sub-tropical climate and most of the year it is hot during the day (above 25 ° C). In the summer months of October to April it can be very hot. But there are advantages to coming in summer time - the bush is green and lush, the park is filled with many newborn animals, and the thunderstorms can be spectacular. This is also the best time of year for birding, and there are lots of beautiful migratory birds during the summer months.
The winter months from May to September are the dry months. They offer pleasant day time temperatures, being warm but not too hot. It can be chilly at night and during game drives. The bush is dry, especially late in the season (September - October) before the rain comes. The dry bush may not look as attractive as the lush, green summer vegetation, but it is easier to spot the animals in the dry season. With a lack of water, animals frequent the waterholes more often, and indeed those drinking holes, dams and rivers that still have water become a hive of wildlife activity.
Spring (Sept - Oct)
Average Minimum 20°C / 68°F
Average Maximum 31°C / 87°F
Summer (Dec - Feb)
Average Minimum 22°C / 71°F
Average Maximum 35°C / 95°F
Autumn (March to May)
Average Minimum 19°C / 66°F
Average Maximum 28°C / 82°F
Winter (June - Aug)
Average Minimum 12°C / 53°F
Average Maximum 25°C / 77°F
What to pack
What to pack
• Light, summer-weight clothes. Neutral colors are recommended.
• Windbreaker or warm jacket for winter and night safaris.
• Comfortable shoes.
• Swimming costume – we have an invitingly cool filtered pool.
• Sunhat and dark glasses.
• Sunblock – lots of it.
• Binoculars, camera and video camera.
• Spare memory cards and don't forget your charger or battery.
• Anti malaria medication
• Any personal medical supplies – including those for personal medical conditions
Tingala and the Kruger National Park are situated in a malaria area. However, this should certainly not deter you from enjoying your stay with us, as you merely have to take your malaria medication.
There are various kinds of ant malaria medication, and your doctor or travel clinic will be able to recommend the best type for you. Usually these prophylactics should be started before you enter a malaria region, and continued for 14 to 21 days after you leave.
We have mosquito nets in the rooms.
Cover your arms and legs towards evenings with light coloured clothing to cover exposed skin, especially the ankles. Wear long sleeved shirts, long trousers, socks and closed shoes.
Use insect repellents.
The highest malaria risk time is between December and April, during the rainy season. The other times of the year are considered low risk. However, we suggest that precautions are taken year round.
At Tingala, we take the health and safety of our guests very seriously. There are excellent doctors, hospitals and pharmacies available within easy reach of our lodge.
The word safari comes from Arabic and means ‘to travel’, but Africa has transformed the meaning into ‘to travel in the shadows of extraordinary animals.’ That concept lies at the heart of KNP safaris. The amazing scope and proximity of African wildlife in the Kruger Park ensures that a safari on our open game-viewing vehicle will be exciting, inspiring and unforgettable.