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The Timbavati boasts a subtropical climate with two main seasons: summer and winter

Summer (October – March) is the rainy season with temperatures that are moderately high to very high with some humidity and occasional cloudy conditions. The rains (varying between 450-550mm per year), start in November and usually last until March ends. The dry bush comes alive after the rains, but game viewing becomes increasingly difficult as the foliage grows thicker and the animals have more cover. Summers can get hot with average temperatures of 38°C in the months of January to April.

Winter (April – September) is the official dry season. The Timbavati weather is cool to warm, and the skies are clear with plenty of sunshine. We are privileged in South Africa to have some of the highest hours of sunshine in the world. This is the best safari season as the animals can be viewed more clearly in the bush and around any water resources. During the winter months the daytime temperatures in the Timbavati are pleasantly mild but the nights and early mornings are cold.

At Kings Camp, spring and summer give way to green, lush and thick bush. It is the time of the year where there are many newborn animals. Autumn and winter can be dry, the bush being less dense and waterholes frequented more often due to the lack of water.