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Kruger flood in Jan-Feb last year and again now

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Kruger flood in Jan-Feb last year and again now

Hi,

Me and my wife are in the early phase of planning our first trip to SA. We plan to visit late Jan - early Feb 2014. We would like to spend 2-3 nights in Lower Sabie rest camp. However, with the subsequent Kruger floods in two consecutive years (2012 and 2013) in January - we are apprehensive about visiting Kruger in Jan. Should we plan for a different time? We also want to visit the Garden Route and Cape Town and late Jan - early Feb seems to be the best time for the Cape. Should we then just focus on the Cape and plan for a different time for Kruger visit?

Any information will be helpful!

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1. Re: Kruger flood in Jan-Feb last year and again now

There is not a flood this year (yet!). There have just been heavy rains over the last few days which have temporarily closed a few roads. This is quite different from the floods of 2012. I would say January/February is not the best time for Kruger (although any time is good!) That is to say, if you plan on returning I would look at May - November for Kruger. The weather is better and the risk of malaria is much lower and game viewing easier.

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2. Re: Kruger flood in Jan-Feb last year and again now

Thanks for the response!

SA is quite far and flights quite expensive from Bangalore, India where am located!

So a re-visit will be difficult in the near term! :(

My initial reaction was Kruger at any time is better than no Kruger at all! :)

Just a bit worried if the rains are going to absolutely spoil the experience.

Thoughts?

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3. Re: Kruger flood in Jan-Feb last year and again now

It is the rainy season , so it is not the best time to visit Kruger. If you are planning a visit to the Garden Route , why not travel a bit further and visit Addo?

http://www.sanparks.org/parks/addo/

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4. Re: Kruger flood in Jan-Feb last year and again now

Thought about Addo - but from the posts in TA and elsewhere seems like Addo is basically about elephants and a whole load of them.

Elephants are great - but being from India - I must say we have seen quite a lot of elephants - some of our temple cities have elephants and jungles in South India have loads as well! :)

More interested in lions, giraffe, rhinos, cheetas and other wonderful creatures in the African wild!

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5. Re: Kruger flood in Jan-Feb last year and again now

I posted that earlier today.

Only a few in the northern part are affected. Lower Sabie definitely not.

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6. Re: Kruger flood in Jan-Feb last year and again now

I wouldn't worry about the weather and definitely go to Kruger, even if you do get a bit of rain you'll still see a lot of animals.

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7. Re: Kruger flood in Jan-Feb last year and again now

I have visited kruger many times at different times of the yearand have never had a bad experience..In 2010 I did a private trip with my daughter.(I also run Safaris hence I go often) we were there in February and had a great time. It was quite hot but we had very little rain.We saw a lot of game including the big 5 and a lot of lion including prides.

Kruger is the real deal, Its massive and game is plentiful.Definitely go!!

To get some idea of what you mightl see check out

www.southafricanphotosafaris.com

Edited: 6:52 pm, January 17, 2013
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8. Re: Kruger flood in Jan-Feb last year and again now

Hi everyone,

I live in the Kruger Area and all is okay here - No need to panic. So far so good, we got a lot of much needed rain. Everything will even itself out over the next few days. So relax and look forward to your safari adventure :-).

All the best,

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9. Re: Kruger flood in Jan-Feb last year and again now

Thanks Everyone for the responses! :)

I think I am feeling quite motivated and encouraged and will go right ahead and start planning for my first Kruger and SA trip next year Jan.

A quick question on the malaria risk -

From what I understand by reading different posts - the risk is high during summer.

Now, I know that the best possible prevention is not to be bitten - wear covered clothes at evenings, dusk and dawn.

Are there medications that needs to be taken for effective prevention?

Unfortunately I haven't found a lot of Indian travellers online who have visited Kruger and don't know if there are medicines available in India which we should take before/during/after the travel.

Any thoughts?

Again - appreciate all the responses! :)

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10. Re: Kruger flood in Jan-Feb last year and again now

I'm glad you decided to visit Kruger. You won't regret it!

A common medication for malaria prevention in Larium or another is Doxycycline. Both should be readily available in India. I am sure there are others as well, but these are what I normally use. Larium is one tablet a week - one week before travelling, then 1 a week while you are in the area, and 1 a week for 4 weeks after you leave the area.

Hope that helps :)