When is the best time to visit Thanda and South Africa?
Well, there is no simple answer to this question, but here is my view:
SUMMER (RAINY SEASON)
If you are looking for very warm (hot) weather (30C+ /90F+), if you want to enjoy the beach, if you want to see most of the country (Cape Town, the wine growing areas, the Garden Route), if you do not mind the occasional rain and if wildlife viewing is not your major priority than I think that the Summer (Rainy Season) is the right time for you.
The rainy season normally starts in October and ends in March (but it can be as early as September and as late as April).
WINTER (DRY SEASON)
If your priority is wildlife viewing (short grass, good visibility and many animals at waterholes), if you do not mind cool nights (around 5-10 C / around 40-50F) and mild days (around 20-25C / around 70F) then I think you should come in the Winter (Dry Season).
The best dry season months for wildlife viewing are June, July and August.
If you look for a compromise between the two weather extremes you may want to try September or April/May. It is a bit of a gamble but you might have good weather (warm with not too much rain) and quite good wildlife viewing.
SPIDER , INSECTS AND SNAKES
If you are afraid of spiders and/or do not like insects in general I would not recommend the summer/rainy season for your travels. The spiders one usually sees on game drive and at the lodge are quite harmless, but they are large and numerous :-).
Snakes are very rarely seen and they are usually very shy. So this is normally not a problem at all. Again, if you want to reduce the possibility of meeting one of these interesting reptiles you should travel in winter/dry season.
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