South Africa

South Africa in March

South Africa in March: Weather and where to go

March begins with a decrease in rainfall from the previous summer months. Although this may not be immediate, it is generally a drier month all-round than January or February. With this, temperatures also start to decrease although not dramatically.

Evenings in Kruger are unlikely to get lower than 15°C but with the wind chill factor of the game drive vehicles, warmer layers may be necessary for evening and early morning drives. Daytime highs will still be up in the late 20s and as the afternoon skies are clearer than the summer months you may have chance to relax by the pool with a book between game drives.

Vegetation will still be fairly thick during March as it has not had time to dry out and be grazed down by the wildlife yet, but as the climate is somewhat drier you will have plenty of chances on your drives to seek out the quintessential African animals. 

As a result of the slightly lower temperatures, big cats are less likely to be hidden away in shady spots during the day making sightings probable.

Migratory birds will still remain in South Africa into March so this is a good time to visit if you are a keen bird watcher. Kruger and Mkhuze in particular are known for their variety of birdlife so if you are interested in this please do ask our destination specialists for more information.

Surface water will linger around the parks into March and April so wildlife may be still be scattered but our guides will aim to get you in the right place at the right time for the best game viewing.

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