Each season has advantages. Between October and March, when summer rains have transformed the dry landscape into a flowering paradise, the park is alive with baby buck and migratory birds, but at the same time temperatures can soar above 40º C dropping to 20º C in the evenings. The dense foliage hides game, and the malaria risk is at its highest.
In the winter, when water is scarce and the plant life dies back, animals are easier to spot, especially at water holes and riverbeds. Because this is the most popular season, be prepared to share your sightings with other motorists. The days are warm, but temperatures can drop to almost freezing point at night. Try to avoid going during the school holidays particularly in winter, when the park is packed to capacity.
The subtropical climate has hot rainy summers starting in October and ending around March. The summer rains transform the arid park into a lush flowering paradise, but the increased foliage does make animals harder to see.
The winter months from April to September are extremely pleasant with warm dry days and cold nights. Traditionally, the best game viewing is in the winter as the vegetation becomes sparse and water is restricted to rivers and water holes.