Ranger Diaries | April 2019

Winter in South Africa falls between June and August (yes, nice and short!). Here at Falaza, however, the temperatures stay fairly mild since we are situated close to the coast which is along the warm Agulhas current. Our winter temperatures are rarely below 17 °C during the day and 10°C at night, with an average temperature of around 20 °C.

I think that winter is the best time to visit a game reserve. Here are my five reasons why:

Improved visibility and sightings

Winter is the best for our guests to enjoy the game viewing – the bush thins out and the grasses lose colour, which improves the visibility considerably.  

Less rainfall

The east of South Africa is a summer rainfall region, which means drier winters. This is not only better for the guest experience, but also makes it easier to know where to find the animals. In winter, animals are more reliant on waterholes and rivers for their water, which means that there’s a higher chance of seeing them in areas with a water source.

Wonderful wildflowers

We find that a lot of our guests fly in at the end of winter (just as we’re going into spring) to witness the natural exhibit provided by the many beautiful wildflowers that pop up in all colours over this time. These spectacular wildflowers are best enjoyed in the Hluhluwe-Imfolozi Park or in the False Bay Park where we do our hiking trails through the beautiful sand forests and along the False Bay shores.

 The cooler weather

Our summers can get very hot, so the cooler winter weather is a blessing. Winter mornings are ideal for our sunrise walks as the rising sun puts on a beautiful array of colours over the bay.

Here at Falaza Game Park & Spa, we end our winter days by curling up in front of the fire enjoying a warm Irish coffee, the clear winter night skies alive with stars, and the glorious sounds of nature.

Remember, even though our temperatures rarely get icy, it’s advisable to take a warm jacket for game drives as the early mornings and evenings on an open vehicle can be chilly. And you’ll still need hats and sunscreen for the sunny wintery days.

It’s quieter

Winter in South Africa is generally low season for game reserves, which means that you’ll have more exclusivity on your stay, quieter roads and a better chance of availability on the days you’d like to book.

So, there you have it, my five reasons why winter is the best season for game viewing. I look forward to giving you a warm winter welcome when you come visit!


Jeffrey Manzi, Falaza Ranger