• Shumbalala Pool
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Weather

Due to the location and average temperatures of the area Shumbalala Game Lodge can be visited throughout the year. Although winters could be cooler during game drives it has the added advantage of more successful game viewing (as the bush is not that dense). In contrast the summer months with its lush green bush and hot temperatures is a privilege to endure!

Current Weather Conditions

Summer - November to March

Average Temperatures: Ranging between a minimum of 20°C, 68 F and a maximum of 35°C, 95 F. However this temperature can soar another 5°C higher at it's peak making it very hot and humid during mid summer.

The Advantages: For those enjoying very hot weather, this is the time to travel and enjoy the poolside. Lush green bush with the abundance of animals and their young, migrating bird species and an abundance of water makes for good photo opportunities.

The Disadvantages: Can be very hot and humid. The Lush green bush can limit visibility of game at times. Rain can occur during game drives but does not limit the game drives as vehicles are covered by a canopy for your protection.

Suggested Clothing: Lightweight comfortable clothing, preferably no dark colours to attract the summer sun, short sleeved clothing is strongly advised, sunscreen essential and a hat preferable, comfortable shoes.


Autumn - April to May

Average Temperatures: Ranging between a minimum of 19°C, 66 F and a maximum of 32°C, 89 F the weather is moderate but still warm, cooling down in the evenings.

The Advantages: The weather is generally very enjoyable and not as hot and humid as during the summer months. Generally no rain expected and although the bush is still green, visibility improves.

The Disadvantages: None.

Suggested Clothing: Lightweight clothing with a light jacket for game drives, short sleeved clothing can still be worn, comfortable shoes.


Winter - June to August

Average Temperatures: Ranging between a minimum of 10°C, 50 F and a maximum of 25°C, 77 F the weather is moderate but still warm, cooling down in the evenings.

The Advantages: Game viewing is very good (best visibility) and concentrated around the warterholes (including the one at the camp). No rain during this time.

The Disadvantages: Before sunrise and after sunset the game drives are generally cold (special surprise arrangements are made to ensure the game drives are enjoyed).

Suggested Clothing: Long sleeved clothing with a jacket for game drives, short sleeve clothing can still be worn mid day, comfortable shoes.


Spring - September to October

Average Temperatures: Ranging between a minimum of 16°C, 60 F and a maximum of 30°C, 86 F the weather is very enjoyable and a good time to visit. No rain.

The Advantages: No rain during this period. Game viewing is very good as the bush is sparse in expectation of the coming summer rains - as indicated by the trees starting to bloom.

The Disadvantages: Can be more windy during this time.

Suggested Clothing: Lightweight clothing with a light jacket for game drives, short sleeved clothing can still be worn, comfortable shoes.