The seasonal variety Africa has to offer the general traveler depends on the individual travellers needs and expectations. Each season comes with magical moments that will leave you wanting more.
We have found that the best times generally would be from April to October due to the fact that the heat during the summer seasons can make it at times hard for people to adapt and enjoy.
KENYA & TANZANIA
JANUARY – MARCH and JULY – OCTOBER:
Dry seasons so animals are easier to spot in the lesser vegetation and watering holes are highly frequented.
APRIL, MAY and NOVEMBER:
Shoulder seasons, best value whilst still offering good sightings.
The annual migration crosses the Maasai Mara following the rains.
NOVEMBER – MAY:
Annual migration circles the Serengeti. Between December and March is the birthing season.
Best time to travel to catch the tail end of the summer but avoiding the crowds in the game parks.
MAY – AUGUST:
Vegetation is at its thinnest so game is easy to spot, rainfall is minimal and the temperature is warm.
MAY – NOVEMBER:
Whale watching off the coast as southern right and humpback whales come to mate, calve and rear their young in the warm waters.
MAY – NOVEMBER:
Dry season so grasses are low and animals congregate at water sources. October is the hottest month.
SEPTEMBER – OCTOBER:
Herds of elephant and buffalo start forming in Chobe National Park.
DECEMBER – MARCH:
Wet season so is it less busy in the parks. Shoulder seasons are December and March. Botswana is beautiful and green during the wet season and the birding is outstanding. This is also the period of birthing for all the grazing animals.
MAY – SEPTEMBER:
Great time to visit Sossusvlei or the Etosha National Park as the temperatures are tolerable and animals are seeking water. Temperatures can drop at night in the desert and get very cold.
OCTOBER – MARCH:
Best time for stays in the Namib-Naukluft as the coastal setting keeps it cooler than the interior of the country, however it can still be very hot.
OCTOBER – APRIL:
Better for birding in Etosha National Park and the Etosha Pan fills with birds including flocks of flamingos at this time of year. However the temperatures get very high.
APRIL – MAY:
Best time to visit Victoria Falls as they are at their fullest.
JUNE – OCTOBER:
Dry season so best time to spot wildlife.
DECEMBER – APRIL:
Great for birding as everything is flourishing in the rains providing lots of berries and insects.
JUNE – SEPTEMBER and DECEMBER – FEBRUARY:
Dry season, though light rains are prevalent all year round due to the tropical climate.
JANUARY – MARCH and SEPTEMBER – OCTOBER:
This is the wet season, so rains and mosquitos are frequent.