Traveling to Africa for the first time or you are a regular traveler to Africa? All the same , the question; When is the best time to Go to Africa on a safari that will delivers the best giving you the most amazing safari tour experience of a life time!
When planning your African holiday, African safari tours or simply an African safari Vacation from Wildlife safari experience, bush Adventure, African beach holidays and wildlife adventure, African birding safari to exclusive African honeymoon safari, it’s wise to do a bit of research on when to go for the experience that would not only meet your expectation but also delivers to the best of your interest; you don’t want to start your beach holiday in cyclone season or find that the migrating herds you’ve arrived to see have moved on or you have just missed the migration period.
Generally Africa has proved the test of time to be warm and sunny throughout most of the year but certain countries and even regions within a country experience a variety of climates. The key factor in planning an Ideal African safari is the difference between the dry and wet seasons, some also tend to go for the best months to Travel most so when traveling on a tight budget.
The best time for southern African safari for instance; The winter dry season in Southern Africa is between May and October and this is when game viewing is at its best, especially in the hotter, drier months at the end of the season. A cloud of thirsty animals congregate at waterholes, trees are often bare and vegetation is sparse – these makes it much easier to see wildlife hence delivering an excellent game viewing while on these trips. It’s often cold at night during mid-winter but daytime temperatures are mild and the risk of malaria is at its lowest.
The summer wet season is between December and March, a hot and sometimes humid period with short but intense torrents ruptures of rain. The Southern African landscape is exquisitely green at this time of year, the bird watching is more than exceptional, and like that’s not enough, many animals give birth, offering a special game viewing experience, not least when marauding predators move in for an easy kill.
For those who wants to feel the intense of African safari concerted in one, then east African tours and safari holiday is the destination for you. East Africa safari, The seasons are more complex in East Africa and deciding when to go depends on what safari experience you have planned.
Most Kenya safari destinations are best round the year but its advisable to take your trip between January and the end of March or early april when the climate is mild and dry and game viewing is at its peak. April tend to be a bit rainy and so the park is a bit bushy, You can alwys skip April and Make your travel in May and june that will still deliver pretty well, the safari packages cost/ prices are also very budget friendly. However, for the Masai Mara migration safari, this is the best Wildlife event you wouldn’t want to miss. The park teems with resident wildlife; game viewing is good year -round. The migration is when great herds of wildebeest (1.4 million) and zebra (250,000) reside in the Mara, from approximately July to October. During the migration, prides of 40 or more lion may be seen. From the southern Serengeti a major portion of the migration moves northwest toward Lake Victoria, then north across the Mara River into Kenya in search of grass, usually returning to Tanzania i n late October. The best time to witness large numbers of wildebeest and zebra crossing the Mara River is from mid/late July to mid/late September. Though this is Nature calls and sometimes starts as early as Late June and ends in early October. It’s advisable to consult with your local travel partner on the ground to help get the most accurate answer.
General game viewing in Tanzania is at its peak during the June to October dry season but the best time to go to Tanzania for the Serengeti wildebeest migration is between November and August. It’s a huge park so make sure you’re in the right place at the right time to catch all the action – have a look at our wildebeest migration safari packages for more info.
Gorilla trekking in Uganda and Rwanda is a year-round activity but if you’re hiking the rainforests, you’ll certainly appreciate the drier and cooler months of January and February and again from June to September.
When to go on a beach holidayWhile the December to March months are the best time for a beach holiday in Cape Town and the rest of South Africa, our beach holiday destinations in Kenya, Tanzania, Mozambique, Mauritius and the Seychelles are generally considered year-round destinations.
That said, if you’re planning a beach holiday, you are strongly advised to read the country-specific ‘when to go’ guide as there are several months you will want to avoid thanks to heavy seasonal rain, the risk of cyclones and extreme heat and humidity. For more information on our Africa beach holiday and East Africa safari kindly drop us a mail on email@example.com