When to go on safari?

Best time to go on safari in Southern Africa

In Southern Africa summer is typically wet and winter is typically dry. The wet and dry seasons have a significant effect on game conditions. The dry season generally runs from May to October through the southern autumn, winter and into spring. Game conditions generally improve as the season gets drier and wildlife tends to concentrate near remaining water sources.  The wet season generally starts in November, and signifies the arrival of migrant birds as mammals disperse in search of fresh growth. The bush gets thick, insects flourish, birding improves, game viewing deteriorates. The summer rains are generally characterised by torrential rainfall followed by sunshine during the day. The wet season generally makes the remote areas more inaccessible.

Best time to go on safari in East Africa

There are two wet seasons in East Africa.  The first, known as the long rains is from April to June and the short rains are from late November through to December. Many properties in the game viewing areas do close during April and May, mainly due to bad road conditions.  The dry seasons are generally better for game viewing, as game concentrates around the water sources. The weather patterns play a major role in the great migration, as the animals follow the new grasses, which are dependent upon the rainfall.

Africa's Top Wildlife Places and their Seasons:    

Country  Park / Reserve  Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec aaa aaa  
Botswana Moremi Game Reserve                             Excellent
  Okavango Delta                             Good
  Linyanti                             Fair
  Savute                             Poor
  Chobe National Park                              
  Nxai Pan                               
 Zimbabwe  Hwange National Park                              
  Mana Pools                              
 Zambia  South Luangwa (Northern area)                              
   South Luangwa (Southern area)                              
   Lower Zambezi                              
 Namibia Eotsha National Park                              
  Skeleton Coast                              
South Africa Kruger National Park                              
  Private Reserves                              
Tanzania  Lake Manyara National Park                              
   Ngorongoro Conservation Area                              
   Serengeti Nationla Park                              
   Tarangire National Park                              
   Selous Game Reserve                              
   Ruaha National Park                              
Kenya  Amboseli National Park                              
   Tsavo National Park                              
   Masai Mara National Reserve                              
   Aberdaeres and Meru                              
   Samburu National Reserve                              
   Lewa Downs                              
Uganda Bwindi Impenetrable Forest                              
  Queen Elizabeth National Park                              
Rwanda  Volcanoes National Park