Where to go in Africa in July? In East Africa and Southern Africa, July is mid-winter and the start of the peak period for game-viewing. The safari season is in full swing! In East Africa the Great Migration is at its most exciting and in Southern Africa, destinations such as Namibia and Botswana offer polar opposite landscapes attracting an abundance of wildlife for different reasons.
In Kenya and Tanzania this is the time of year when the wildebeest and zebra migration is typically in the north of the Serengeti National Park, in Tanzania; making its way towards the Masai Mara Game Reserve, in Kenya, where they will spend a couple of months.
July is when you will experience the coolest nights, the mildest days and the least rain – and so is a perfect month for gorilla trekking.
July is when the annual flood waters from Angola reach the Okavango Delta, bringing it into full flood. Seasonal water sources from rain season downpours throughout Botswana have dried up and wildlife congregates at permanent water sources such as the Chobe River and perennial rivers feeding the northern floodplains.
Being an arid country, July mornings and evenings can be very cold, so be prepared! Game viewing in Etosha is also starting to hit its peak, making the country’s finest safari destination a great addition to any Namibian itinerary. It is all about clear skies and lots of sunshine. The nights are cool, and the days pleasantly warm.
South Africa has two climate zones. July is peak game-viewing season in South Africa’s northern parks and reserves, such as Kruger National Park. The bush is less dense and animals start to concentrate around the main water sources, making game viewing easier. However, places like Cape Town, experience winter rain.
In Zambia, as the seasonal waterholes dry up, wildlife moves towards greener areas such as the Luangwa Valley and Kafue National Park. In Zimbabwe, Hwange National Park attracts large numbers of elephants, lions and other species as they also seek out waterholes.