By March, the wet season in Southern Africa is coming to an end. March is what we call ‘shoulder season’ as it lies between Summer and the start of Autumn. Hence, March can be a month of mixed weather however some destinations, such as Tanzania, really come into their own.
Where to go on an African safari in March?
The Southern Serengeti is an excellent destination in March. The wildebeest and zebra migration is still in full swing. Herds of wildebeest and zebra are starting to move northwards once their calves are strong enough for the journey. There are plenty of predators in residence, taking full advantage of the easy pickings.
Whilst the Great Wildebeest and Zebra migration is in Tanzania, not all of these animals migrate. There are plenty of ‘residents’ that remain in Kenya round. Add to this Kenya’s amazing private conservancies. A safari on a conservancy in Kenya is unique because you have the opportunity to go off-road and experience the wildlife up close and personal, without hordes of other tourists. Unlike national parks and game reserves, the number of vehicles at a sighting on a private wildlife conservancy is strictly limited, you are able to drive off-road and participate in nature walks and night game-drives.
Having a coastline of more than 2,500 km, South Africa is bordered by the Atlantic Ocean on the west and the Indian Ocean on the east. This means South Africa’s weather differs greatly between the southern and northern ends of the country. In February, the Western Cape area is a great destination, particularly down in Cape Town and along the famous Garden Route. Combining Cape Town with a safari to Kruger National Park and/or surrounding private game reserves is a great idea, however important to know the weather on the North-eastern side of the country is much wetter during Summer.