WHEN TO GO ON AN AFRICAN SAFARI?

 

BEST TIME TO GO ON SAFARI IN SOUTHERN AFRICA

BOTSWANA, MADAGASCAR, MALAWI, MOZAMBIQUE, NAMIBIA, SOUTH AFRICA, SWAZILAND, ZAMBIA, ZIMBABWE

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.

 

  Excellent Good Fair Poor Closed
BOTSWANA       Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
Moremi Game Reserve      
Okavango Delta      
Linyanti and Kwando      
Central Kalahari, Nxai Pan and Makgadikgadi      
Savute (Southern Chobe)      
Chobe National Park      
Tuli Block      
ZIMBABWE                   Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
Hwange National Park                  
Matusadona National Park                  
Mana Pools                  
Matobo National Park                  
ZAMBIA   Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
South Luangwa National Park (Northern)  
South Luangwa National Park (Central and Southern)  
Lower Zambezi National Park  
Kafue National Park  
NAMIBIA                         Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
Etosha National Park                        
Namib-Naukluft                        
Skeleton Coast                        
Damaraland                        
SOUTH AFRICA                         Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
Kruger National Park                        
Cape Town                                                
                                                 
                                                 

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.

  Excellent Good Fair Poor Closed
KENYA                             Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
Amboseli National Park                            
East and West Tsavo                            
Masai Mara Game Reserve                             * * * *
Aberdares / Meru                            
Samburu National Reserve                            
Laikipia Area                            

* Great Serengeti Migration

TANZANIA                         Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
Lake Manyara National Park                        
Ngorongoro Crater                        
Serengeti National Park (West)                         * * *
Serengeti National Park (Northern)                         * * * * *
Tarangire National Park                        
Selous Game Reserve                        
Ruaha National Park                        
Mahale, Gombe and Katavi                        

* Great Serengeti Migration

UGANDA                       Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
Bwinid Impenetrable Forest                      
Queen Elizabeth National Park                      
Kibale                      
Murchison Falls                      
RWANDA                           Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
Volcanoes National Park                          
Nyungwe Foreset