If you are busy planning your dream safari in Africa, you’ll know that it is no easy feat. Many small decisions could potentially make or break this African adventure that you’ve been thinking about for so long.
First things first. It naturally makes sense to begin the planning process by asking yourself ‘when it is the best time to visit Africa’. There is no perfect answer to this question, as the answer will depend on a variety of factors. However, in this post, we’ll delve deeper into this all-important question to help you get started on creating your ideal African safari trip.
Ultimately, the best time to visit Africa depends on your priorities for your trip. Moreover, Africa is a huge continent, so the best time to visit for your safari shifts from the north to the east to the south, depending on the climate and wildlife migrations. For instance, if you are heading to Kruger National Park in South Africa, the winter season, from May to October,, is the best time to view the game. However, if you want to catch the Great Wildebeest Migration in Kenya and Tanzania, June to September is your best option. So let’s break this down by looking at some of Africa’s most popular safari destinations.
If you’ve chosen to visit South Africa, Namibia and Botswana for a spot of game viewing, the cool, dry months between July and early November are the best time to travel. During these months, you’ll find that the wildlife congregates around waterholes. However, popular spots such as Kruger get incredibly busy, so plan ahead to avoid higher prices. Although animal sightings might be more difficult from November to March, you are more likely to see younger animals, which is a magical experience in itself.
The highlight of any East African safari vacation to Kenya or Tanzania is the Great Migration, which takes place from July to October close to the Mara River. This is also a great time to hop across to Zanzibar for a little rest and relaxation on the beach after your safari. Although wildlife is present all year round, the long rainy season from March to May isn’t the best time to spot game because many animals disperse to seek shelter. Moreover, the heavy rains can cause difficulties when travelling by road. It is also worth bearing in mind that climbing Kilimanjaro is riskier during the wet season.
If your heart is set on gorilla trekking in the Republic of Congo, you won’t be restricted as much by the changing seasons as this is a year-round activity. However, January-February and June to September are the coolest months, which are more pleasant for hiking. Although travelling during the rainy season from March to May shouldn’t put a dampener on things, the treks take longer and be a little more arduous due to the wet weather.
Planning Your Dream African Safari?
There is much more to planning your dream safari in Africa than working around weather patterns. If you are looking for a tailor-made African safari built around your priorities, get in touch with Lerato Adventures.
We are experts in guided travel in Africa and will help you make the most of your trip to Africa. For the best African safaris through South Africa, Namibia, Botswana, The Republic of Congo, Kenya, Tanzania and Zanzibar, we are on hand to help create a custom safari itinerary based on your priorities.
So don’t delay. We are waiting to design your perfect African safari trip today!