Best Time to Travel
Best times to go based on weather and game viewing.
Kenya, Tanzania, Rwanda, Zambia
January to March: In the Southern Serengeti, the young are born to wildebeest, zebra, and antelope. There are many predators at this time.
April to May: Because of the long rains in April and May, most camps will close, but not all. The camps that stay open offer very inexpensive rates.
June through October: The migration starts mid-June in the Serengeti, crossing the Mara River into the Masai Mara in Kenya.
November to December: These months offer the short rains, but sometimes they do not arrive. This can be a wonderful and inexpensive time to travel, before the holidays with the least amount of people.
KenyaMORE ON Kenya
Kenya is a beautiful country offering the Great Rift Valley, Mt Kenya and Mt Meru, lakes full of pink flamingos, Amboseli, and the Masai Mara.
TanzaniaMORE ON Tanzania
Tanzania offers the Ngorongoro Crater and the Great Migration of wildebeasts on the Serengeti. Lake Manyara has flamingos and tree climbing black-maned lions. Tarangire has heaps of elephants and lovely baobab trees. Other more remote parks in Tanzania include the Ruaha, the Selous, Katavi, and Mahalo for chimpanzees.
South Africa, Botswana, Namibia, Zimbabwe
January through March: Good rainfall, green season, low pricing. It is a very productive time in the Kalahari desert, with herds of zebra, oryx, plains game, and predators.
April through June: The flood comes into the Delta from Angola. There are lower elephant populations at this time, but they’re still there.
April to May: This is the shoulder season and pricing can be reasonable; a great time to go.
July through October: The dry season, with the most travelers and highest pricing. With larger elephant concentrations in the Linyanti, July and August are in-demand.
November through January: Short rains start mid-November; the game viewing is fantastic.
BotswanaMORE ON Botswana
This magnificent country offers the Okavango Delta, where the Moremi, Khwai, Linyanti, and Savuti camps are located. Most wildlife documentaries set in Southern Africa are filmed in Botswana, including BBC’s Planet Earth. On game drives, sightings of the “big five” are guaranteed.
South AfricaSouth Africa is a country on the southernmost tip of the African continent, marked by several distinct ecosystems. Inland safari destination Kruger National Park covers vast shrublands populated by big game; the Western Cape encompasses lush winelands around Stellenbosch and Paarl, wild beaches, craggy cliffs at the Cape of Good Hope, forest and lagoons along the Garden Route, and the city of Cape Town, beneath flat-topped Table Mountain.MORE ON South Africa