Best Time for an African Safari
The best time for an African Safari depends on which country or
attraction you wish to see. Below is a breakdown by country and
attraction, including information on The Big 5, Great Migration and
Okavango Delta. For expert planning advice and accommodation contact our friendly
This is the most popular reason for visiting Africa. If you want
to see the Big Five live and up-close in the wild, June to
September are the months for you. The best month overall is August,
as it is slightly warmer than June and July.
If you don't know what the Big Five are, they are African
Elephant, Lion, Leopard, Buffalo and Rhino. The best place to see
The Big Five is in the Kruger National Park in South Africa. Here
you will find the widest variety of quality accommodation, from
three star to five star superior lodges.
The great wildebeest (animal) migration in Tanzania and Kenya is
truly a spectacle to behold. This
massive migration of predominantly Wildebeest and Zebra, tracked
closely by a large variety of predators, is one of the most
incredible life experiences you may ever have.
The Great Migration is always moving of course, as plains game
follow the rains in search of greener pastures, and is thus not an
exact science for locking down dates. We do however recommend going
between February to March as this is when the Wildebeest have their
young, and they don't start migrating until the young are old
enough to make the journey.
This time of the year is special as not only do you witness many
young animals, you also get to see many predators, like lion in
search of prey.
The Okavango Delta in Botswana is teeming with wildlife due to
the life-source of water that is the Delta. This provides a
breathtaking and unique setting for wildlife viewing, catering
mainly to the luxury safari enthusiast.
Viewing wildlife on the riverbanks aboard a Mokoro (dug out
canoe) allows you a more personal viewing experience. The
area is rich with wildlife, including large amounts of birds.
Another unique viewing experience is on the back of an African
elephant. Elephant Back Safaris allow you to "walk" amongst the
many different types of wildlife, a special experience.
The best time to visit the Okavango Delta is also between June
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