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This depends on your specific needs and requirements. Interests range from Africa’s spectacular wildlife to the wide variety of birds that occur in Africa at different times of the
year. Other interests are culture, events and natural phenomena (such as the migration of wildebeest in Serengeti and Kenya or whale season in South Africa), hobbies and activity
Is there a "best time" to go on safari?
When to travel Africa really depends on the type of animals you wish to see or the activity you would like to partake in. Certain reserves have good game viewing all year round but
others will have particularly good elephant sightings or other migratory animals at different times of the year.
It is generally felt that the African winter is the best time to go on safari, as the grass is dry and vegetation sparse making game viewing easier. It is also the time when animals are on
the move looking for food and water. In Kenya and Tanzania, you have the memorable opportunity of witnessing the migration of over two million wildebeests and zebra.
Temperatures in winter are mild but can become considerably cooler in the evening, so pack multiple layers of clothing to ensure you stay comfortable on afternoon game drives and
walks. It goes without saying that the standard safari gear must include a broad brim hat, sunscreen and mosquito repellent.
Summer is the best time to travel for birding, botany and great weather.
In areas where malaria is prevalent, summer is generally a more risky time to travel. So, before you go on safari, consult your doctor for the necessary anti-malaria medication.
Kenya is a year round destination for both exceptional game viewing and spectacular scenery. Without a doubt the greatest annual attraction is the annual wildebeest migration
between the Serengeti in Tanzania and the Masai Mara in Kenya. This spectacular wildlife event takes place between June and September.
♦ High season is from January to March when it is most comfortable for travelling during these warm and dry months. The wildlife is generally found around the seasonal water holes
during these months, so game viewing is great. The Rift Valley Lakes offer great bird viewing during this time.
♦ The rainy seasons are from April to June and October to December. A positive point during these times is that the lower numbers of tourists, so the travelling experience is more
exclusive and the rains do not hinder game viewing.
Located right on the Equator, Uganda offers exceptional wildlife and game viewing all year round. This is because of the ideal climate throughout the year. It enjoys ideal weather
conditions ranging from the warmth of lowlands to the coolness of highlands. Mean temperatures are between 21 to 31 degrees Celsius all the year round. Wet seasons are March -
May, October – November. There is no bad time to visit Uganda.
Light summer clothing supplemented by a sweater or jacket should be sufficient all year round. Usually dressing is informal. Cotton slacks and flat-heeled comfortable walking shoes
are recommended on safari. Don’t forget to bring a hat for sun protection and a swimsuit. Umbrellas and windbreakers are recommended in the wet seasons. Request additional
details at the time of booking.
Tanzania is the ideal destination for an abundance of wildlife and beautiful scenery. Some of the highlights include the famous Serengeti and the snow-capped Mt. Kilimanjaro. This
country has a diverse range of national parks and reserves offering habitats ranging from forests to deserts, all connected with regular air- and road transfer services.
♦ Summer: Oct-March. Winter: April - September.
♦ Tanzania offers excellent game viewing all year round. The migration between the Serengeti and the Masai Mara is a spectacular sight and a highlight when visiting Tanzania, but it
is important to note that not all animals migrate and are year-round residents. The Great Migration takes place from April - June and October - December.
♦ There are two rainy seasons in East Africa, the first known as the long rainy season is from April through to June and the shorter season from late November through to December.
A positive point during these times is the lower numbers of tourists, so the travelling experience is more exclusive and the rains do not hinder game viewing. The dry seasons are
generally better for game viewing when the game concentrates around the water sources.
♦ Birding is excellent year round but the south is best at the height of the northern winter. Tanzania boasts over 1000 bird species, with Lake Manyara alone being home to more than
400. It is a year round birding destination, but at the height of the northern winter, some 160 species of migrating birds make their way south.
♦ For the traveller interested in the botanical aspect of Tanzania, the months immediately after the two rainy seasons are best for floral and botanical interests.
♦ Climbing Mount Kilimanjaro is best from August to October and January to March.
Rwanda can be visited throughout the year. Gorilla trekking and other forest walks are less demanding during the drier months. The European winter is the best time for birds, as
Palaearctic migrants supplement resident species.
A combination of tropical location and high altitude ensures that most of Rwanda has a temperate year-round climate. Temperatures rarely stray above 30 degrees Celsius by day or
below 15 degrees Celsius at night throughout the year. The exceptions are the chilly upper slopes of the Virunga Mountains, and the hot low-lying Tanzania border area protected in
Akagera National Park. Throughout the country, seasonal variations in temperature are relatively insignificant. Most parts of the country receive in excess of 1,000mm of precipitation
annually, with the driest months being July to September and the wettest February to May.
Egypt as a travel destination is exceptional all year round. It offers wildlife, Classical Holidays ( exploring the culture and history of Egypt); Religious Tour (Islamic tours, Holy Family
Route, the Exodus Route and unstructured religious tours); Golfing Tours, Fishing Expeditions; Nature Tours (in the Sinai); Beach Vacations; Scuba diving vacations.
♦ The low season in Egypt is in September
♦ Mid season is as follows:
January 7th to March 31st
April 20th to May 31st
October 1st to December 10th
♦ Christmas, New Year and Easter are supplement periods hence the rates are also high.
♦ High Season is the Northern Summer period as follows
June 1st to August 31st
Throughout Egypt, days are commonly warm or hot, and nights are cool and the country only has two seasons: a mild winter from November to April and a hot summer from May to
October. The only differences between the seasons are variations in daytime temperatures and changes in prevailing winds.
In the coastal regions, temperatures range between an average minimum of 14° C in winter and an average maximum of 30° C in summer. Temperatures vary widely in the inland
desert areas, especially in summer, when they may range from 7° C at night to 43° C during the day. During winter, temperatures in the desert fluctuate less dramatically, but they can
be as low as 0° C at night and as high as 18° C during the day.
In the north, the cooler temperatures of Alexandria during the summer have made the city a popular resort. Throughout the Nile Delta and the northern Nile Valley, there are occasional
winter cold spells accompanied by light frost and even snow. At Aswan, in the south, June temperatures can be as low as 10° C at night and as high as 41° C during the day when
the sky is clear.
Egypt receives fewer than eighty millimetres of precipitation annually in most areas. Most rain falls along the coast, but even the wettest area, around Alexandria, receives only about
200 millimetres of precipitation per year. Alexandria has relatively high humidity, but sea breezes help keep the moisture down to a comfortable level.
Cairo receives a little more than one centimetre of precipitation each year. The city, however, reports humidity as high as 77 percent during the summer. But during the rest of the
year, humidity is low. The areas south of Cairo receive only traces of rainfall. Some areas will go years without rain and then experience sudden downpours that result in flash
The Sinai Peninsula receives somewhat more rainfall (about twelve centimetres annually in the north) than the other desert areas, and the region is dotted by numerous wells and
oases, which support small population centres that formerly were focal points on trade routes. Water drainage toward the Mediterranean Sea from the main plateau supplies
sufficient moisture to permit some agriculture in the coastal area, particularly near Al Arish.
A phenomenon of the Egyptian climate is the hot spring wind that blows across the country. The winds, known to Europeans as the Sirocco and to Egyptians as the Khamsin, usually
arrive in April but occasionally occur in March and May. The winds form in small but vigorous low-pressure areas in the Isthmus of Suez and sweep across the northern coast of
Unobstructed by geographical features, the winds reach high velocities and carry great quantities of sand and dust from the deserts. These sandstorms, often accompanied by
winds of up to 140 kilometres per hour, can cause temperatures to rise as much as 20° C in two hours.
Birdwatching: - A number of habitats in Egypt are especially suitable for bird populations including, of course, the lush Nile River Valley, but others as well. There are about 150
resident breeding bird in Egypt which belong mainly to two zoogeographical regions consisting of Palaearctic and Ethiopian. They are confined to the Nile Valley, the Delta and to
some of the western Oases.
Egypt is a migration corridor which attracts some 280 additional species of birds. It occupies a unique geographical location as a bridge between the continents of Europe, Asia and
Africa and therefore millions of birds pass through the country on their way from Scandinavia, Eastern Europe, the Balkans, Siberia and Central Asia to eastern and southern Africa
each autumn, and on their way back each spring. Migration begins in the Winter months, when from about mid February, the first wave of storks and raptors can be seen. Summer
migration begins in early August when water bird migration begins at Zaranik in North Sinai and White Stork migration begins in the southern Gulf of Suez.
South Africa as a travel destination is exceptional all year round. It offers wildlife, scenery, mountains, culture, beaches and excellent cuisine with some of the best wines in the
Please take note that certain regions should be visited at specific times:
♦ The northern parts of South Africa (Kruger, Gauteng, Limpopo) are best during the winter months (May to September) with wildlife and game viewing at its best. The temperatures
are very mild (maximum 20-23ºC). There is very little winter rainfall in the north.
♦ The southern parts (Cape Town, Garden Route, Eastern Cape) are best during the summer months (October to March). The temperature can reach 28-30ºC or higher offering
beautiful sunny days. The Atlantic Ocean brings relief in the form of a cool breeze along the coast. Rainfall is low during the summer.
♦ A ‘must-see’ for those who enjoy spectacular scenery, be sure to diaries a visit to the floral extravaganza in Namaqualand when the desert-like terrain is transformed into a carpet
of flowers and draws thousands of visitors. It is situated in the Western and Northern Cape Provinces and takes place from mid-August to mid-September.
♦ The warm waters of the east coast make for almost year-round swimming. Winter is mild, except in the highest parts of the country.
♦ Whale watching season begins in September
♦ Take note of the South African holiday season when locals take their annual holidays in summer. Mid-December to late January is a busy time of the year, but most areas are
equipped to handle the large numbers of tourists. Other holiday seasons are in April and July, when school holidays are utilized to visit places such as Cape Town, Kruger and
Namibia offers exceptional wildlife and scenery all year round. It is important to take note that certain seasons are ideal for special interest travellers:
♦ Birding is best during the summer months (November - April) because of the greater variety of species to be found.
♦ Botanical season is from December to May when most plants are in flower.
♦ Photography is excellent in August and September with cloud build-up in the afternoon that offers spectacular scenes.
♦ Namibia’s high season is from July - October. Due to the low number of rooms in most of the Namibia lodges and camps, availability is at a premium over this time, so it is essential to
book well in advance.
♦ Shoulder season is from May - June. This is also a ‘busy time’ in Namibia’s national parks and reserves.
♦ Christmas and New Year as well as April is high season for local holidaymakers.
Botswana offers exceptional wildlife and game viewing all year round. It is important to take note that certain seasons are ideal for special interest travellers:
♦ Birding season is from November – March when the Okavango Delta is home to the many migratory birds during their breeding season.
♦ Botanical season is from December - May when the vegetation is lush and green, and also when most plants are in flower.
♦ Photography is excellent year-round, but depending on what your main interests are, note that the scenery is most spectacular from September - February during the first rains. For
wildlife the winter months from May - September is best, as the vegetation is less dense and game viewing is generally more prolific.
♦ Botswana’s high season is from July - October. Due to the low number of rooms in most of the Botswana lodges and camps, availability is at a premium over this time, so it is
essential to book well in advance.
♦ Shoulder season is from May - June. This is also a ‘busy time’ in Botswana’s national parks and reserves.
♦ November to April is a less popular time to visit Botswana due to the rains that cause the animals to disperse over wider areas and not around the water holes. It also causes some
roads to be inaccessible due to the seasonal high waters of the Okavango Delta.
Zambia has a distinctive season for visiting the game rich national parks. Most lodges and camps welcome guests between April and November (with a few exceptions). This season
starts after the rainy season and stretches up to when the first rains arrive in November/December. A few lodges are open during the rainy season, offering exceptional birding
safaris and spectacular scenery. Another important factor to keep in mind is the Victoria Falls and the Zambezi River. It is spectacular in April and May after the rainy season,
although the thick spray may obscure your view (a flip by helicopter or micro-light is an amazing way of viewing the falls). At the end of the dry season, October to December, the
water levels are low and one can see the magnificent rock formation of the falls. River rafting is most exciting during low water (August to December) and is limited at high water.
♦ Wildlife and game viewing is best in September and October as the wildlife is found mostly around waterholes and along river banks. It is also excellent from June to August.
♦ Birding is exceptional from September to mid April, when the migrants are most prolific during their breeding season in the southern hemisphere.
♦ Rainy season is from December to March with heavy thunder storms occurring regularly. The wildlife is scattered and the vegetation is lush and green.
Zimbabwe is exceptional for game viewing and scenery all year round. It offers excellent special interest safaris at certain times of the year. It is important to take note that certain
seasons are ideal for special interest travellers:
♦ Birding season is from Nov - March when the waterways of the Zambezi and Lake Kariba are home to the many migratory birds during their breeding season.
♦ Botanical season is from Dec - May when the vegetation is lush and green, and also when most plants are in flower.
♦ Photography is excellent year-round, but depending on what your main interests are, note that the scenery is most spectacular from Sept - Feb during the first rains. For wildlife the
winter months from May - September is best, as the vegetation is less dense and game viewing is generally more prolific.
♦ Zimbabwe’s high season is from July - October. Due to the low number of rooms in most of the lodges and camps, availability is at a premium over this time, so it is essential to book
well in advance.
♦ Shoulder season is from May - June. This is also a ‘busy time’ in Zimbabwe’s national parks and reserves.
♦ Also take note of the following:
The Victoria Falls are spectacular in April and May after the rainy season, although the thick spray may obscure your view (a flip by helicopter or micro-light is an amazing way of
viewing the falls). At the end of the dry season, October to December, the water levels are low and one can see the magnificent rock formation of the falls. River rafting is most
exciting during low water (August to December) and is limited at high water.
The dry season is from early May to late October when the vegetation is less dense and the game viewing best. Bird viewing is generally good all year round, with October and
November being the best. Hiking is possible all year, but it is recommended that this not be undertaken in the wet season. August and September are the most comfortable times for
climbing the Southern Highlands as the mountain air is crisp and cool.
♦ The best weather is in August, and with it being the high season, national parks and the lake resorts are crowded.
♦ The rainy season is from January to March when some areas become inaccessible due to road conditions. This season is very humid and wet.
♦ May to July is best for scenery when the landscape is at its best. July is the coolest month.
Mozambique’s main attraction is its beaches and the Indian Ocean. It offers pristine tropical beach holidays with great weather year round. It is a top destination for fishing and diving.
The southern parts of the country are generally dryer and less tropical than the north.
♦ April to September is the best time to visit Mozambique during the winter months.
♦ Best fishing months are during the summer from October - March.
♦ November and December is hot, humid and rainy with the beach resorts packed with local holiday makers.
INDIAN OCEAN ISLANDS
The Indian Ocean Islands are a year round highlight and a great way to end your visit to Africa. Some islands experience short rainy seasons, during summer. The southern
hemisphere islands (Bazaruto, Madagascar and Mauritius) experience exceptional weather except during the months of January to March. The northern hemisphere islands
(Zanzibar and Seychelles) experience their rains from mid March to May.
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