Enjoying Your Safari Holidays in Africa
You can make the most out of your African safari if you plan your vacation during dry season when animals usually flock in one area – usually the waterholes. This means you have to determine which country you want to visit because that would really affect the quality of your trip. East and South Africa have different seasons which mean you can maximise your African safari if you can be flexible with the most viable schedule.
If you choose Kenya for your African safari adventure, the best time to go here is from July to October. It is when the wildebeest, gnu and zebra descend on the Mara plains for their annual migration. You can be a witness to the diversity and huge density of wildlife and birdlife here.
During dry seasons which can be from July to October or from January to March, animals tend to gather around lakes, rivers and other permanent water holes to bring comfort and relaxation to their hot bodies. There is a huge concentration of wild animals here, so you can really have a feast of everything that you expect during your safari holidays in Africa. But be careful because where animals flock, the predators are just close by. But on a positive side, the vegetation is less lush – due to the scarcity of water – so you can get a clearer view of the animals even from a safe distance.
The northern parks in Tanzania are where you can see the unfolding of the Great Migration. The Ngorongoro Park and the Serengeti Park is teeming with zebras and wildebeest, together with their brood, during the months of February until March. The little ones are truly adorable but this is also the time when the predators are of the highest percentages, just lurking around – waiting to pounce on the vulnerable young animals at the right time.
The dry season in the southern parks of Tanzania is from June to November. The animals congregate around permanent waterholes during these times to get relieved of the hot and humid weather. If you want to make the most out of your African safari holidays, you can visit during these months and just make a detour to Masai Mara in Kenya so you can also witness the Great Migration there as well.
Rainy season is from March to May and from November to May in the northern parks and the southern parks, respectively. If possible, don’t schedule your trip during these months because animals tend to spread out. It would be least satisfying to go to the parks and encounter few animals.
On the other hand, the weather could be particularly unbearable during December through March, especially in the western side of Tanzania. Spending time in the bush when it is very hot and humid might not be your ideal way of an African safari holidays.
There are many safari companies near the park that offer great lodgings and guided tours. You can also include hiking up the Mount Kilimanjaro during your African vacation.
It is predominantly dry in Uganda during June up to September, making it ideal months to visit here. Tourists choose Uganda simply because of the abundance of Mountain Gorillas here. It is likely that rain comes all throughout the year but if you want to avoid difficult trekking situations, do not plan your African safari here during March and April as well as October and November.
The best time to enjoy the diversity of wildlife in Zambia is at the end of the dry season which is from September until the middle of November. The Lower Zambezi Valley is the meeting place of all the animals, so to speak. You can find large herds of zebras, impalas, buffalos and elephants lounging on waterholes here. The Liuwa Plain National Park is also another place where wildebeests flock – about 30,000 of them – during November. Afterwards, rain starts pouring and the roads are virtually impassable.
The Victoria Falls is a beauty to behold after rainy seasons – during March and April. But it is always best to be prepared – bring waterproof bags and cameras as well as extra clothes during your visit here. You’d get soaked to the bone by the thunderous sprays of the mighty Victoria Falls. It can be quite hilarious and exquisite at the same time.
The excellent wildlife parks in Zimbabwe are best visited from July to October. Hwange, the largest game reserve in the country, is particularly amazing with its awe-inspiring sceneries, vegetation and wildlife. The 14,600 square kilometres of land is home to more than 100 mammal species.
The weather from June to September in Botswana is nice and warm during the day, making it extremely rewarding to plan your African safari holidays during this time of the year. You can find most of the animals mingling with other species around the Okavango Delta. If you haven’t taken a ride on a mokoro (traditional canoe), then you have to try it because that is the best way to witness all the amazing creatures here.
Just so you would know, planning a safari holidays in Botswana might cost you an arm and leg. Roads leading to the parks are virtually inaccessible so you have to charter a small plane just to get there. But if you already have set your heart on it, try scheduling during the months of April, May and October which are considered are shoulder seasons.
The prime safari destination in Namibia is the Etosha National Park. Visit here during May until September so you can see plenty of animals congregating around water holes. It would mean getting a great view of the marvellous wildlife even from a distance.
Kruger National Park has excellent safari areas that offer you great views of the sceneries and wildlife during the months of June until September. But even during rainy seasons, you can still schedule your African safari because there are more decent roads here than anywhere else in Africa.