When to Go to Africa

Elephant herd by Kilimanjaro
Elephants by Mt. Kilimanjaro, Kenya

Africa by Season

Africa’s climate varies considerably across the continent, with east Africa experiencing a wet season and a dry season, while further south the four seasons are distinguishable, albeit at the opposite time to the northern hemisphere. Once animal sightings and behaviour are added to the mix, it’s always a good time to visit somewhere, it just depends on what you’re looking for. The dry season might be best for general wildlife watching, but if it’s birds, flowers or whales you’re after then the wet season is best. We’ve highlighted some of the best times to visit below.

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Lioness with cubs
December to February
  • Lush green scenery in Zambia and Zimbabwe
  • Ideal time for birdwatching in Botswana
  • Best time for new-born animals in the Masai Mara
  • Wildebeest migration in the Serengeti
Victoria Falls in wet season
March to May
  • Wildebeest migration in the southern Serengeti
  • Green Season in Tanzania and Kenya
  • Victoria Falls in peak flow
  • Ideal time for birdwatching in Tanzania
Elephant spotted on safari
June to August
  • Best time for wildlife watching in Kruger National Park
  • Cooler temperatures in South Africa and Namibia
  • Ideal time for gorilla trekking in Uganda and Rwanda
  • Best time for whale watching in the Cape
Zanzibar beach
September to November
  • Wildebeest migration in the Masai Mara
  • Namaqualand for blloming wildflowers
  • Best time for whale watching in the Cape
  • Best weather for Indian Ocean beach holidays

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