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When To Go To Africa

When to go to Botswana+

The best time to visit Botswana is during the winter months from the middle of May to the end of September when the weather is not too hot. It gets hotter in October and November but the game viewing is very good.

Botswana’s winter is during our British summer, and the weather is hot during the day, but it isn't a stifling heat, and cold at night.

The summer months (British winter) can be hot and humid and there is a chance of rain.

Botswana has one rainy season which runs between mid-December and runs through to mid-March. However, in comparison to many other African countries, Botswana is never especially wet since it is mainly the Kalahari desert after all!

The beginning of the year is Botswana's green season. At this time, the rains can fall heavily in short showers and, while the birding is at its best, it is not a good time of year to visit the country if you are looking for big game. There are a few exceptions to the rule, as the Kalahari and Makgadikgadi attract large herds due to the fresh grazing and Chobe always has high concentrations of game, but the usual big game areas (Okavango, Linyanti, Selinda etc) do not guarantee good viewing, although the game is all there, but the bush is thick. There is some superb value to be had at this time of year.

From the middle of April the Okavango comes into flood with rain water from Angola, turning the dry sands of the Kalahari into a lush inland delta where lily- scattered floodplains start attracting huge volumes of game. This is arguably the best time of year to travel due to how stunning the country looks and because rates do not go into high season until the middle of June.

The dry season, from July onwards is the best time of year to go for big game viewing. August, September and October are the peak months and are when the huge herds congregate around the water and greener areas, making viewing easy since the bush will have thinned out. November sees low season rates return, and increased heat that rises until the rains break from the middle of November onwards....creating the start of the green season....and the cycle starts again.

When to go to Kenya+

Kenya has a great climate for most of the year. The best time to visit is between June and October when the weather is hot, but not humid, and the game viewing is excellent. Kenya is also a great winter sun option, however it can be very humid between October and May. The major rainy season to avoid is in April and May when all of the camps are closed. There is also a shorter rainy season that tends to fall at some point in November and December however, most camps remain open during these months. In Summary, Kenya is great to visit all year round, especially June until October, but watch out for the main rainy season in April and May.

When to go to Mauritius +

 Mauritius has a very distinct wet season in comparison to The Seychelles.

The best time to visit is during the British summer months, from April until October. The heaviest rainy season starts in November and runs through to March. February is usually the time of year when storms set in.

When to go to Mozambique +

Mozambique has a great climate for most of the year. However, there is usually light rain starting in December and this can continue all the way through to the beginning of April with the heaviest rainfall happening in February and March.

Southern Mozambique (Bazaruto Archipelago) is hot and sunny for the majority of the year. However, the rainy season runs from December through until March. This area over the last five years has experienced serious storms at the beginning of December and so we generally advise against travel at this time.
 
Northern Mozambique (Quirimbas Archipelago) is similar to East Africa in terms of its climate. Being closer to the equator the area is hotter throughout the year in comparison to the south of the country and the rains come later, with the heaviest months being February and March.

 

When to go to Namibia+

The best time to visit Namibia is during the winter months, which is the British summer. During this season the weather is not too hot and there is no rain. The rainy season usually starts in mid-November.

The summer months (British winter), can be very hot and humid and there is a reasonable chance of rain. Namibia has one rainy season which begins in mid-November and runs through to mid-March. However, in comparison to many other African countries, Namibia is never especially wet as it is mostly desert.

When to go to Rwanda and Uganda+

Rwanda and Unganda can be visited all year round, however its drier months, June till September are the best time to visit the countries highlight, the mountain gorillas. Oddly the rainy season is the best time to track the chimps. Days will be warm but at altitude the temperatures can drop at night during the winter months.  The drier months in Rwanda and Unganda are also the perfect time to see the migration in the Serengeti in Tanzania, an easy add on.

When to go to Seychelles+

The Seychelles has a very wet climate, hence the plethora of luscious vegetation! The heaviest rains come in between October and March when it is best avoided.

Whilst the Seychelles is particularly wet in between October and March,  truthfully they can be wet at any time of the year. However, these islands also receive their fair share of hot sunny days during the British Summer months.

When to go to South Africa+

Like most of Africa, South Africa is also a year round destination due to its size and carrying regional climates and wildlife viewing prospects. Cape Town is best during its summer months (British winter) with clear blue skies and warm weather, whereas the wetter summer is best for whale watching.  Game viewing in the northern parks is best done over the winter when the climate is cooler and drier.

When to go to Tanzania+

Tanzania is great all year round, especially between June and October when game viewing is at its best, but watch out for the main rainy season in April and May when you could possibly witness a proper African thunderstorm.

Tanzania has a great climate for most of the year. In terms of weather and game viewing. The best time to visit is between June and October when the weather is hot, but not humid, and the game viewing is excellent. Tanzania is also a great winter sun option, however it can be very humid between January and March. The major rainy season best avoided is April and May when the camps in the South are all closed, however the game never leaves and camps in the Serengeti are always open. There is also a shorter rainy season that tends to fall mid November. However the camps tend to stay open during these months as there are only a few rain showers.

when to go to Uganda+

Uganda is an all year round destination as the temperature rarely changes through the seasons. However there are two distinct dry seasons, December to February and June through till August, which make trekking conditions better when visiting the mountain gorillas and chimps, but they can be seen all year round. Bird lovers can also visit year round. 

When to go to Zambia+

The best time to visit Zambia is during the winter months when the weather is dry and not too hot. Game viewing is at its most dramatic in October when it's very dry and hot in the valley. The rainy season usually starts in December. The green season is usually at its optimum by mid-January, once the rain has fully set in. Zambia has one rainy season which extends from Decemeber to the end of May.

The winter months (British summer) is not only great from a weather perspective but a game viewing perspective. The summer months (British winter) can be hot and humid and there is always a reasonable chance of rain. 
 
A lot of the camps in Zambia are closed from the 1st December right through to mid-May on an annual basis, due to the roads being impassable because of the heavy rains. However, this is fast becoming a more popular time to come to those camps that are open - the park is quieter, greener and the river brimming to the full. It's a really popular time to come for regular safari-goers after something different, for keen photographers and bird watchers. There's a rumour that the game disappears and it rains all the time - this is just not the case!

When to go to Zimbabwe +

The best time to visit Zimbabwe is during the winter months (British summer) when the weather is not too hot, but watch out for the rainy season which usually starts in mid December.

There is only one rainy season which lasts for about 4 months and ends in March. Although game viewing is still good during these months, it gets much better from April to October when the bush thins a bit and the animals start congregating around the remaining waterholes.
 
Like most of southern Africa, the rates during the peak months of July, August, September and October are the most expensive, however there are considerable benefits of going during this period as opposed to the non-peak months.

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