January often falls into the 'low season' category. With this label, generally visitor numbers are lower and so are camp prices. We can advise that January is still a fantastic time of year to visit Africa and the best destinations we would recommend to visit are: Tanzania, Zambia and South Africa.
The best places to go in East Africa in January
Tanzania in January: The Serengeti
Although we believe Tanzania can be a year-round destination, January falls into the low season in terms of visitor numbers. We judge January to be a perfect time to visit Tanzania, especially the Northern sector of Tanzania which includes the Serengeti. Although humidity levels can be quite high, this is the very beginning of the calving season for the wildebeest in the Great Migration and it is a spectacle not to be missed. Often predator-prey interactions are high and due to less visitor numbers and cheaper camp prices, we believe it is an opportunity that shouldn't be passed up.
The best places to go in Southern Africa in January
Zambia in January
With Zambia being in the middle of its rainy season during January, many camps in the parks close. For those who travel to the open camps, a world full of emerald green vegetation and singing migratory birds await. The parks are far quieter at this time of year and although game may be harder to spot, it is still there in abundance. Accompanying the game are the vibrant colours of the flora and rivers that are bursting with water provide fantastic photographic opportunities.
South Africa in January: Cape Town
South Afica, and especially Cape Town is a fantastic place to visit during January. You will be greeted by clear blue skies and warm weather making safaris and vineyard explorations both pleasant and exciting. The weather also makes it ideal for beach lovers and watersports. The penguins of Simon's Town is also a must-see for anyone visiting Cape Town. If you were to travel further North in South Africa, then the usually dry and barren landscape would be replaced by lush vegetation and glistening water holes.