Temperatures are starting to rise across Southern Africa, the chill of the winter is receding and the humidity is slowly rising. The lack of rain and low vegetation is still making game viewing easy. In Eastern Africa the dry season is also entering its final months and the beach destinations are still perfect for some rest and relaxation
Where to go in East Africa in September?
Tanzania in September: The Serengeti, Ruaha and Selous
To visit the Serengeti at this time of year would provide the opportunity to catch the last few wildebeest cross the Mara River, the crocodiles are generally full and have enough store in their larder to last them until next year. Therefore we would recommend the more secluded Ruaha and Selous during this month. With a few months without rain, these reserves are largely unspoilt wildernesses that few people visit. The game viewing opportunities are fantastic and the low vehicle density makes the safaris far calmer than you may find in the North.
Zanzibar in Septmeber
September is still a wonderful time to visit Zanzibar. With warm temperatures and oceans that are still clear and tranquil, we would certainly recommend a short flight over for some time to chill out on the beach. The visitor numbers are not as high during September as they would be in the previous months and therefore some lodges do offer lower prices, making it a deal you can't say no to.
Kenya in September: The Masai Mara
A vast number of the wildebeest have entered the Masai Mara (known for its cheetah and lion populations) over the last few months, and you can be sure that the arrival of so many prey animals will attract the attention of these predators. With such an abundance of food on offer to the cats, drama is never far away. Good populations of rhino, buffalo and elephant in the Mara attract high volumes of visitors during September as they search for their 'Big 5'.
Where to go in Southern Africa in September?
Zambia/Zimbabwe in September
This time of year is still regarded as peak-season for game viewing and therefore visitor numbers in Zambia and Zimbabwe can remain quite high. Due to months without rainfall and a gradually rising temperature, water resources for animals are becoming scarce, as is vegetation. Game has to travel further to find enough food, however their water dependency results in large congregations of animals and many predator-prey interactions giving you the adrenaline fuelled safari you were after.