Safari month by month
There is somewhere in Africa and the Indian Ocean with sunny days and great wildlife year-round. If you are looking for inspiration, here are some of our favourite places to visit on safari month by month.
January – A magical time to enjoy superb wildlife in Kenya’s extensive reserves. The Masai Mara is excellent and less visited at this time of year, the whole country offers fascinating culture and fabulous beaches – think about adding gorilla tracking in Rwanda and Uganda for the ultimate East African adventure.
February – If scaling Mount Kilimanjaro is on your bucket list this is a perfect time of year, and don’t miss a few days on Zanzibar afterwards to celebrate your achievement. Head to the Serengeti and you’ll see the wildebeest beginning to calve on the southern plains.
March – Go to the Kruger National Park, or one of the adjacent private reserves, where you’ll find an exceptionally beautiful region that is home to a treasure trove of wildlife; an essential part of any South African safari. Combine it with the Cape area, still warm in the autumn sunshine, for a sophisticated safari experience.
April – If summer still seems a long way off, then how about a change of scene in Namibia’s stunning desert? Take a flying safari and you get the highlights of this extraordinary country in just a few days. For a more leisurely approach it’s a great place to try a self-drive safari.
May – The start of the dry season in Zimbabwe heralds superb wildlife viewing in some of Africa’s most beautiful wildlife parks. You’ll find a huge range of adventurous activities and as many styles of accommodation. A great time to visit the Victoria Falls with the flow at its peak.
June – The Zambian safari season gets underway and now’s the time to enjoy a walking or canoe safari. Travelling at a gentle pace you get a completely different view of the animals and their daily routines. Home to some favourite lodges with everything from rustic bush experiences to tip top luxury. Works well combined with a bit of R&R on the shores of Lake Malawi.
July – A stunning time to visit Botswana with the flood waters in the Okavango Delta at their peak. Myriad safari options here including riding, mobile and walking. Head to the otherworldly Makgadikgadi Pans for a startling contrast. Botswana combines brilliantly with South Africa and Zambia.
August – Prime time for a family safari. The wildebeest migration is in full swing in the Masai Mara in Kenya, Zambia’s parks are a riot of colourful birdlife and exciting predator action, adventure seekers will find plenty to thrill in Zimbabwe, and South Africa ticks the malaria-free box.
September – For something more exotic head to Madagascar where you can visit enchanting lemurs, enjoy breathtaking scenery and relax on beaches that rival the best in the world. Superb whale watching off Ile Ste Marie at this time of year. Alternatively, it’s a good time to visit Odzala in the Congo which is amazing for forest wildlife and lowland gorillas.
October – Prolong the summer with a safari in Malawi where you’ll find an unexpected wealth of wildlife and stunning scenery. The lake, with its unspoiled islands, beautiful beaches and glorious lodges is a must do for a few nights.
November – A perfect time to explore some of Africa’s wonderful Indian Ocean beach locations. It’s the beginning of the Maldives’ dry season, Mauritius offers sophisticated resort hotels, the Seychelles a wonderful collection of island hideaways, and southern Mozambique does barefoot luxury as well as anywhere in the Caribbean and without the jet lag.
December – For a truly memorable festive season try celebrating Christmas on a private safari with your nearest and dearest. Stay in a safari house, take a camel assisted walking safari, spend time with the meerkats; whatever you choose we promise you won’t miss Rudolph and his sleigh one bit.
If you’d like any further ideas, have a look at our ‘Where to Safari When’ blog.
We would be delighted to help with planning your perfect safari holiday, whenever you want to travel. Our team of experts has travelled widely throughout Africa and the Indian Ocean and can offer expert advice. Do get in touch – chatting to people by phone or email is what we do best. We listen, we explain, we answer all sorts of questions even those you didn’t know to ask, and finally we make suggestions. If this is your first time to Africa or your twenty first, we have a team standing by to help make the planning easy and the journey the best ever. Please get in touch whatever stage you’re at.