ABOUT SAFARI SEASONS
Although much has been written about the best time of year to travel in Africa, most countries are year-round destinations - depending on your interests. For many travellers to this vast and diverse continent, wildlife is the major attraction. One should always remember that the so-called 'peak season' is just that, and accommodation establishments tend to be booked well in advance. Many Safaris Lodges are small, and therefore space is at a premium. If you want to experience the majesty of the great migration in East Africa, it is advisable to book well in advance, likewise, if your interests are travelling to Cape Town, and the Winelands in December, it is important to understand how seasonal trends might affect your trip. Remember, however, that weather is variable and so it is quite possible to go for days without rain during the rainy season, or have thundershowers in the middle of the dry season. Please read more about each season below our interactive map.
If you know what to expect and bring a healthy sense of adventure, you'll have the best time on your African safari!
LEARN MORE ABOUT REGIONAL WEATHER
EAST AFRICA WEATHER
Kenya, Tanzania, Uganda and Rwanda. There are two rainy seasons in East Africa, the first, known as the long rains is from April to June and the shorter season from late November through to December. Many properties in the game viewing areas do close during April and May, mainly due to bad road conditions. The islands of Zanzibar are also affected during this period. The dry seasons are generally better for game viewing, as game concentrates around the water sources. The weather patterns play a major role in the great migration, as the animals follow the new grasses, which are dependent upon the rainfall.