When to travel to Africa?


The best game viewing is during Africa’s winter from about June to September each year. We recommend booking up to a year in advance for popular attractions like Kruger in South Africa and the Wildebeest Migration in East Africa. Spontaneous travellers needn’t despair - Africa is full of off-the-beaten track destinations that can be enjoyed without too much advance planning.

Below you’ll find some info on seasonal highlights divided into most popular, which should be booked well in advance, and hidden gems – great for return travellers to Africa, good value-for-money and last-minute getaways. Don’t hesitate to get in touch for one-on-one advice. 

Jan Feb March

Most popular

In January, vast herds of wildebeest amass on the plains of the Southern Serengeti and about eight thousand wildebeest calves are born each day. The herd is under constant attack from predators as they graze on fresh grass and begin to gather for the onward journey. By March the mega herd begins to move north.

Hidden gems 

This is a great time for a Tanzania beach holiday - Mafia Island is located just off the coast, and between November and March, whale shark sightings are more or less guaranteed. Turtle nesting occurs in Africa's summer, usually from September to February. A great place to catch this is Zanzibar island, just off the coast of Tanzania. 


April May and June

Most popular

Combine a Kruger safari with adventure at Victoria Falls, which is in full flow at around May. Peak safari season in Kruger starts around June - there is a direct short-haul flight between Kruger and Livingstone, making it easy to visit both iconic destinations. 

Hidden gems

At this time the Okavango Delta is not too hot or too rainy. You can now go hot-air ballooning in the Delta, adding to the regions rich selection of game viewing activities that include canoe safaris, walking, mobile camping and classic 4x4 game drives.

July Aug Sept

Most popular

This is peak safari season. The best places for the Wildebeest Migration river crossings in the Serengeti and Masai Mara fill up months in advance. The same applies for Kruger safaris, so booking early is always advisable. Fortunately, Zambia’s South Luangwe National Park and Zimbabwe’s Hwange National Parks are also in their prime at this time.

Hidden gems 

Rwanda is one of Africa's most exciting new wildlife destinations, with the main attraction being gorilla trekking in Volcanoes National Park. The longest dry season is from June to September which offers the easiest hiking conditions and lowest malaria risk. You can also see the Big 5 at Akagera Park, go chimpanzee trekking at Nyungwe, and swimming in one of the Great Rift Lakes. Click here for our handy infographic about Rwanda. 

October November December

Most popular

It's late spring/early summer in Africa and rainfall means that Green Season is kicking off in both Southern and East Africa. In Cape Town the weather is fine, and you can see southern right whales with their calves, especially around September and October. 

Hidden gems

Tropical islands in Africa have warm weather year-round, but this period is often favoured for clear skies and not-too-hot temperatures. Beaches in Mozambique and South Africa's kwaZulu-Natal combine easily with a Kruger safari. In Zanzibar and other coastal destination on Africa's east coast, turtle-nesting season begins.

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