Botswana is a year-round destination with an enviable 300 days of sunshine a year but anyone planning a safari should take note of the monthly changes in weather and the effect this has on the country's wildlife. For example, rainfall can trigger the zebra migrations, so an understanding of Botswana's seasonal nature is essential if you want your game-viewing expectations to be met. If you are planning a Botswana safari, read on and choose the month that's best for you:
There is something thrilling about staying in a tent on safari. Instead of being shut away behind brick and glass, enjoy the glow of lantern light on canvas walls and drift off to sleep to the sounds of the African night. And if your idea of staying in a tent means having to rough it in a brightly coloured 'dome', you're in for a wonderful surprise: Africa's top tented camps offer a softer kind of adventure with all the comfort and the trimmings you'd expect from a luxury safari lodge.
The arrival of May during my northern hemisphere childhood promised the long, warm and sometimes sunny days of summer. South of the equator, however, things are heading in the opposite direction. Days are shortening and chairs are getting pulled a little closer to the campfire.
Botswana was part of my life for five glorious years and I have yet to see wildlife anywhere else that can match it. It's a place where buffalo and elephant herds gather in their hundreds.
Uganda is home to half of the world’s remaining mountain gorilla population, the other half being just over the border in Rwanda. In November 2016, Africa Safari Experts Bonita and Tracy packed up their trekking gear and headed for Uganda’s exquisite montane rainforests.
Botswana is undoubtedly one of the most incredible wilderness areas on earth. The south and east consist of the jaw-dropping Kalahari Desert and lunar-like pans at Nxai and Makgadikgadi. The north and west, on the other hand, comprise the dazzling water worlds of the Okavango Delta and Chobe River ecosystem.
Africa is calling! And it’s no surprise why: This magical continent is one of the world’s last remaining wildernesses where large mammals roam vast tracts of land in their thousands and, sometimes, millions.
It’s November in the Mara and the living is easy. Lions retreat to the shade to sleep the day away after a night of hunting, digesting whatever prey they ate and building up their energy for another night on the prowl. Keep your eyes on rocks and low shrubs where the soil is coolest.Besides birds and babies, the other benefit of travelling to East Africa in November is that there are no crowds. We had almost all sightings to ourselves and seldom saw other game-drive vehicles, unlike the mid-year peak season when the Great Migration rolls into town. If you want vast plains, dramatic skyscapes and glorious sightings, consider a Green Season safari to Kenya.
Today's teenagers are rarely seen without earphones resolutely docked in their ears, fingers deftly generating more text messages per minute than Reuters issues global news updates. Their constant connectivity with friends in cyberspace often disconnects them from the people around them, their parents and even their siblings.
Namibia is a land of endless blue skies, vast horizons and crisp mornings: pure joy for photography enthusiasts. It is also safe, clean and organized with an excellent infrastructure, making it a favourite destination for family vacations, especially self-drive safaris (that’s travel lingo for independant road tripping - an ideal way to vacation with teenagers).