Where to Go in Africa in March

Where to Go in Africa in March

March in Africa is an interesting ‘shoulder month’ between high summer and the start of autumn.

It’s a month of mixed weather but some destinations really come into their own: March’s wildlife highlights range from the Wildebeest Migration and Big 5 game viewing to nesting turtles and bird watching.

The annual migration of millions of wildebeest starts picking up in March as the herds move with their calves from the southern Serengeti northwards to the Masai Mara. The annual migration of millions of wildebeest starts picking up in March as the herds move with their calves from the southern Serengeti northwards to the Masai Mara.

Vamizi Island – Quirimbas Archipelago

Vamizi Island is medicine for body, mind and soul. Part of Mozambique’s idyllic Quirimbas Archipelago, Vamizi Island has miles of pristine private beach with a forested interior that is home to monkeys, birds and crabs with pincers so powerful they can break open coconuts. It’s the perfect place to flop into a hammock when you're done with the superb snorkelling and scuba diving, and March has a trump card up its sleeve: it is the best time to see green turtles nesting.

How to do it The no-nonsense Quirimbas Private Island Retreat flies you straight into Vamizi via Johannesburg and Pemba but why not combine Vamizi with a safari for the ultimate blues-busting package? The Mozambique islands combine very well with both South Africa (like the Kruger National Park) and East Africa.

March really is the best time to add on a beach or island holiday to your safari - whether that's the Quirimbas, Zanzibar or the Seychelles.

Vamizi Island in Mozambique's Quirimbas Archipelago is the quintessential African island paradise... Vamizi Island in Mozambique's Quirimbas Archipelago is the quintessential African island paradise...
Expect some of the best diving in the warm and clear Indian Ocean. Expect some of the best diving in the warm and clear Indian Ocean.
March is also the best time to see nesting turtles on Vamizi Island. March is also the best time to see nesting turtles on Vamizi Island.

Sabi Sands – Kruger National Park, South Africa

In terms of temperatures, March is 'Goldilocks Season' in the Kruger National Park: it’s not too hot and it’s not too cold, it's just right! Summer’s afternoon thunderstorms are on the wane and the early morning chill of winter is months away. The Kruger in March is lush and green, full of colourful birds and contented animals. We recommend heading straight for the iconic Sabi Sands Private Reserve.

Hugging Kruger’s unfenced western border, Sabi Sands is home to exceptional wildlife and superb luxury lodges. Exclusivity is the byword here, and you’ll have access to activities that are not permitted in parks and reserves. Spot-lit night drives, off-road expeditions and guided nature walks enrich the feast of morning and afternoon game drives, delivering a more interesting and diverse experience.

Why not combine your Kruger safari with a few days in Cape Town? The Western Cape has some of the best weather at this time of the year - and that includes the Cape Winelands too!

The Sabi Sands is well known for its excellent Big 5 sightings, like this a mother elephant & her adorable calf. The Sabi Sands is well known for its excellent Big 5 sightings, like this a mother elephant & her adorable calf.
The lush, temperate Sabi Sands makes for wonderful game-viewing & birding. The lush, temperate Sabi Sands makes for wonderful game-viewing & birding.
Keep your eyes out for everything from prime leopard sightings to acrobatic lilac-breasted rollers. Keep your eyes out for everything from prime leopard sightings to acrobatic lilac-breasted rollers.

kwaZulu-Natal Midlands – South Africa

Sleek horses nodding contentedly under oak trees, winding country lanes and the pleasant hum of bees – England in high summer? No, the kwaZulu-Natal Midlands in March.

Home to historic battlefields, game reserves and a long, sun-drenched coastline, kwaZulu-Natal is South Africa’s most diverse province with a charming heart called the Midlands. Grand country houses and spa resorts are tucked away in the green folds of its rolling hills alongside some of the country’s finest cuisine, and all these charms set against the backdrop of the Drakensberg Mountains.

It’s an ideal place to explore from the back of a horse or with a pack on your back. There’s golf and fly-fishing, hot-air ballooning and bird watching, too. Go in March for warm, pleasant weather without the humidity and blanketing cloud cover of a kwaZulu-Natal summer. If you want to super-size the experience, then simply add on a safari in one of the kwaZulu-Natal game reserves or build in a tour of the historic Battlefields region.

Horseback is an excellent way to explore kwaZulu-Natal's rolling grasslands. This province in South Africa has Big 5 game viewing, historic battlefields, isiZulu cultural villages & beautiful beaches. Horseback is an excellent way to explore kwaZulu-Natal's rolling grasslands. This province in South Africa has Big 5 game viewing, historic battlefields, isiZulu cultural villages & beautiful beaches.
Fine dining is to be expected in the KZN Midlands, which is dotted with idyllic farmland, country restaurants & some of South Africa's most exclusive private schools. Fine dining is to be expected in the KZN Midlands, which is dotted with idyllic farmland, country restaurants & some of South Africa's most exclusive private schools.

Southern Serengeti - Tanzania

By March the grazing is well and truly down to stubble across the southern Serengeti, and the vast herds must begin their journey west and north in search of new pastures. Accompanied by thousands of month-old calves, wildebeest raise great columns of dust as they move stoically across the dry land. Stragglers that fall behind soon fall prey to watchful lions, cheetahs and spotted hyenas.

This is a great time to experience the Migration, and you'll still have your pick of accommodation. This is low season, which means crowd-free game viewing and pocket-friendly costs. It's a great time to combine the Serengeti with the legendary Ngorongoro Crater. March is one of the quietest months for this Big 5 hot-spot and a blend of the two destinations delivers an unbeatable wildlife experience.

The Southern Serengeti in March means crowd-free game viewing. Why not combine it with the Ngorongoro Crater for an all-round Tanzania safari experience? The Southern Serengeti in March means crowd-free game viewing. Why not combine it with the Ngorongoro Crater for an all-round Tanzania safari experience?
There's plenty of predator action as the herds move to new pastures. There's plenty of predator action as the herds move to new pastures.
March is also the season for adorable babies of all species. March is also the season for adorable babies of all species.

March is an in-between month, not quite summer, not quite autumn and still a long way from winter. It's a bit like Wednesday - not as relaxing as Friday but far enough from Monday! It's also strategically placed between Christmas and Easter, making it an ideal off-season month to travel. Big cats are still stalking the Serengeti’s wildebeest, turtles are nesting on tropical islands by moonlight, and the weather is mild – in fact, Africa in March is as wild and beautiful as it crowd-free.