Our Top Picks for April

Whether you are planning to witness the Great Wildebeest Migration in East Africa, experience a Big 5 safari in the Kruger National Park or spend your honeymoon in the Seychelles, timing is important. Our guidelines are based on our expert, on-the-ground knowledge of Africa’s travel seasons.

Cape Town - South Africa

SeasonAutumn Average Temperature for April 22 Celsius 71 Fahrenheit

What

Wine tasting in Franschhoek or Constantia, visiting the African penguins at Boulders Beach, climbing the lighthouse at Cape Point and taking the cable car to the top of Table Mountain. And be sure to rent a car (or get us to hire a reputable private guide for you) so you can venture further afield to the Winelands.

Why

April heralds classic autumn weather in South Africa’s oldest and most beautiful city. The heat and south-easterly winds of summer have passed, and the chilly drizzle of winter is yet to set in, making this month almost perfect in terms of the weather.

When to book

Like so much of travelling to Africa in April, much depends on when Easter and the South African school holidays fall. Cape Town is extremely popular with local travellers and the city hosts plenty world-class festivals and events that ensure hotels fill up quickly. If you can’t book well in advance, then try to avoid the Easter break – in South Africa, this is a 4-day period that includes two public holidays.

Good to know

Read about South Africa’s oldest wine-producing area – known as Constantia – and one of its youngest, in Hermanus.
Cape Town is Africa’s undisputed foodie capital – here’s what’s on offer.
Here are the best places to watch its legendary sunsets or, if you do get the odd autumnal shower, the best places to pass a rainy day.
Cape Town is strongly influenced by its connection to Malay culture – how to enjoy a Malay cooking course in the Bo-Kaap that will see you whipping up delicious samosas and chilli bites.
There can still be very sunny days at this time of year – here are Cape Town’s best beaches.

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Our complimentary Cape Town Country Guide.

Bazaruto Archipelago - Mozambique

SeasonAutumn Average Temperature for April 25 Celsius 76 Fahrenheit

What

Snorkelling and scuba diving in Bazaruto National Park. Not to mention spa treatments, seafood feasts and long walks on the beach.

Why

By April, the five islands that make up the Bazaruto Archipelago are drying up after the summer rains before peak season arrive. Visitor numbers are slowly growing, leaving you with a good choice of honeymoon or family vacation options on the two largest islands, Benguerra and Bazaruto.

When to book

Since peak season is still on the way, Bazaruto can be an option for spontaneous travellers who want to escape to an island paradise at the last minute.

Good to know

How to combine a Mozambique beach holiday with a Kruger safari.

Sossusvlei & Etosha National Park - Namibia

SeasonAutumn Average Temperature for April 23 Celsius 73 Fahrenheit

What

Spellbinding landscapes at Sossusvlei and rewarding game watching in Etosha.

Why

The intense heat of summer has passed and the rain is pretty much over but the cold evenings of winter are yet to arrive. The landscape still has some greenery and pools of water dot it here and there.

When to book

April is not yet peak season but, depending on when Easter falls and the Namibian school holidays arrive, it can be busy. Many South Africans also drive up over Easter and the South African school holidays. Consult your Africa Safari Expert at least two months in advance.

Good to know

Read all about fun family road trips to Namibia and about Go2Africans Liesel and Anza’s trip to explore its more remote areas.
Watch our video on what to see and do in Namibia.