Our Top Picks for August

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.

Lake Malawi - Malawi

SeasonWinter Average Temperature for August 24 Celsius 75 Fahrenheit

What

A ‘beach holiday’ with a difference: the sandy beaches and crystal-clear water for snorkelling is there – without big waves or strong tides, making it perfect for kayaking.

Why

Malawi is small but beautifully formed. Lake Malawi has among the world’s most varied population of cichlids, colourful little fish that are a joy to snorkelers. In August, conditions are near perfect, with little to no rain, sunny days and balmy nights. This is a fantastic spot to unwind after a high-season safari, gorilla trek or Kilimanjaro climb.

When to book

Malawi is still an undiscovered destination but accommodation and flights are limited. Chat to an Africa Safari Expert as soon as you think you want to go, especially if it’s for a special occasion like a honeymoon.

Good to know

Africa’s Top 3 kayaking adventures.

South Luangwa National Park - Zambia

SeasonWinter Average Temperature for August 22 Celsius 72 Fahrenheit

What

A multi-day walking safari during which you trek from camp to camp, tracking big game and enjoying game drives and extremely comfortable accommodation in between.

Why

It’s peak safari season across Africa so the game viewing is excellent and the weather cooler and drier – perfect walking conditions. Zambia is still a ‘safari secret’ so relatively uncrowded and ideal for returning safari goers.

When to book

Numbers are limited on walking safaris and lodges are generally small and intimate throughout South Luangwa, indeed throughout Zambia. Chat to us as soon as you’re interested in undertaking a walking safari so we can ensure a seamless itinerary for you.

Good to know

The Top 5 things to do in Zambia and read all about our adventures in this laidback country.

Cape Winelands & Whale Coast - South Africa

SeasonWinter Average Temperature for August 13 Celsius 55 Fahrenheit

What

Wine tasting in cosy cellars (South Africa has superb vintages), dining on excellent cuisine and going out on the Atlantic Ocean to enjoy watching southern right whales feed, mate and play.

Why

By August, big pods of southern right whales have generally swum up on their annual migration from the Antarctic to take advance of the impending spring in the relatively warmer waters of the Atlantic. Hermanus – less than a two-hour very scenic drive from Cape Town – the world capital for whale watching, these massive mammals often seen in the town’s Walker Bay. Elsewhere, the Cape Winelands – also only an hour’s drive from Cape Town – are lending themselves to idyllic winter days.

When to book

Whale-watching season usually peaks in August and visitors flock to Hermanus, especially on weekends. Book as far in advance as you can to secure the best accommodation. The good news is that Cape Town and the Winelands are fairly quiet at this time of year – perfect for a last-minute holiday.

Good to know

Read our first-hand tips for boat-based whale watching so you know what to expect – it’s not for everyone.
See what the Cape Winelands have in store for wine and food lovers (Hermanus also has a small but rewarding wine route).

Sossusvlei, Damaraland & the Kaokaveld - Namibia

SeasonWinter Average Temperature for August 21 Celsius 69 Fahrenheit

What

Road tripping with your family or friends through some of the most ancient and beguiling landscapes in the world.

Why

Namibia has an excellent road network and a very low population – only about two million people live in the whole country! This means low traffic numbers and, in August, the Namibian and South African school holidays are over, meaning you’ll have plenty of space to yourself.

When to book

Although there isn’t a large number of visitors from neighbouring South Africa, it is still peak safari season and remote places like Damaraland and the Kaokoveld have limited upscale accommodation available. Try to arrange your Namibian adventure about six months in advance so you have your first choice of lodge as well as of vehicle.

Good to know

Why Namibia is great for family road trips.
How to have a family adventure in Namibia’s awe-inspiring desert landscape.

Selous Game Reserve - Tanzania

SeasonWinter Average Temperature for August 22 Celsius 71 Fahrenheit

What

Spectacular peak-season game viewing without the crowds.

Why

The Selous is a massive reserve and at this time of year, the safari crowd is hanging out in the Serengeti and Masai Mara, taking the Wildebeest Migration. This means you have the best of both worlds: fantastic sightings with much of the reserve to yourself.

When to book

Since it’s peak season, don’t leave it too late to get in touch with your Africa Safari Expert. We like to have your safari lined up at least three months before your departure date.

Good to know

How to go off the beaten path in Tanzania.
Selous is named after a European explorer – read more about his exploits.