Our Top Picks for July

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.

Okavango Delta - Botswana

SeasonWinterAverage Temperature for July16 Celsius60 Fahrenheit

What

Perfect safari and photography conditions in the Delta, with everything from red lechwe to wild dogs running through the shimmering water.

Why

The summer rains in the region have reflooded the Delta’s meandering waterways to form huge floodplains that are ideal for water-based activities like mokoro rides and powerboat excursions.

When to book

The Delta is always popular but doubly so during peak season when the cool, dry weather makes for excellent game viewing. We’d suggest getting in touch at least six months in advance; more if you have your heart set on a specific lodge or camp.

The Seychelles

SeasonWinterAverage Temperature for July26 Celsius79 Fahrenheit

What

Basking on golden beaches, swimming in warm water and exploring teeming reefs. Or simply lazing the day away in a comfy hammock stretched between two nodding palm trees.

Why

It’s the driest month of the year in the Seychelles and the humidity is tempered by cooling breezes off the sultry Indian Ocean.

When to book

Many travellers combine the Seychelles with their Migration safari to Kenya, with our Africa Safari Experts booking their flights, accommodation and activities all at the same time. If you are visiting the Seychelles only, it still pays to get in touch with us as soon as you can as the perfect weather, northern hemisphere wedding-honeymoon season, and regional school holidays make the Seychelles a popular destination.

Good to know

Read about our 10-day adventure in the Seychelles.

Masai Mara National Reserve - Kenya

SeasonWinterAverage Temperature for July19 Celsius66 Fahrenheit

What

Wildebeest, wildebeest and more wildebeest! Closed tailed by massive Nile crocodiles, prides of lions, stalking leopards and lightning fast cheetahs.

Why

The Wildebeest Migration, of course. By mid-year, most of the herds should have crossed the Mara River and are munching their way across Kenya. The combination of peak safari season, dry weather and wildebeest wherever you look is hard to beat.

When to book

We’re not exaggerating when we suggest up to a year in advance for the Mara’s private concessions, which give you a superior experience. The mid-year part of the Migration is East Africa’s hottest ticket and lodges fill up quickly. If you can’t manage to plan a year in advance, then try not to leave it later than six months before you travel as you may not be able to get your first choice of accommodation.

Good to know

How the Wildebeest Migration works.
Watch the wildebeest make their incredible journey through the Serengeti-Mara ecosystem.
What to expect when you visit the Masai Mara.