Our Top Picks for June

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.

Bwindi & Volcanoes National Park - Uganda & Rwanda

SeasonWinterAverage Temperature for June20 Celsius66 Fahrenheit

What

Superb gorilla trekking in Bwindi Impenetrable National Park in Uganda and Volcanoes National Park in Rwanda.

Why

Both lie in Africa’s equatorial rainforest belt but in June, Uganda’s rainfall is a fifth of what it was in March while Rwanda’s precipitation is down by 90 percent compared to April. This dry spell makes trekking much easier as there is less heavy-going mud. More sunlight also penetrates the forest canopy, making it lighter for photographers hoping to snap the ultimate gorilla shot.

When to book

This is peak season for gorilla trekking and there are limited permits and lodges available. Consider booking your gorilla trek up to a year in advance – this also gives you plenty of time to get fit!

Good to know

Read all about gorilla and chimp trekking in Uganda.
Know the basics: Gorilla Trekking 101.
Expert advice on what to pack for gorilla trekking.

Grumeti Reserve - Tanzania

SeasonWinterAverage Temperature for June21 Celsius70 Fahrenheit

What

Witness thousands of wildebeest crossing the Grumeti River during their annual migration around the Serengeti-Masai Mara ecosystem.

Why

The river crossings are considered one of the most dramatic aspects of the Wildebeest Migration and thousands of safari goers flock to see them. The Grumeti crossings are far more exclusive because they take place in the private Grumeti Reserve. This means far fewer vehicles and people, making for a far more exclusive experience.

When to book

The Grumeti River crossings are among the most sought-after of Migration moments by safari aficionados, with very limited accommodation available. We strongly suggest booking up to a year in advance.

Good to know

Read all about a Grumeti safari here.
Find out more about the myths and realities of the Migration.

Masai Mara National Reserve - Kenya

SeasonWinterAverage Temperature for June19 Celsius66 Fahrenheit

What

Classic game viewing without the crowds.

Why

The weather is cooler and drier, and the animals aren’t venturing too far from water or grazing as winter settles in, making for superb game viewing. The other bonus is that the Wildebeest Migration is generally still in the Grumeti and Serengeti in Tanzania, making Kenya far less crowded. You may not see the Migration but you will see the Masai Mara’s iconic sunsets and rolling savannah.

When to book

Mid-year is high or peak safari season across Africa, and we’d always advise booking up to a year or at least six months in advance if you have your heart set on a particular lodge or if you want to avoid disappointment.

Good to know

A first-timer’s guide to a Kenya safari and what to expect in the Mara.