Our Top Picks for September

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.

Grand Baie - Mauritius

SeasonSpringAverage Temperature for September27 Celsius81 Fahrenheit

What

Days on the beach enjoying all sorts of water sports, shopping in fun boutiques, hearing about your children’s days at professional kids’ clubs and dancing the night away to traditional sega music.

Why

Grand Baie is the liveliest part of Mauritius and great for couples and families who like to have plenty to see and do – it combines very easily with a Big 5 safari to the Kruger National Park, Phinda Private Game Reserve or Madikwe Game Reserve, all in south Africa. September is generally one of the driest months on the island, allowing you to stock up on sunshine before heading back to a northern hemisphere that’s heading for winter.

When to book

Since Mauritius is a popular honeymoon destination and an easy add-on to so many peak-season safari destinations, don’t leave it too much to the last minute to make your booking.

Good to know

Why Mauritius is one of Africa’s Top 5 family destinations.

Western Cape & Garden Route - South Africa

SeasonSpringAverage Temperature for September18 Celsius64 Fahrenheit

What

Along the western coast, brilliant spring wild flowers start coming into bloom, covering the ground with swathes of purple, orange, yellow and white blossoms. Along the southern coast, the whales are still at play while to the east, wildlife reserves like Addo Elephant National Park buzz with animals gearing up for warmer weather.

Why

This is an incredible stretch of coastline to drive. The winter downpours are starting to abate and the Garden Route is dotted with gems like Plettenberg Bay, Knysna and the famous Cango Caves. Start in Cape Town and end in Port Elizabeth, enjoying good roads and excellent value-for-money accommodation along the way.

When to book

Since it is not South African school holidays, you should be able to plan a great vacation with your Africa Safari Expert not too far in advance.

Good to know

Read all about a Garden Route adventure and get a taste of the Hermanus Wine Route.

Masai Mara National Reserve - Kenya

SeasonSpringAverage Temperature for September20 Celsius68 Fahrenheit

What

Encountering mega-herds of wildebeest grazing on the Mara’s lush and plentiful grasses.

Why

With the drama of the river crossings now largely over, the wildebeest must replenish their energy, especially the females that are pregnant. The Mara’s significant collection of big cats – particularly lions and leopards – lie in wait, hoping for easy pickings.

When to book

September is still considered peak season so it’s best to get your enquiry in at least six months in advance to have the first choice of accommodation.

Ruaha & Katavi National Parks - Tanzania

SeasonSpringAverage Temperature for September22 Celsius71 Fahrenheit

What

Superb game viewing and birding in Tanzania’s less well-known national parks.

Why

They may not be as famous as the Serengeti and certainly don’t have millions of wildebeest hurtling through for several months a year but Katavi and Ruaha have rustic charm in spades. Both are home to all the big cats, wild dogs, massive herds of buffalo and elephant, and at least 500 bird species.       

When to book

If you’re a procrastinator or last-minute, spontaneous traveller than Ruaha and Katavi should be able to accommodate you.

Good to know

How to go off the beaten path in Tanzania.