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The best time to go on safari in East and Southern Africa

The best time for an African safari is when the animals are easy to find and in dense numbers. Deciding when to go on safari depends on what country you would like to visit and when you are able to plan your trip. Seasons differ in East and Southern Africa so you can really plan a great safari for almost every month of the year, if you are flexible about where you want to go to.

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  • C o m m e r c e H o u s e , 3 r d F lr. , R m 3 1 1 - M o i A v e n u e E m a il: in f o @ e y e s o n n a tu r e e x p e d it io n s . c o mP .O . B o x 7 9 4 5 6 - 0 0 2 0 0 , N a ir o b i - K e n y a s a le s @ e y e s o n n a t u r e e x p e d it io n s . c o mT e le fa x : + 2 5 4 -2 0 - 2 2 2 9 7 8 1 b o o k in g @ e y e s o n n a t u r e e x p e d it io n s . c o mC e ll: + 2 5 4 7 2 4 2 9 4 6 0 8 / 7 3 4 9 3 9 3 0 8 W e b s it e : w w w . e y e s o n n a u r e e x p e d it io n s . c o mWhen to go on SafariThe best time to go on safari in East andSouthern AfricaCrocodile, UgandaThe best time for an African safari is when the animals are easy to find and in densenumbers. Deciding when to go on safari depends on what country you would like to visitand when you are able to plan your trip. Seasons differ in East and Southern Africa soyou can really plan a great safari for almost every month of the year, if you are flexibleabout where you want to go to.KenyaThe best time to go on safari in Kenya and experience a huge density and diversity ofwildlife is when the annual migration of millions of wildebeest, zebra and gnus descendon the Mara plains with predators close behind. The best time to see this wildlifespectacle is from July to October. Other parks in Kenya are also excellent and the besttime to visit these would be during the dry seasons -- January through March and Julythrough October.With the scarcity of water during the dry seasons, the animals tend to gather in moreconcentrated numbers around permanent water holes, rivers and lakes, so they are easier
  • to find. The vegetation is also less lush which simply means that viewing animals from adistance is easier. More tips on viewing animals while on safari...TanzaniaIf you want to see the Great Migration unfold, head to Tanzanias northern parks; theSerengeti and Ngorongoro. The best time to witness the migration is probably February -March when the wildebeest and zebra have their young. Not only can you enjoy seeingbaby animals, but the predators are at the highest number too. Because the herds alsoconcentrate in the south of the Serengeti, its easy to plan your wildlife viewing in thatarea and find a safari company that offers lodging there. For more details see myTanzania Safari Planner.June to November is Tanzanias dry season and is the best time to visit all the parks (andyou can always hop over to Kenyas Masai Mara to witness the Great Migration duringthis time). Tanzanias Southern Parks are perfect to visit during this time since theanimals tend to congregate around permanent water and it isnt so hot and humid.All of Tanzanias parks suffer from the rains which generally fall from March to May inthe North, and from November to May in the South and West. Roads get washed out andgiven the sheer size of Tanzanias parks, the animals tend to spread out, and this makeswildlife viewing less satisfying (if youre looking for sheer numbers of animals).December through March can get quite hot and humid, especially in Western andSouthern Tanzania which makes it a little uncomfortable to spend a lot of time in thebush.If you want to add a hike up Mount Kilimanjaro to your safari, the best time to hike isJanuary - March and September - October.UgandaUganda has some very good National Parks which are best visited from December -March or June - September, when it is predominantly dry. Most people who chooseUganda as a safari destination go to see the Mountain Gorillas. Although rain is likely allyear round, the rainy seasons make the trek up to the gorillas particularly difficult, soavoid the months of March-April and October-November.ZambiaThe best time to enjoy Zambias wildlife is from September through mid-Novemberwhich is the end of the dry season. Elephants abound and large herds of buffalo, impala,zebra and others congregate in the Lower Zambezi Valley. April to September is also agood time to go, but beyond these months many parks in Zambia all but shut down due toimpassable roads. In November, theres a smaller version of the Great Migration where
  • 30,000 wildebeest gather in Zambias Liuwa Plain National Park, thats not witnessedby many, but worth trying to plan a trip around.The Victoria Falls are at their most impressive in March and April after the rainy season.You will get totally soaked to the bone with the thunderous spray coming off the falls atthis time of year.ZimbabweJuly to October is the best time to go to Zimbabwes excellent wildlife parks, especiallyHwange, the largest game reserve in the country.White water rafting on the Zambezi is best from August to December when the water islow and the rapids are fast.The Victoria Falls are at their most impressive in March and April after the rainy season.You may have difficulty seeing all of the falls due to massive amounts of spray it can bequite torrential.BotswanaJune through September is the best time to go on safari in Botswana. There is littlechance of rain and the weather is still nice and warm during the day. Huge herdscongregate around the Okavango Delta during this time, making a trip in a mokoro(traditional canoe) extremely rewarding.Botswana is one of Africas most expensive safari destinations because many of the parksare inaccessible by road and you have to charter a small plane to get there. If you haveyour heart set on Botswanas excellent parks, but cant quite afford them, check out someof the shoulder season deals in April, May and October.NamibiaEtosha National Park is Namibias prime safari destination and the best time to visit isfrom May to September. This is Namibias dry season (despite being mostly desert, thereare still seasons in Namibia!) and animals congregate around the water holes makingviewing easier.Many birders come to Namibia, and the best time to visit is during the summer monthsfrom December to March, but be prepared for some very hot and humid weather.South AfricaThe prime safari areas in South Africa around Kruger National Park are best visitedfrom June through September when the weather is cooler and dry. But South Africaswildlife parks have better infrastructure than most parks in Africa, so rains dont
  • necessarily mean the roads will be washed out. There are also many excellent game parksin South Africas Eastern Cape region which experiences less rain during the wintermonths than in the north of the country.EMAIL:info@eyesonnatureexpeditions.comWebsite: www.eyesonnatureexpeditions.comhttp://www.beouthere.com/travelreviews/view_travel_operators_review.php?toid=18249&rpa=5