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When to Travel to East Africa - April to June
There is a chance of heavy rain during this period and showers can be expected for a few hours every day or every other day. Perhaps because of this, fewer people go on safari towards the end of March. During April and May the parks of Kenya and Tanzania are fairly empty and accommodation costs are often quite a bit lower. However, this time actually offers the finest game viewing opportunities of the year. Wildlife concentrations are at their highest in the Southern Serengeti, and the landscape is a lush green. With less crowding, lower prices and abundant wildlife, this can be the best time to go on safari.
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The eastern plains of the Serengeti are very seasonal. During the dry season, you are not likely to encounter more than a few gazelle. However, the eastern plains come to life in the wet season and offer incredible game viewing for certain species of animals. The cheetahs in the Serengeti are migratory and many of them go to the eastern plains during the wet season and head back to the central Serengeti for the dry season. Hyenas are also semi-nomadic and go 'holidaying' in the eastern plains during the wet season.
The rains trigger the great wildebeest migration into the plains of the South Serengeti and the northern Ngorongoro Conservation Area. April, May and June are the best months for game viewing in the Southern Serengeti. The southern plains encompass a massive area, so you should try to visit more than one lodge if time allows. Elephants can also be found in the Southern Serengeti now, in the patches of woodland that dot the plains.
The Ngorongoro Crater provides some of the very best game viewing Africa has to offer and is excellent at any time of year. The crater is not a self-contained ecosystem and some animals do migrate in and out but not in sufficient numbers to warrant tailoring your itinerary around this. The main factors for planning your trip here are weather and visitor numbers. From April to June the crater will be lush and green and visitor numbers will be at their lowest.
Where to see the Wildebeest Migration during April to June