People often ask us, "What's the best time of year to visit Africa?”. Actually, every part of Africa is spectacular, always, for different reasons. Do you want a time when you can see the most animals? Or a time when the landscapes are clothed in glorious colour? A time when it’s great value for money? Or a time when it’s especially good for photography? This is why you need specialist advice, and where we can really help. As we’ve posed the question though, here are a few really spectacular times to visit Africa.
When You Can See the Great Migration
This is a question of being in the right place at the right time — the great migration is always somewhere! January to March it’s gathering on the short grass plains of the southern Serengeti as half a million calves are born. April to June and up to two million zebra, gazelle and wildebeest head north through the western Serengeti. Many run the gauntlet of the crocodile infested Grumeti River. July to September they reach the northern Serengeti and large numbers cross into the Masai Mara in Kenya. October to December they gradually leave the Mara to head back south through the Serengeti again.
We are adept at finding accommodation that will get you close to the migration and allow you to see countless other animals without encountering too many of your fellow humans. Whichever season you choose, we also know other places in the region which will complement your great migration safari.
In the Dry Season
Most of Africa's key safari regions have long dry seasons when little rain falls. The latter part of the dry season is a classic time to see large numbers of animals. Seasonal waterholes dry up, obliging wildlife to head for rivers and scarce permanent water supplies. Vegetation becomes sparser, grasses die down and your field of view increases.
The dry season is most popular. You should plan early as small exclusive lodges are booked well in advance.
Not in the Dry Season!
Some of our clients prefer to travel outside the dry season. With careful planning and expert advice this can be a smart thing to do. Prices are lower, camps are less busy and a degree of rainfall can greatly enhance the beauty of the landscapes. Migrant birds arrive, young animals are born and there is a bountiful sense of plenty for all. British people in particular have to get it out of our heads that “rainfall is bad for holidays”.
In Botswana, for example, it doesn’t rain much even in the rainy season, prices can be more than halved and the desert locations like Makgadigadi spring into magnificent life.
When You Don’t Have a Choice
Sometimes circumstances dictate your travel window. If that’s the case, tell us when you can go and what you’d like to see and do. Tell us about the style of accommodation you prefer, how active (or not) you want to be, who’s in your party, and any particular animals you’d love to encounter.
The beauty of having a holiday created to order is that we can use our expertise to make it a trip of a lifetime for you whenever you can travel. Africa is vast and complex and you will be amazed at its holiday potential.
A Last Minute Safari
We have the resources for an expert to drop everything and create, discuss and book a superb holiday within 24 hours. We are in live communication with hundreds of exclusive safari camps and lodges and with people who make things happen. So call us if you need a last minute safari.
We promise that it will be organised to our usual exacting standards. Last minute bookings do involve us in intense work. All we ask is that you be reasonably decisive and that you don’t ask several companies to work on your behalf. That always creates confusion in the booking process which is counter-productive and can interfere with the smooth running of the holiday.