January is high summer throughout Southern Africa. This means glorious weather in the Cape, the Winelands and Garden Route. North of the Cape, summer brings refreshing rains which are lightest in the West; Namibia and Botswana, and heavier in the east; Zambia, the Kruger and Mozambique. This also brings lower prices so talk to us because you can still enjoy superb safaris at this time. Weather and game viewing is excellent right across Kenya, Uganda and Northern Tanzania.
When the waters of the Okavango Delta are low and the vegetation dry, it’s easier to spot predators as they have fewer places to hide. There is greater flexibility about where vehicles can go, so you can go directly to where the best sightings are. A leopard lounging in the afternoon sun is an awe-inspiring sight, but so too is hearing the roar of a lion echoing across Botswana’s floodplains.
Escape the winter weather at home by taking a safari in Tanzania or Kenya, followed by a laidback beach stay in Zanzibar. At the start of the year the islands enjoy constant temperatures in the mid-20s to low 30s, with an occasional balmy sea breeze. Fertile Pemba is a little greener than the other islands thanks to its hills and more plentiful rainfall.
This is the height of South Africa’s summer, but thanks to the ocean breeze and relative coolness of the mountains it’s a fantastic time of year to explore the Cape. Starting in the early morning, walk up Table Mountain for views across Cape Town and out to sea. Alternatively, if you’re feeling lazy, ride up in the cable car. For a malaria-free safari, choose Shamwari in the Eastern Cape.