South Africa’s summer starts and temperatures begin to rise. Kruger and Madikwe are already hot, but that creates excellent game viewing as animals spend much of their day around watering holes. We recommend November for visiting Cape Town and the Winelands. They are still hot but sitting on a terrace overlooking vineyards, with a cold glass of white wine in hand, is a rather enjoyable way to spend an afternoon!
The Seychelles tend to be hot and humid as the year draws to an end, with intermittent rainfall. Our favourite option is to stay at a remarkable resort such as North Island and enjoy the many activities on offer. Early mornings you can mountain bike and walk then as the day warms up, to take to the water, go fishing or drive around the island by buggy.
Madagascar remains dry and temperatures continue to rise. You won’t find a better time to hike in the Central Highlands, and it’s here that you might see the critically endangered Sibree’s dwarf lemur. The highlands are also home to the Merina people, an ethnic group of Malayo-Indonesian origins, and Madagascar’s capital city, Antananarivo. This is the cultural heart of the island, with historic buildings, museums, and lively arts scene.
Possibly the most beautiful time of year to visit Uganda. Early thundershowers have moistened the landscape and vegetation is lush. Jade green hills give way to islands dotted through wide, full rivers, and the herbivores - in particular the giraffe - can feast upon the vegetation to their hearts’ content. We highly recommend Uganda in these months as a birding destination with 1,000 species, native and migratory, to see.