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October
 
It’s warming up across Africa and months of dry conditions everywhere make this one of the most spectacular times to safari as animals gather in ever larger herds around precious groundwater. The Lower Zambezi is mobbed by elephant drinking and swimming in the Zambezi River making camps like Chiawa and Sausage Tree amazing places to stay. Tarangire, the vast Selous and Mahale are all at their best. This is also a prime time to visit Mauritius and the delightful Seychelles or Lake Malawi.
From August to October, the islands remain delightful. It’s the season when the humpback and southern right whale arrive, migrating along the East African coast. Inhambane and the Bazaruto Archipelago are considered to be the best spots for whale watching. It’s possible to spot as many as 30 whales in a single day, and you’ll hear their whale song from many kilometers away. Divers will adore swimming amongst these gentle giants.
Summer is well on its way and parts of the country heat up. The Skeleton Coast is an exception, however, as the weather barely changes year-round. Hot air balloon rides give a whole new perspective on the area. Combine a flight over this rugged landscape with superb game viewing in the wildlife conservancies. Zebra, elephant, oryx, and wildebeest are present in great numbers and spotting cheetah is likely too.
When water is scarce, the elephant and other game venture out into the open where it is easy to spot them. Typically they congregate along certain rivers and watering holes. The big cats and other predators stick close to the herds, sure of an easy meal. We love this time of year as although the wildlife is active and visible, it’s not too hot and the lodges tend to be quieter.
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