Best Time to Visit

East Africa (Kenya, Uganda, Tanzania & Rwanda)

Although the seasons vary in different regions, the rain pattern generally follows these guidelines:

With the exception of the rainy season, which runs from mid-March through May, it’s always a good time to go on safari; it just depends on what your interests are and where you would like to go. During the dry season, which runs from June through to October, the weather is most conducive for game viewing. Animals are easier to spot as they tend to congregate more around water holes and the grass is short during this time of year. The skies are generally clear with a beautiful African sun.

The period of November through to March is also quite dry, but is characterized by what we call the mango rains, which are very short in duration. You may get a shower during the day and it helps keep the dust down on the roads. The game viewing is excellent this time of year.

Mid-March to May is the heavy rain season. This is the least desirable time to go because most of the roads in the parks are unserviceable, there is an increase in the number of mosquitoes and the skies are overcast more often.

For great migration timing, please see our Great Wildebeest Migration page.

Southern Africa (Botswana & South Africa)

May to September is the dry season, which is also their winter season. Wildlife is easier to spot during this time due to short grasses and the animals’ tendency to gravitate towards watering holes.

October to April is the hot season, which comes with the rains. Normally the rains pick up in the months of January and February (especially in Botswana). This is a good time for bird watching for the grasses are normally lush green which attracts different species of birds.

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