The main reason why many people plan a safari trip in Africa is to see as much wildlife as possible by immersing themselves in the animals’ natural habitat, while still enjoying the luxuries of a premium outdoor experience. Africa is such a huge continent and has so much to offer in terms of wildlife that it can be a little overwhelming to decide when to go and where to go in Africa. It all depends on what type of wildlife you want to see. The turning of Africa’s natural clock is punctuated by the migrations that the great herds undertake every year across the plains. Read on to find out more about when and where you can catch a glimpse of this spectacle of nature.
South African Safari
The biggest drawcard for wildlife in South Africa is the legendary Kruger National Park, with all of the Big 5 animals roaming freely in an area of 19,600 square kilometres. It’s best to visit the Kruger Park between the months of June and September when the weather is cooler (watch out for the overnight low temperatures, though!) and dry.
See the Gorillas in Uganda
Uganda is the land of the Mountain Gorillas. In order to see these mysterious, powerful, and reclusive beasts you’ll have to take a bit of a trek up into the Ugandan mountains. The best time to visit is between Decemeber and March or June and September. While rain is likely all year round in Uganda, those months are more likely to be dry – making the journey to see the gorilla in their natural environment a little easier.
Tanzania and the Great Migration Safari
The Great Migration happens every year where millions of zebra, wildebeest, and other antelope trek from Tanzania’s Serengeti Plains to Kenya’s Masai Mara National Park in the north. With all this prey moving in large numbers, the predators come out to play. The best time to see this great spectacle is February to March, when the wildebeest and zebra give birth to their young. This also means that predators are in their highest numbers.
The Great Migration in Kenya
Catch the other side of the Great Migration in Kenya as the wildebeest and zebra arrive on the Mara plains, with all the predators at their heels. The best time to visit Kenya is between July and October as this is when the animals are in their highest numbers. This is also the dry season, when animals tend to congregate around permanent water sources such as rivers – making it easy to find and see these beasts.
Botswana is a fantastic safari destination, but don’t expect to go by road. Many of the parks in Botswana are only accessible by charter plane, making it the perfect place to go on a flying safari. Another great way to see the wildlife is from a canoe on the Okavango Delta, where huge herds congregate during the dry season of June to September.
A safari is a once-in-a-lifetime trip, so make the best of it by choosing the right time and place to go.