The most important question is…when is it most convenient for you? That’s the crucial factor. Each season has plus points and negatives so if you can only make it a certain time of year, we can make it work for you.
Generally speaking, weather patterns are a bit like Australia’s. Similar seasons and temperatures. Here’s what you can expect from a safari perspective.
Summer: Dec, Jan & Feb
This is usually the hottest season and you can expect a bit of rain at times. As the summer progresses, the lush vegetation can make the bush more dense but the upside is that most of the herbivores (impala, zebra, wildebeest etc) tend to have their babies during this period. This in turn, attracts predators - it’s as good a time as any time to get lucky and see a ‘kill’. It can be quite warm. All the lodges we use have fans or airconditioners.
Autumn & Winter: March through to August
The start of the season can still be quite warm and wet but is a great time for game viewing, especially during the spectacular impala rutting season. As winter deepens, the weather is usually dry and it can get chilly at night. This is often the best time for spotting animals because the bush is usually very ‘thin’ and waterholes tend to be heavily used by all species. Daytime temperatures are extremely pleasant but the nights tend to get quite cold, especially in open 4WD vehicles. Don’t be fooled into thinking it doesn’t get cold in Africa – you’ll need to be rugged up to enjoy the magnificent game viewing at this time of year.
Spring: Sept, Oct & Nov
Arguably the best time of year to be on safari. The bush is extremely dry and vegetation sparse which means visibility tends to be good. The temperatures are comfortable and you will be guaranteed some excellent game viewing. Early rains might arrive towards the end of spring – you might see some unbelievable African thunderstorms if you are lucky.