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Africa is a year round destination but like any continent with a length of 8000km it encompasses many climate zones.  We’ve listed some of the most popular countries and their climates to assist you in planning your journey.

East Africa

Kenya

Offering a combination of great game viewing and coastal resorts Kenya is popular all year round.

The coast - The Europeans leave their cold winter and migrate south to its warmer climate making it traditionally busier on the coast between Dec – Mar but don’t let that put you off.

Game viewing - The ultimate game viewing experience happens here between July and September when around 2.5 million animals head north to the Maasai Mara seeking its green pastures during the great migration. Book early to get your spot especially if you want to see this event from the comfort of your balcony at one of the privileged game lodges situated at the Mara River bend.

Rains versus dry – The main rains can make access to some lodges difficult in April / May with the gentle rains of November / December creating a greener landscape making areas like the Mountains of the Moon even more picturesque.

Tanzania

Along with Kenya Tanzania is East Africa’s game viewing capital. Its vast plains lead into its highlands which can be cool at night but the majority of its days are warm and sunny.

Game viewing – In May the herds of Zebra and Wildebeest that make up the migration start to move westward from  its eastern plains and enter Kenya making May – July the opportune time and through to September a good time to view this spectacle.  Don’t expect to be alone but do expect to be amazed.

Rains versus dry – The main rainy seasons are similar to Kenya with the shorter grasses of the dry season from June to October making animals easier to view. Especially the big cats for which parks in Tanzania are famous for.

Uganda

Offering much lusher vegetation than its eastern neighbours Uganda is a nation full of jungles, lakes and mountains. The rains here between March and May and again in November only add to its beauty and fill its rivers making adventure activities even more extreme.

The Gorillas and other primates – They aren’t called Mountains Gorillas for nothing. Living around 2000 metres and upwards the Gorillas inhabit forested regions that are covered in mist and attract plenty of rainfall. Avoiding the rainy season isn’t essential as visits can be made year round.

Southern Africa

Zimbabwe

Victoria Falls. 
During the rains – Visit this region between March and May and you should see the Falls at their fullest. The rains that usually start around December fill the Zambezi and as it flows over the sheer cliffs and becomes Victoria Falls it literally does thunder. However that amount of water creates mist and you’ll be competing with a visual cloud of mist to view the falls up close.

At their best – Visiting in July or August is often thought to be the best time to visit. There’s still plenty of water but getting up close and having clear views is all but guaranteed.

In the dry – Some travellers prefer October through December at the end of the dry when you can see the falls as ribbons of water cascading down open cliff faces rather than torrents but be aware that their full force of nature will not usually be on view.

Botswana

From the dry of the Kalahari and Magdakidaki Flats to the vast Delta of the Okavango this is an all year destination with a popular winter that attracts not just animals but travellers.

The Delta

Invariably the seasons affect Botswana’s most popular attraction the Okavango Delta with some island lodges not accessible during the wet season which is also very hot and occurs between October and April.

Winter is the best time to travel here from May to September when the waterways of the Delta attract it highest content of animals. Take your jumper though as nights are cold.

South Africa

South Africa includes such extreme diverse landscapes as the southern reaches of the Kalahari Desert and the notorious windblown cliffs of Cape Horn. Its summers are warm and winters quite mild.

Game viewing – Its eastern parks are its most popular game viewing areas with  winter offering the chance to see more game as little rainfall creates drier conditions which draw wildlife into water holes provided by lodges . Mosquitoes also take a hike during this time of the year making travellers less vulnerable to Malaria.

The Cape – Further south this region attracts high rainfall and cooler conditions in the winter but it’s not too cold to visit. The Garden route famous for its namesakes blooming season is at its best between August and October and the population of visiting whales usually make their appearance between August and October.

Namibia

Africa’s outback is sandwiched between the Atlantic coast and the dry inland deserts of Southern Africa making it a great place to travel to all year round.
Winter versus Summer – Winter between May and October is cooler especially in the evenings when temperatures can drop below freezing and probably a little more popular with travellers. Summer is hot but provides visitors with spectacular displays of lightning and thunder in drier regions.

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