When to go to Africa

When to go to Africa :  Based on rainfall and animals, the optimum season to visit Africa varies from south to east to north. All year long, you can locate a beach vacation spot, but the main draw is the amazing wildlife. The greatest time to see animals in Kruger National Park is during the winter dry season, which lasts from May to October. You must travel between June and early September to witness East Africa’s Great Migration. Although gorilla trekking safari is available year-round in Rwanda and Uganda, the months of January through February and June through September are significantly warmer.

Southern Africa.

Travel during the chilly and dry months of July to October (or early November in Namibia) to witness wildlife in Botswana, Namibia, and South Africa. During this time, animals congregate around the surviving waterholes. It can get busy, particularly in popular sites like Kruger, so make reservations well in advance and be prepared for higher costs. During the green season, which runs from November to March, wildlife disperses and becomes more difficult to spot, albeit there are more juvenile animals around during this time.

If you’re travelling to Cape Town, the months of November through March are the driest due to the reversal of the rainy season.

The ideal time to visit Zambia and Malawi is between late May and November, especially at the end of the season when the warmer springtime temperatures are beginning to rise and the waterholes practically dry up. In Zambia, this is also the ideal time to go on a walking safari. In the rainy months of March through May, certain lodgings in more isolated locations may close.


Ethiopia is best visited during the dry months of September through April, especially in September and October when the vegetation is still more verdant and fresh. The largest Christian holiday celebrated here is Timkat, which happens in January. The lengthy wet season is the best time to avoid mountainous areas. All year round, the weather is cool and moist, with extended rainy seasons spanning from June and July to October (though in the Bale Mountains, rain might begin as early as March). Additionally, clouds and fog often obstruct the breathtaking scenery. The coolest and wettest month is August, however when you travel, always pack extra warm clothing. Bale in particular has nighttime lows of less than freezing.

East Africa.

The Great Migration in Kenya and Tanzania is a must-see, especially from July to October when the Mara River crossing occurs. Wildlife can be seen all year, nevertheless, but the long rainy season in March to May (with the most precipitation from April to May) is not the best time to visit as animals disperse and are concealed by vegetation, and rain can make roads impassable. However, there are a few excellent offers available during this period, so it’s worth looking into if you’re on a really tight budget. Be advised that afternoon downpours are greater along the coast and on islands, and that climbing Kilimanjaro during the rainy season is hazardous. During this time, a few lodges in Tanzania’s more isolated south will close.

When to go to Africa
Great Migration

If you plan to go gorilla trekking safari in Rwanda or Uganda during the rainy seasons of November and March to May, especially in Uganda where treks typically take longer, be ready. Although it doesn’t rain constantly, it does do in heavy downpours. Gorilla trekking permits may be significantly less expensive during this time of year, so if you’re not a lover of the rain, consider making your reservation outside of it.


Madagascar experiences cyclones around February, but due to shifting weather patterns, these events are becoming less frequent. To be safe, stay away from January and even March. The newborn lemur season runs from October to December.

North Africa.

Morocco’s greatest seasons for walking and cycling vacations are in the spring and fall, but from February to April, dust storms can occur in the desert. Midsummer is not the best time to visit the Sahara; the coast has considerably more comfortable temperatures.

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