Awe-inspiring Africa, whatever the time of year

The following is simply a guide and we would urge you to contact us to discuss in detail the months in which you intend to travel to Africa, as well as where to because each country and in turn, each area, comes into its own at certain times of the year.

  • Game-viewing in East Africa – Best months: all year except for May.
  • Game-viewing in southern Africa – Best months: June-December (one of our favourite months for viewing game in Botswana is February, and April and May are two of our favourite months again in Botswana, Zambia and southern Tanzania). South Africa – May-November and in the Cape Jan-June and Sept-Jan.
  • Bird-watching – September through to end of March. Migrant species return in November.
  • Walking – This can only be done in the dry months due to the length of grass – i.e.: your visibility should be acute! So, June to October for Africa generally, although this can be extended in East Africa in the Selous and Katavi.
  • Rwanda, the Congo and Uganda gorilla safaris – Throughout the year, except for April/May and mid-October to November, due to the rains.
  • Mountain-climbing – January/February and August/September are excellent times to climb Mount Kilimanjaro, Meru and Mount Kenya.

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South Africa - Nesting period for turtles in Maputaland (Dec-Feb)

Leatherback/loggerhead turtles, Maputaland (Dec-Feb).

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South Africa coast, winelands, game-viewing in the Cape.

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Tanzania - wildebeest migration, Serengeti

Wildebeest migration, Serengeti (Jan-Mar).

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Botswana - Flamingos in the Kalahari Desert Jan-Mar

Flamingos in the Makgadikgadi through March

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Gorilla safaris Rwanda, Congo and Uganda Jan-Mar

Gorillas and chimpanzees through to end March.

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Ethiopia - Festival of the Tadot

Festival of the Tadot.

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Kenya - Fantastic birdlife and wildlife. Swim with dolphins in Lamu

Fantastic wildlife and birdlife. Swim with dolphins in Lamu.

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Uganda - Great wildlife and the rutting of the Kob antelope

Rutting season for Kob antelope.

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Gorilla Trekking - Rwanda, Congo and Uganda

Chimpanzee and gorilla-trekking.

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South Africa - wine harvest - Cape

Harvest period winelands of the Cape.

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Botswana - Calving time for antelope

Calving time for antelope.

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Tanzania - wildebeest migration, Serengeti (1)

Wildebeest migration, Serengeti.

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Zambia - Wonderful Birding

Birding week through March.

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Kenya - Fantastic birdlife and wildlife. Swim with dolphins in Lamu (1)

Fantastic wildlife and birdlife. Swim with dolphins in Lamu

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South Africa - wine harvest - Cape (1)

Harvest period, winelands.

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Zambia- River safaris

River safaris in the Luangwa.

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Namibia - Mar-end December

Lovely through to end December.

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South Africa - Fly Fishing Mar-May

End March-May fly-fishing.

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Kenya - Fantastic birdlife and wildlife. Swim with dolphins in Lamu (2)

Fantastic wildlife. Swim with dolphins in Lamu

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Tanzania - wildebeest migration, Serengeti (2)

Tail-end of the wildebeest migration, Serengeti.

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Madagascar - Wonderful from Apri-Oct

Good for everything! Until October.

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Botswana - Zebra migration through the Kalahari Desert

Zebra migration through the Kalahari desert.

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Ethiopia - Easter Festival

Easter Festival.

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Zambia - Emerald Season with lovely birdlife and wildlife

Emerald Season.

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Kenya - Masai Mara and coast

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Namibia - Skeleton Coast

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Mozambique - Start of the Fishing Run

Fishing run.

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Seychelles - Scuba Diving May-Oct

Diving through to October.

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Zambia - Shoebill Stork and Black Lechwe, amazing birdlife

Shoebill stork and black lechwe in the Kasanka wetlands, Bangweulu swamps and south Luangwa National Park. Wonderful birdlife in Liuwa Plains.

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Excellent Game Viewing in southern Africa

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South Africa - sardine run June/July

Sardine run through to July.

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Southern and East Africa game-viewing June-October

All of Southern and East Africa game-viewing until end of October – Tanzania, Uganda, Kenya, Congo, Malawi, Zambia, Namibia, Botswana, South Africa, Zimbabwe and Mozambique.

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Tanzania - short wildebeest migration in Serengeti; walking safaris begin

Short wildebeest migration in the western corridor of the Serengeti Zambia; walking safaris begin.

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Madagascar - Humpback whales July-Sept

Humpback whales to end September.

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Kenya - wildebeest migration in the Masai Mara - Jul-Sept

wildebeest migration in the Maasai Mara.

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Mozambique - good for whales

Beautiful time to be on the coast and a good time to see whales.

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Uganda/Rwanda/Congo - Chimpanzee and gorilla trekking Jul-Oct

Chimpanzee and gorilla safaris through to mid-October.

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Southern and East Africa game-viewing June-October (1)

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South Africa - whale watching Jul-Nov

Southern right whale, whales (July-Nov).

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Madagascar - Turtles and whales Jul/Aug

Turtles.

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Kenya - wildebeest migration in the Masai Mara - Jul-Sept (1)

wildebeest migration in the Maasai Mara.

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Tanzania - fantastic game viewing in Serengeti

Excellent wildlife in the Serengeti, Tanzania.

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Southern and East Africa game-viewing June-October (2)

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Botswana - Zebra migration through the Kalahari Desert/Game Viewing and Nesting Period for Birds

Zebra migration in the Kalahari Desert. Black Maned Lions in the Kalahari Desert. Game Viewing and Nesting Period for Birds

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South Africa - wild flower season Sep/Oct, whales and wildlife

Wild flowers (Sept-Oct) and great wildlife.

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Uganda, Rwanda and Congo - Gorilla Trekking through to Oct

Chimpanzee and gorilla safaris, through October.

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Tanzania - Elephant migration and excellent wildlife

Elephant migration in Tarangire.

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Excellent Game Viewing in southern Africa (1)

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Tanzania - Elephant migration and excellent wildlife (1)

Elephant migration in Tarangire.

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Seychelles - Hawksbill Turtles Oct-Dec

Hawksbill turtles (Oct-Dec).

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Uganda - Murchison Falls and Fishing

Fishing at Murchison Falls for Nile perch.

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Tanzania - Mafia Island - swim with whale sharks Oct-March

Mafia Island: swim with whale sharks (Oct-March).

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Southern and East Africa game-viewing June-October (3)

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Malawi - Fantastic Birding and Orchids

Orchids and birding.

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Zambia - Excellent Birds and Bats

Birding and bats.

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Mozambique - Nesting season for Green turtles

Green turtles laying eggs.

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Botswana - Excellent Game Viewing and Bird Watching

Excellent game-viewing and migrant bird species return.

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Tanzania - Mafia Island - swim with whale sharks Oct-March (1)

Mafia Island: whale sharks.

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Namibia - Breeding colonies of seals

Breeding colonies of seals.

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East Africa game viewing - Tanzania, Kenya, Congo and Uganda

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Kenya - Lamu - Swim with dolphins - Nov-Mar

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South Africa - Wonderful climate, New Year, Beaches

New Year, Beaches.

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Madagascar - Fantastic climate, sailing, exploring

Beaches.

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Kenya - Fantastic birdlife and wildlife

Excellent wildlife.

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