Autumn heralds breathtaking weather in Southern Africa and the heavy rains in East Africa yet game viewing opportunities on offer are some of the finest as wildlife concentrations are at their highest and landscapes lush green. With less crowding, lower prices and abundant wildlife, this can be the best time to go on safari.
Southern Africa is a subtropical region, moderated by oceans on three sides with warm temperatures that attract visitors at all times of year. Autumn offers in some ways the best weather. Very little rain falls now, its warm but not too hot, getting cooler as the season progresses. Wildlife are nursing their young and vegetation is at its healthiest.
|South Africa||Days are still warm whilst the nights cool down it is the perfect time to be on safari in the Greater Kruger region, private reserve Sabi Sand or the Eastern Cape and Madikwe Game Reserve if you prefer malaria free.|
|Botswana||Is looking its best with landscapes rich green and wildlife healthy and more active as temperatures are no longer scorching. A Botswana safari at this time of year will see great value, rewarding wildlife experiences and stunning landscape and birding photography.|
|Zambia / Zimbabwe||Whilst some camps and lodges remain closed until mid April, Autumn in Zambia and Zimbabwe is a photographer's delight with greener landscapes, healthy wildlife and active young learning life in the bush with of course predators lurking. The best safari finale is Victoria Falls which is now at full waters and most spectacular from the air if you dare!|
|Malawi||Lake Malawi region is looking breathtakingly beautiful. Rains have ceased, landscapes greened, days cooled and sky cleared. We highly recommend Lake Malawi and somewhere like Kaya Mawa as a 'beach' style finale to your safari. Direct flights from Mfuwe in Zambia mean it's a great bush and beach combination (Zambia and Malawi).|
|Namibia||Marking the end of the wet summer season, the months of April and May are the harbingers of the cool and dry Autumn months in Namibia and a great time to visit as landscapes remain lush and airs are calm. It's less crowded in April and May/June sees the peak season and increased numbers.|
|Madagascar||Madagascar is best in April/May and October/November. Rainy season is over (Jan - Mar), the landscapes are lush and wildlife in abundance. Weather is comfortable, not too hot and not too cold unless you venture into the central highlands where it can get cold and windy.|
The long rains are from early April through early June, but don't be put off: safaris are still good in the Serengeti, Lake Manyara and the Masai Mara. It is also less expensive and less crowded for travellers during this season, which makes it one of the best times to go.
|Tanzania||The rains trigger the great wildebeest migration into the plains of the South Serengeti and the Ngorongoro Crater continues to provide some of the very best wildlife viewing in Africa and will boast lush green landscapes and importantly, fewer visitors!|
|Kenya||Kenya is a year-round holiday destination with excellent game viewing in various wilderness regions throughout the country. Amboseli National Park with its clear majestic views of Mt Kilimanjaro is best in the dry season which extends January through to April and again from June. Whilst the Masai Mara is always a highlight due to its resident herds and year round camps. Don't miss the northern expanse of this wild country with Laikipia, Shabu and Samburu remote highlights for those more adventurous.|
|Congo||The best time to visit Congo is during the dry spell, traditionally June to August but more like May onwards. The weather is cool and dry and wildlife is looking healthy and abundant.|
|Uganda Rwanda||Rwanda and Uganda can be visited any time of the year. These months (April - June) are known for being the rainy season yet it's not constant all day rain and does not impede the ability to trek for gorillas, chimps and visit national memorials and other wilderness areas.|