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Best Time To Visit Africa

Plan your trip during best season to experience the best of this stunning destination

Although the continent is warm and sunny throughout the year, the best time to visit Africa is December from April. During this wet season in Africa, the bird watching experiences are at their best and fresh green landscapes make your holidays memorable. Another highlight of colder months is a visit to the beaches of Mauritius and Seychelles. The dry winter season in Africa lasts from May through October.  To enjoy game viewing, the winter months are the best season to visit Africa. From early morning to night safaris, tourists can watch the wild animals roaming freely in their habitat.

Africa is the continent which mostly experiences either the wet seasons or dry seasons. The climate during the seasons can change as per the altitude, topography, and proximity of the place to the coastline. The park accessibility, wildlife behavior, appeal of hotspots in the beach and temperature are the factors that affect the rainfall or the lack of the same which accompanies the wet and dry seasons of Africa. Find the best time to visit Africa from India so that one can choose to enjoy the vacation.

May to November (21°C - 19°C)

The winter dry season in Africa is from May and November and it is a wonderful time of the year to enjoy game viewing, especially at the end of the season. It is the best time to visit Africa for sightseeing. Thirsty wild animals gather at fading waterholes, landscapes are often bare and vegetation is negligible, all of which makes easier to spot the Big Five animals. It gets bearably cold at night during peak winter months but daytime temperatures are usually mild with lower humidity.

December to April (50°C - 24°C )

The summer wet season falls from December to April. This is a very hot and humid period with slight chances of occasional rainfall. The tours and packages become slightly affordable so the best time to visit Africa for a cost-effective tour can be from December to April. The Southern African region is lush green at this time of year. It is the best time to watch the Serengeti wildebeest migration and enjoy trekking to spot Gorillas in Uganda. These colder months are also ideal for a beach holiday in Cape Town or Mauritius or Seychelles.  

Climate in Africa

Summer Season in Africa

In East Africa the period between June to October and December to February is regarded as best time for safari. As water is less during this time, the water holes left are the places where one can find the animals. The temperatures during this season is also bearable making it the best time to visit Africa for holiday.

South Africa experiences the dry season between April and October. It is regarded as the best time to visit Africa for holiday as it is the finest time for the game viewing. Less humidity and cooler temperature makes it best suitable for safari drives. One also need not have to worry about Malaria during the dry season in Africa. It is indeed the best time to visit Africa to enjoy safari without any worries. The nights may be a bit cold during the dry season and so travelers should be prepared for the same.

Monsoon Season in Africa

Eastern Africa has two major rainy seasons. First rainy season occurs from March to May. The second is between mid of October to mid of December. It is very difficult for finding wildlife during the time but it is the time when the place is all green and the land is really beautiful during this time. It is the time when the crowd was much less during the parks.

Southern Africa is the place when the monsoon happens between November and March. It is the time when remote camps may close down and the whole game viewing become very challenging. It is best visit the beaches during the hot months. It is the time when the land is lush green thus making it the best time for one to view the beauty of South Africa. It is the best time to visit Africa for honeymoon.

Winter Season in Africa

There is no winter season in Africa as such.

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      Hi sirs Thanks for arranging our South Africa tour consisting of 12N / 13 Days. Would like to give some fair feedback for your reference and records and corrective actions wherever necessary. The feedback is graded on a scale ranging from 9 to 1, where 9 is the best and 1 you can understand. I will be rating the following for your benefit of better understanding – Hotels for Stay Breakfast in the same hotels Transportation / Logistics Drivers Local numbers for emergency calls for any requirement Starting with Hotel for Stay – Peermont Suites – Comfortable stay but so great, hence would like to give rating of 6 Breakfast in the above hotel was good but not many choices, hence would like to rate it as 7 Kruger Park Lodge – Comfortable stay, we liked it. Hence would like to give rating of 8 Breakfast in the above was just ok and nothing great, hence rating is 5 Sun Soho – very compact room, child bed is a sofa converted into bed, my son is almost 6 ft. hence rating is 6 Breakfast in the above hotel is good, manageable. Would like to rate it as 7 Blackwaters River Lodge – Pls do not recommend this place, its very pathetic. Only plus point is it is close to Knysna. Otherwise there is no reason why this hotel was given to us. We had to travel to go places. Would like to give ratings 4 Breakfast in the above hotel is also very pathetic. We were the only guests in this hotel and the hardly any choices in food. Hence we would like to rate it as below 3 Holiday Inn – Name is big, but the room is very small to accommodate 3 people in the room. It was just ordinary room with a double bed ( just not enough for two people to sleep ) and a single bed. Hence, would like to rate this stay of 5 Breakfast in the above hotel was just fine. Its ok. Hence rating may be like 6. Transportation / Logistics was good all thru. Good vehicles given to us. Would like to rate it as 9 Drivers – Both Haroon Ismail upto drop to Johannesburg after 6 days and thereafter Sipho from pick from George airport till drop us back to Cape Town international airport were very good. They were humble, obedient and very supportive. We like both and would like to rate them as 9. Local contacts for emergency was just fine. However, we enjoyed the full tour without any problems and your arrangements were fine. The Shark Cage dive was cancelled by the tour agent there due to sea roughness as told us. They said they would refund money to you. Pls let me know how you want to refund us the same. Many Thanks once again for arranging the tour for us. Regards / Ramesh
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    The African Safari cost between INR 8800 to INR 25,000. 

     

    On African Safaris one must be careful of mosquitos, there is a higher chance of getting malaria and other diseases spread by mosquitoes.

     

    Yes, one can wear jeans on safari. 

     

    The best time to go on safari in Africa is from May to September

    The countries in Africa which are best for safari are Botswana, Kenya, Mozambique, Namibia, Rwanda, South Africa, Tanzania, Uganda, Zambia, and Zimbabwe.

     

    The language difference is hardly an issue in African countries. One may encounter language barriers in remote places like game reserves. 

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