When is the best time to go on Safari?
This is probably the most frequently asked question. My advice is to focus on the reason that you are going on safari i.e. to see wildlife.
Different seasons offer different game viewing opportunities.
It’s important to remember that if you live in the Northern hemisphere you’ll be used to summer being between June – August and hopefully being warm and dry. Whereas those are the winter months in Southern Africa and tend to be pleasantly cooler and dry.
Summers in Southern Africa are Dec – Feb and are warmer (often very hot if you are not used to it) and rainstorms can occur.
The dry season is the most optimal season to see animals. With less standing water around, the water holes attract a wide variety of animals. This makes it easy for you to find and view wildlife. The dry season also means the vegetation has thinned out.
The prime safari areas in South Africa around Kruger National Park are best visited from June through October when the weather is cooler and dry, and moreover the bush isn’t so dense allowing you to see further. Having said that, a good guide will take into account the weather, availability of water and a number of other natural factors to find you great game sightings. So if you would prefer to visit at other times, then ensure you have an experienced guide.
If I were to pick a time of year not to visit (and its only a personal choice) it would be during the Christmas period i.e. late December and early January. That is when the temperatures can often reach 40+ and it is also the South African holiday time, which means the game lodges are very busy and prices are at a premium.
Book an On Track Safari before June 2012 and qualify for our safari discounts.
Written by Will Fox