When is the best time to go on safari?
The best time to go on safari depends on where you want to visit and what you want to see, with rainfall patterns having a big impact on wildlife sightings. Most people recommend going on safari during the dry season when the short vegetation makes it easier to spot wildlife and animals tend to gather around limited water sources. The sunny weather makes it ideal for being out game driving and walking while most roads are dry and easily accessible for vehicles.
However, the crowds are much bigger during the dry season (particularly during the Northern Hemisphere’s summer holiday period) and you’ll likely pay more for accommodation. If you’re willing to brave the daily showers of the wet season, you’ll benefit from reduced rates, fewer people and lush landscapes as far as the eye can see. Migrating birds flock to refuel in the wetlands while many species use this period of abundance to give birth to their young. It’s important to keep in mind that some lodges and camps close down during the wet season, particularly if muddy roads make access difficult.
Each destination experiences distinct rainfall and weather patterns, so don’t hesitate to get in touch with our safari experts to check on the best time to visit your preferred safari region.