The crisp, fresh air, the breathtaking panoramas,and the thrill of seeing a wild animal up close – let’s face it, African safaris have all the right ingredients to deliver a holiday adventure you will never forget. Even so, nature can be unpredictable, so it helps if you know when it is the best time to book your trip for.
The Best Time to Go on a Wildlife Safaris Is…
If possible, try to book your trip between May and October. Yes, these are the winter months in South Africa, but before you discard the idea, hear us out. Most of South Africa – including the areas with the biggest and best wildlife parks – receive summer rains, while the winters are relatively mellow, sunny, and dry. Below are some more reasons why you should consider booking your safari during the wintertime:
You Have a Better Chance of Seeing Wildlife
This is due to the fact that it is the dry season. Firstly, the vegetation is much less leafy, meaning you can see more clearly and less landscape is obstructed by shrubbery. Secondly, because of the shortage of free-flowing water, more animals congregate around the established watering holes, meaning it’s easier to find a number of different species of wildlife in one spot.
Dry Weather Means More Adventures
Less rain makes it easier to drive around on the dirt roads in the bush, the visibility is better, and it is simply more pleasant being outside when it is not pouring down. But, safaris are not only about game drives. Many South African safaris combine the exploration with a host of other activities – and the sunny weather is perfect for this. Like golfing? Many luxury resorts offer excellent courses. Hiking? South Africa has some incredible footpaths. Dining under the African sky? Come on, what can be more romantic than that?
Less Pesky Flying Insects
We love summer, but we’re simply not a fan of perpetually swiping little flying buzzkills that irritate us when we’re supposed to be relaxing and taking in the tranquil surroundings. The cold of winter and the lack of moisture everywhere helps a lot to lessen the effect of these persistent creatures, which makes for an overall better experience.
You’ll Avoid the Heat
Hand in hand with the point above – the heat can seriously get to you. South African summers are hot and muggy, and the sun scorches. So, if you’re not a fan of extreme heat, avoid the height of summer at all costs. In comparison, the winters are relatively mild. Yes, the nights and early mornings can be very chilly, but this is nothing that a cosy jacket and friendly campfire can’t handle.
Fewer Crowds to Deal With
Winter is typically the low season in South Africa. So, if you want to avoid fighting for that prime seat on the game drive, and benefit from off-peak prices and special deals, this is the best time to book safaris.
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