The Best Times to Go on Safari in Southern and East Africa
Generally, it is always a good time to go on safari! However, every safari destination has it’s own seasonality, which is often related to weather patterns, so if you are particularly adverse to rain or cold weather, or there is something in particular that you want to experience, like the Great Migration in Kenya or Tanzania, it is worth investing a few minutes to read through this guide, so that you don’t turn up on safari to find out that you have arrived at totally the wrong time!
Generally the drier winter months (May - September) are considered to be better for game viewing, and this also coincides with low-season rates and special offers at many lodges.
Unfortunately Cape Town is better in the summer months (December - March) as it has a climate that has a lot of rain over the winter, so depending on your plans you may have to choose between a cheaper safari or having reliably good weather in Cape Town.
Typically split between the dry months and the rainy months, with the wildebeest migration in July/August being the busiest (and most expensive) time to visit.
The Etosha National Park is at its busiest during December and January (although this is the rainy season). Game viewing is more predicible in the dry season when animals are more reliant on waterholes.