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Best Safari Seasons

Information about safari's is listed below under each country

Country by Country

South Africa - As a general rule, the weather is good countrywide, year round, however Autumn and Winter months are the best for safaris. The Summer months (Oct – March) can be very warm, so make sure you bring hats, sun-block, swimwear etc …

Namibia - The weather is almost always good countrywide, year round.

Botswana - Dry season is from May to December and wet season from January to April.
Seasonal changes have quite a big influence on safaris in the Okavango – the flooding of the delta will influence the activities and the overall experience. As a rule July to October are the best months for Moremi and Chobe from May to October.

Kenya - The rainfall pattern is important because of its influence on wildlife and the road conditions. Upon the rains coming, many roads become flooded or muddy and are impassable. The rainy season is divided in two periods: the long rains fall between March and June, whereas the short rains take place between October and November. In general, temperatures are higher during the months corresponding to the boreal winter, i.e., January, February and March

Mozambique - Rainy season - November to April. Rainfall does not usually occur every day, and generally takes place in the afternoon with mornings being fairly clear.
Summer - October to March with a high of 34° C and a low of 29° C
Winter - June to October with a high of 22° C and a low of 19° C
There is no "best time" to visit Mozambique as the different seasons all offer completely different experiences! However, you may like to consider the following when planning your trip, and it is advisable to avoid the height of the rainy season around January and February: Our personal preference would be for either May or early November as these times are neither too hot nor too cool. At these times, rain should not be a problem and the heat is not excessive. The coast is always beautiful!

Tanzania - The famous annual migration of wildebeest and zebra heads northwards from the southern Serengeti from November to May before crossing into the Masa Mara of Kenya.
The northern parks of Tarangire, Ngrongoro Crater and Serengeti are best visited during the dry months between June and October. The southern parks of Ruaha, Selous and Katavi are best explored between July and March.

Uganda - It has a warm climate all year around and because it lies on the Equator, seasonal temperature variations are insignificant. The main factor you should consider when planning a trip to Uganda is the rainfall pattern, especially if you should consider when planning a trip to Uganda is the rainfall pattern, especially if you plan on hiking in Ruwenzori Mountains. The wettest months are April, May, October and November. During these months camping isn’t very practical (you’ll be packing up your tent in the rain as often as not), hiking can be an endurance test and some unsurfaced roads may be impassable.

Tanzania - The famous annual migration of wildebeest and zebra heads northwards from the southern Serengeti from November to May before crossing into the Masa Mara of Kenya.
The northern parks of Tarangire, Ngrongoro Crater and Serengeti are best visited during the dry months between June and October. The southern parks of Ruaha, Selous and Katavi are best explored between July and March.

Zambia - Game viewing is best during the dry season from May through to October.
The wet season is best for bird watching but access particularly into the Luangwa is very limited.

Zimbabwe - The best game-viewing season is generally from late May until November. September sees the start of the inbound bird migrations.

TIPS & HINTS

Safety in the Wild - Obviously, there is a certain degree of danger when you are in the bush with wild animals. However, you will always be accompanied by an experienced guide. Accidents are infrequent and the camps have excellent safety records. Provided you use common sense you should be perfectly safe.

As your safari will bring you into relatively close proximity with wild animals, you will no doubt want to be sure that you are protected by insurance, should something unforeseen happens.

What should I pack?
Before travelling on a safari the most important thing to remember is the weight restrictions on the light aircraft that take you from camp to camp. Due to the small size of aircraft baggage is not permitted to be more than 20 kg’s in weight as well as in soft sided baggage. Failure to comply with this restriction may result in you having to repack your bags. Please do keep in mind all safari camps have excellent laundry facilities, which is generally included in the cost of your safari.

What do I need to wear?
Smart casual safari wear is the order of the day, and we would recommend comfortable and practicable walking shoes. For morning and afternoon excursions we recommend light windproof jackets as during the winter months (May - August), it can get rather cool in the evenings/early mornings. For evening dinners, jacket and ties are not required, and depending on the season a light pullover or cardigan is customary during this time. It is not imperative to wear bush colours (greens / khaki / brown), so do not feel pressured into shopping for an entirely new wardrobe ….

Can you cater for special meal requirements such as vegetarian?
Yes.  As long as we are notified at the time of booking, of any special dietary requirements, the lodge will do their best to fulfil.

Will I need to tip the staff?
Gratuities are at the guests' discretion. Generally any currency is accepted. Guidelines are available from camp management.

Travel Safety

Southern Africa is in general a safe destination for international travellers. However, it is wise to take certain standard security precautions while travelling. These precautions should be applied while travelling anywhere in the world. Following basic advice can avoid most potential problems.

Most safaris take place in remote wildlife areas and game reserves, away from villages, towns and cities. This means that you will most probably not find other people around, except those who look after your every need while on safari! The transfers (by road, air or water) between airports, hotels and lodges are operated by reputable companies or by the properties themselves. This means that you will not be unattended at any time during your safari.

A few tips to consider are the following: make photocopies of your passport, airline tickets, driver’s license and other important documentation. Also keep a record of the numbers of your traveller’s cheques. These should be kept in a safe place. Rather leave expensive jewellery at home.

When in towns and cities, do not carry large amounts of cash in your pocket. Keep enough for the expenses of the day and place the rest in a safety deposit box at the hotel/lodge or money pouch under your shirt. Also be discreet with an expensive camera or jewellery. Take note of onlookers and keep your possessions in sight at all times to avoid opportunistic theft. Make use of safety deposit boxes for expensive items. Never leave baggage or personal items unattended, especially at airports.