The time of year/season is one of the top factors to consider when planning your safari trip to Africa. While Africa is known for its stunning year-round climate, primarily consisting of warm sunny days, certain countries, and even regions within those countries, experience different climates and seasonal changes.
Africa’s seasons can be divided into two distinct seasons: wet season and dry season. It is important to know what time of year each country and/or region experiences its dry and wet season as each season will offer safari-goers a vastly different experience.
Dry & wet season in Southern & East Africa
|Southern Africa||East Africa|
|Dry Season||May to October||January to March and June to October|
|Wet Season||Around November to April||Around April to June and November to December|
Dry season in Southern Africa typically takes place between May and October while the wet season takes place from December to March. Dry season is generally considered the best time of year to visit the various safari destinations located in Southern African.
Dry season highlights:
- Prime time for wildlife sightings as game viewing is at its peak (apart from Namibia which is great all year round).
- Optimal visibility due to sparse vegetation.
- The concentration of animals around water sources are at their highest. As the water levels are extremely low during dry season, wildlife will gather around the park’s surrounding water sources, offering visitors incredible and rewarding game viewing opportunities.
- Lovely and mild day-time temperatures and minimal rain.
- The risk of malaria is at its lowest.
- Best time of the year for walking safaris; providing visitors with a unique perspective of the region’s wildlife and surrounding scenery.
- Water levels reach its peak in the Okavango Delta, creating waterways and channels Botswana is famed for. This is the perfect time for mokoro, boating & canoe safaris
- Peak migration period for animals to the Okavango Delta.
Wet season highlights:
- Lush greenery and stunning surrounding scenery due to high rainfall.
- Parks are filled with new-born wildlife.
- Great time for bird watching as migrant birds are present and in breeding.
- Excellent photography opportunities due to scenic surroundings.
- Wet season is also low season in the parks which means the parks are far less crowded and lower rates apply.
- Peak predator season due to increased new-born wildlife.