A trip to southern Africa is a true adventure, astonishing landscapes, incredible wildlife and ancient cultures, but when is the best time to go?
Southern Africa is nothing short of mind-blowing. South Africa, Namibia, Botswana and Zimbabwe all boasts some of the most memorable experience and sights on the planet and the seasonality provides all the drama from the spectacular coast to the wildlife on the savanna to the thundering waterfalls.
No matter when you go, the weather will play a major role in your experience. Such a huge region means very diverse weather patterns, but can be largely categorized into three main seasons: hot and wet summer dry and cool winter, and the short periods in between for those seeking a safari.
The winter months are usually the most ideal time to visit. From April to August, the weather is dry and cool with bright sunny days, and animals are at their most concentrated, easily visible as they congregate at waterholes.
It is also high season, so the game parks are at the most popular temperatures in Kruger National Park average. In the mid 20s during the day, but remember it’s winter and will be cool at night Atocha National Park in namibia is comfortable and warm with average temperatures range in between 25 and 30 degrees.
The Okavango Delta in Botswana receives almost no rain. During this time, and days are around 25 degrees, Victoria Falls is thundering with plenty of water still flowing from the rainy season and enjoys warm temperatures averaging in the mid to late-20s.
Meanwhile, down on the South African coastline, Cape Town experienced as its wet season during winter and with its coolest temperatures averaging around 17 degrees, it might be on the chilly side, but it is the best time for whale watching summer.
In southern Africa means the wet season. After a long winter period, with almost no rain, the landscape from the world life welcome the water and the temperatures and humidity also escalate. This season is a bird watchers paradise, but for Safari seekers the rains can wash out many of the roads in the national parks.
Cape town is at its best with hot dry weather averaging in the high 20s, and a journey along the garden route is beautiful at this time of year. The national parks around Southern Africa all experience, hot wet and humid temperatures well into the 30s and with plenty of rainfall in March and April, most of the rain has stopped falling, and this shoulder period can be a fantastic time to visit.
The landscape is lush with vegetation, there is good wildlife, viewing and fewer crowds. Victoria Falls is at its very best, and it is at this time that you’ll, see the full extent of this natural wonder likewise.
September and October can also be a great off peak time to visit. The temperatures will really start to climb without rain, to cool them down, and animals will be plainly visible in their search for water.
Southern Africa. In short, we’ll. Leave you with memories to last a lifetime. When will you go?