Are you planning the East African safari of a lifetime but not quite sure when to go?
Or first things first… do you need some inspiration as to why this really is the trip of a lifetime and one that every adventurous traveller, wildlife fanatic or lover of Africa needs to do – then watch the clip below for a sneak peek of the wonders that await!
Kenya is without a doubt the absolute ultimate in classic “Out of Africa” safaris. In amongst whistling thorns, white thorns, fever trees and wild olives the great plains of the Masai Mara and many other well-renowned parks are home to many of Africa’s most majestic animals. The red grass savannahs, brightly coloured Maasai villages, interminable vistas and distinct horizons combine to ensure the most quintessential African panorama.
Bordering Kenya, Tanzania offers a wide diversity of wildlife, culture immersion and a land of continual contrasts. East Africa’s biggest country by a long way, home to the famous Serengeti, Ngorongoro Crater, Africa’s highest mountain and Africa’s largest lake it really does have it all.
East Africa offers a diversity of wildlife like no other, culture immersion and a land of continual contrasts. Home to the famous Serengeti, Masai Mara Ngorongoro Crater, Africa’s highest mountain and Africa’s largest lake it really is a must for the safari-lovers bucket list!
Here’s what to expect in the different seasons so that you can plan when is best to go.
June to October is the winter/dry season. This is when the bush is less dense and animals are much easier to spot as they generally congregate near waterholes. There isn’t much rain at this time of year, the skies are blue and there are a lot less mosquitoes than in the summer months. It is also the best time to see the incredible wonder that is the great wildebeest migration, although parks are generally busier at this time, as a result.
November to May is East Africa’s wet season. It is also the low season, so the reserves are less crowded and rates are lower. The landscape is lush and green and many newborn animals can be seen. The plains are alive and many migratory birds are visiting. Although rain is heavier during this time it is only between March and May that it can sometimes be cloudy and continuous.