Safari Planning

Large African elephant overlooking the wide Zambezi River near Ruckomechi Camp, elephant approaching watering hole, Zambia safari camp, Africa

Find the Best Time to Travel

Many factors play into deciding the best time to travel on safari. The key factors are usually:

  1. Weather
  2. General Wildlife Viewing
  3. Unique Migrations has some unique tools to determine when is the best time for you.

Most wildlife areas have distinct seasons, typically a green summer with rains and a dry, temperate winter. Both seasons have their advantages, with the green season being excellent for photography, birds, and seeing newborn animals, while the dry winter tends to have great visibility and limited water resources forcing wildlife to congregate in smaller areas. Click here to view the Best Time Travel by country, region and month, including rainfall, temperatures and summaries of the weather.

Wildlife patterns and behaviors can change with the habitat through the seasons, and a very general sighting chart can also be found by clicking here.

The famed Great Migration in Kenya and Tanzania can be another deciding factor. While resident wildlife remain throughout the Serengeti and Maasai Mara year-round, nearly two million wildebeest, zebra and gazelle make an annual circle around this great ecosystem. Click here to view the Migration Map, which gives a clear understanding the movements of the herds and shows what camps are closest to the migration throughout the year.

Click here to start planning your safari!

Image © Dana Allen from Ruckomechi Camp