Game viewing in East and South Africa

edited October 2008 in - East Africa
When is the best time of year to see animals on safari in Sth and Eastern Africa?


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    Game viewing does tend to follow a pattern: the grass can be long in some areas after the rains; therefore, game viewing at these times can be difficult. In some areas, the wildlife will disperse during the rains due to the ample water supply, as they are not dependent on water holes. Therefore, Winter is the best time for game spotting.

    In Southern Africa (South Africa, Botswana, Namibia, Zambia, Zimbabwe, Mozambique, Malawi): Winter is the dry season (May-August) in the lowveld. Little rainfall means that animals converge around waterholes and the low brush is ideal for wildlife viewing. Summer months can be productive – especially for keen bird watchers, as the migratory species breed during this period, and the Okavango Delta, for example, becomes a paradise.

    East Africa (Kenya, Tanzania, Uganda): There are two rainy seasons in East Africa, the first, known as the long rains is from April to June and the shorter season from late November through to December. Many properties in the game viewing areas do close during April and May, mainly due to bad road conditions. This means that the months that don't coincide with the rains are the best time for game viewing.
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    The best time to Visit Tanzania is from July to October , this is the Cat season as the great migration is in Kenya
    then from December to February the migration comes back to Serengeti , February is also the Caving Season , this is the time when the plains game give birth is short grass plains ( you see a lot of action) with the predators and prey
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    All the best
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