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Seasons for safari travel.

All over the world whenever people get together the subject of the weather is a much discussed topic.

Undoubtedly there can be many serious economic and human survival issues at the heart of many weather conversations, but fortunately the weather also brings about discussions on what is the best time to go on safari in Africa. Such questions posed to tour operator’s organising luxury safaris might be, ‘when is the wildebeest migration in Tanzania?’, ‘How hot is Namibia in November?’, or what is the best time to travel along South Africa’s Garden Route?’

When planning a luxury safari trip the list of criteria may be a long one - amount of vacation time available and when, budget, needs of participants (crucial when travelling on a family safari), expectations of experience and the most comfortable time of year weather wise. Expectations may need to be managed and travellers often need to be flexible.

Of course there are outside influences that cannot be moved such as the annual migration in East Africa which is totally dictated and driven by the need for water. This event is spectacular to witness with the wildlife following the rains from the birthing grounds on the short grass plains of the Southern Serengeti during the months of January to March, moving up the western corridor crossing the Mara River from Northern Tanzania into Kenya by August. After enjoying the lushness of the Masai Mara they begin their southward journey once more sometime during the month of September to start the cycle all over again spending each year travelling in a clockwise direction.

For many visitors to Africa, to bear witness to this event will be a dream come true and the main focus of their trip, therefore it is essential to use the skills of a good African safari tour operator to match their criteria and “wants” to the right month of travel to ensure success and fulfilment.

The Okavango Delta in Botswana, one of the world’s largest inland water systems, originates in Angola with the floodwaters crossing into Botswana and Namibia in December reaching the end of the delta in July. With the water comes the returning wildlife making the best game viewing months May to October, however, the most productive time for birdwatchers is during the rainy season November to April.

The Big Five – lion, leopard, elephant, rhino and buffalo – are often stated as desired game viewing and available to the wildlife viewer in many different locations throughout Africa. Therefore with more choice of where and when, higher on the list may be other considerations such as comfort of luxury safari lodge, ease of travel (again of higher importance when travelling on a family safari) and the availability of additional activities such as guided walking safaris, walking with camels or horseback safaris.

As a sole destination or as an addition to a luxury safari vacation South Africa with its vibrant, stylish city of Cape Town and sumptuously luxurious hotels of the Winelands region is a year round destination although perhaps more comfortable for travellers in the spring/early summer months of August to October.

There is a season and activity to suit every traveller and given the right guidance a trip of satisfaction, enjoyment and memories is available to all.

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