This must be the most asked question when it comes to Africa and in truth there is no correct answer as it really depends on what you most want to see and do in Africa. Every country will have a surprise in store whenever you decide to travel, and the continent is a great mix of wildlife, culture and adrenaline.
If you are looking to to view the annual migration in the Mara the best time to go would be July to October, and for Africa’s second largest migration on the Makgadikgadi Pans try after the rains in February through March. During this period you might well spot thousands of zebra thundering across Botswana’s plains, the once arid expanse totally transformed with shallow streams, green foilage and pools of water.
Don’t dismiss Kenya’s best loved game reserve outside of its yearly spectacle as there is live animal action year round. Over 480 species have been recorded here and from October through April the Masai Mara is a birders paradise – the skies filled with colour and a wealth of migratory birds adding even more to the safari.
Explorer David Livingstone nicknamed Lake Malawi “The Lake of Stars” in reference to the distant lanterns of fishing boats that resemble their celestial counterparts. The best time to visit is from April to November, but for party goers we would suggest September as the Lake of Stars festival is returning in 2014 after a two year hiatus. A freshwater fish paradise you can also expect a dive expedition of the finding nemo kind in both August and September as the wind levels are low and the waters relatively calmer making this an excellent time to flipper up.
Between August and & October Hwange in Zimbabwe will put on one of the best wildlife shows in Africa. Still not on the list of mainstream safari destinations you can also expect less 4X4s in the national park, making it ideal for those unexpected encounters. Time your trip to coincide with some amazing white water rafting on the Zambezi as from August through December the water is low and the rapids are fast!
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