Africa safaris are available in two major regions, the southern region,
including Botswana, Namibia, South Africa and Zambia, and the eastern region,
including Kenya, Rwanda, Tanzania and Uganda.
In the southern region, winters (May through August) are typically dry and
sunny. Temperatures during the day range from cool in the southern part of
the region to warm in the northern part of the region. Temperatures at night
can get quite cold, especially along the coast. While most of the region
experiences the dry season during the winter months, Cape Town and the
surrounding areas in South Africa are wet during this time. Summers in the
southern region (October through March) are hot and sunny. Botswana and
Zambia experience a rainy season from November through March. Namibia's
rainy season is a bit shorter, from February through March. Coastal areas
are generally dry during the summer.
The climate in the eastern region is temperate to tropical. Daytime
temperatures are generally warm to hot year-round, and nighttime temperatures
are cool. The "long rainy season" lasts from April through May,
and the "short rainy season" lasts from October through December.
While safaris are available year-round, the best time for game viewing is
during the dry winter season (May through August). This is when vegetation
becomes sparse and thinned out, providing less-obstructed views of the
animals. Also, animal populations are concentrated at rivers, pools and
other water sources. Bird-watching is generally better during the rainy
season, though travel to the best viewing areas can be difficult during
this time if roads become impassable due to the poor conditions.
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