What is the Best Time to Go on Safari?
Seasons, Country and Your Preferences Determine Your Best Time to Go On Safari
Are you flexible to go on your safari trip whenever you want?
Are you tied to a particular vacation time?
Safari Through The Seasons
Grean Season Pros:
- Heavily discounted rates and excellent value – stretch your budget for a longer safari!
- Less crowds
- Abundant food results in more births
- Animals are well fed and watered, healthy and active
- Beautiful green scenery and dramatic clouds make for stunning photography
Green Season Cons:
- Better Chance of Rain
- May be more difficult to find wildlife as they may be less concentrated, and the foliage may serve to hide their location
- Some camps close during certain green season months in areas that experience a great deal of rain
- Possibly adventurous driving conditions if mud is present, safari vehicles are modified to handle these conditions and guides are generally skilled off road drivers
Southern Africa (Botswana & South Africa)
This dichotomy of weather is actually a boon if you’re looking to skip Cape Town and are focused on a South Africa Safari. You might be able to get a great rate on a safari lodge at Kruger National Park. You’re really in luck if you’re looking for one of the most elusive members of the big five: leopards. Sabi Sands private game reserve is well known as being arguably the best place to spot leopards in South Africa.
East Africa (Kenya, Tanzania, Rwanda, Uganda)
Kenya and Tanzania
Rwanda and Uganda
Green Season and Birding
Green Season Discounts
Wildlife Behavior During Peak Season
Peak Season Crowds
Finding Your Best Time to Go on Safari
- Unsurprisingly, many safari goers want to see the big five
- Some travelers want to combine gorilla trekking or chimpanzee trekking with a trip to the Serengeti
- Occasionally safari travelers want to go on safari then go on a beach vacation in Mombossa or even scuba diving in Mozambique
- Night drives are a popular request when predators and prey are at their most active
Others are seeking a once in a lifetime multi-generational family safari
- The desire to assist wildlife biologists with research on Cheetah in the Masai Mara
- More adventurous travelers are interested in walking safaris – where much of your safari is done on foot with an experienced guide
- Some of our clients are more interested in cultural activities – like visiting a Bushman tribe in Botswana
- Mokoro (canoe) and riverboat safaris are popular among many of our clients
About The Wild Source
We also are pioneers in disruptive empowerment which provides a path to camp ownership for local partners to be more than just employees. As a result, many of our safari guides are part owners as well and earn significantly more than guides in traditional safari camps.
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