Most destinations have a peak and low season for travel, and most visitors will want to choose the best time to visit, whether it be for better weather or easier wildlife sightings. Safaris are most popular between July and October for many reasons, mainly as they coincide with the summer vacations, but also mornings and evenings will be cooler, with warm afternoons. The remainder of the year is considered low season or shoulder season. Summer in Africa lasts from about November to April (i.e. northern hemisphere winter). Most of Africa receives rain in the spring and summer, which means plenty of water and food for the animals.
Low Season Weather
Although it is considered the "rainy season," the rain is not as constant or as monsoon-like as many people believe. Generally, clouds form during the day and break up in the late afternoon to produce spectacular showers and even thunderstorms with lots of lightning are possible in the evenings. It will be hot and humid, so look for a lodge with air conditioning and a pool, the weather is also ideal for taking outdoor showers.
In Tanzania, East and Southern Africa, the high season is dry and cool which is perfect for conventional game viewing, as animals start to congregate around as there isn’t much water or vegetation to hide in, which makes it easier to see them. If you don’t want to share your wilderness with other safari quests and see elephants sliding around on their bellies in mud holes. Explore the lush green landscape humming with life and get stuck on the way back to camp soaked through at your sundowner, then the low season is perfect.
In Africa, rain is regarded as a blessing, and in the spring and summer, all life takes full advantage of the abundance of food and water. Migratory birds return, reptiles reappear, and the birth of babies is the absolute highlight of the low season – foals, calves, and cubs are all born and start to venture out of their dens to make sense of this lush vegetation and the new world around them. Expect shaky zebras, clumsy giraffes, squeaking jackals, and rambunctious warthogs.
Photographers, this time of year is perfect to capture those sharper colours as the air is clearer thanks to no dust, colourful birds return, and babies are born. As previously stated, the birding is spectacular at this time of year. Take advantage of having the entire place to yourself, trek a little further into the mountains to find the Mahale Chimpanzees. Visit the 'wrong' Serengeti region and be in Ruaha when it's wet and green rather than rugged and brown, you won't regret those luscious views.
If you want to stay at that dreamy camp that's just out of your price range, or if you want to stay a little longer and bring the whole family with you, then the low season is for you. The accommodation accounts for the majority of the cost for any safari, and during the low season, safari camps and lodges offer significant discounts on their rates as well as long-stay deals. A low season means lower rates, fewer visitors, fewer vehicles, and more options. You don't have to book as far ahead of time, and your Africa Safari Expert may be able to find great deals with top lodges and operators. At times, you may be the only guest at a camp or resort.
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