From Mount Kilimanjaro to the roaring Victoria Falls - Africa holidays are an emotive experience that few places on Earth can rival. Watch elephants silhouetted against giant red sand dunes in Namibia. Witness herds of wildebeest take part in the Great Annual Migration from Tanzania to Kenya. Float above the Masai Mara on a balloon safari, or view the wildlife in South Africa at Kruger National Park. Discover one of the world’s greatest road trips along the Garden Route or go white-water rafting on the Zambezi River from either Zambia or Zimbabwe. Africa will seep into your soul, get under your skin; leave you happy and hungry for more.
Rwanda’s long dry season lasts from June to September, with a shorter dry spell from December to February. The dry months are best for gorilla and monkey tracking, and game viewing too, as thirst draws the wildlife to watering holes.
We love visiting Rwanda in the dry season from June to September. This is the best time to see gorillas in their natural habitat and experience this lush, green country without giving your waterproofs a workout.
Rwanda experiences two annual rainy seasons, the first from mid March to the start of June, and the second from mid September to December. You’ll need your waterproofs, but the rainy season is the best time to see chimpanzees.
Zambia’s tropical climate is warmest and driest from May to October. Victoria Falls is between peak and low flow and game is easier to spot with lower vegetation and animals gathering around the Zambezi River. September and October are the hottest months.
We love visiting Zambia from June to September, when the weather is fine and the spray produced by the spectacular Victoria Falls settles down, improving visibility so you can view them in all their thundering glory.
The rainy season falls between November and April. At this time of year many safari camps will close as roads can become impassable. If you are prepared for some rain though, November is a good value month to visit Zambia.
Zanzibar has two main dry periods: January to February and June to October. January and February are hotter and a perfect retreat from the UK winter, while June to October offer slightly cooler temperatures.
Zanzibar’s warm tropical climate and cooling sea breeze barely change all year round. We love to visit in January to February, when the island is at its warmest, and June to October, when temperatures are pleasant and rain rarely falls.
Zanzibar has two rainy seasons: mid March to late May and November to December. If you do decide to visit at one of these times, November and December is a better option, with short, sharp showers swiftly followed by sunshine.