Advantages of a Winter SafariOn August 1, 2021 by Eli Johnson
Winter in African countries usually begins in May and ends in September or October, and it just might be one of the best seasons for wildlife viewing. Tourists in the northern Hemisphere should take advantage of summer vacation months and book a safari. There are several benefits to vacationing in Africa at this time.
Though weather varies depending on the country and region, winter months tend to be cool and dry. Tourists can, for the most part, plan on leaving the uncomfortably hot temperatures of summer behind. Colder nights do prompt a bit more preparation, but can be comfortable with the right gear. Guests might be given blankets and hot water bottles for comfort on chillier winter game drives. As with any safari, it is best to plan for a range of weather conditions and pack accordingly. Winter’s lower temperatures actually make it easier to stay out in the sun for longer periods of time, maximizing viewing periods on the safari.
Affordable Prices & Less Crowds
Winter is usually a slower season for tourism, so tourists can usually find special deals and rates. There is a potential for flight specials, as well. Additionally, safari lodges and camping sites are not necessarily crowded even during peak season, so guests will find even less crowds during the winter months. Guests might even snag a private vehicle. Those looking for an affordable, and more exclusive, safari experience should book between May and October for the best deals.
Ample Viewing Opportunities
The sparse vegetation of winter offers a better viewing of amazing mammal migration, especially in the Maasai Mara Kenya. The dry winter months drive animals across the plains and Mara river in search of fresh grass and water. Also, animals are usually active for longer periods of time during the winter. Winter provides a reprieve from the harsh sun and animals will spend more time out and about.
Lower Malaria Risk
June through August are typically considered months with low malaria transmission. The dry chill of winter makes it difficult for mosquitoes to breed, so the risk of malaria is lower. Mosquitoes are less active during the colder winter season
Going on a safari between May and October provides more comfortable conditions as well as better chances of viewing animals. This time of year is great for families and beginners to experience a safari without some of the other seasons’ more extreme conditions. Book a winter safari and enjoy incredible wildlife!