Nature’s cycles and rhythms can vary dramatically depending on when you travel and nowhere is this more apparent than in Africa. Our Destination Experts, who have lived, worked and travelled extensively around Africa, can advise clients as to which destination is best visited in each month, depending on what they are wanting to see and are looking to get out of the trip.
But before that conversation, it is worth taking a broader look and decide whether to travel in the dry or rainy season. While the former is the favourite for families and traditional safaris with big-game viewing, the drama and lush landscapes of the rainy season should not be dismissed. This is just one consideration, but it is a useful place to start…
WHY THE DRY SEASON?
For clients who want that classic Out of Africa experience, the dry season is the obvious choice. As well as a wider range of tented and mobile camps on offer, the more arid conditions mean that water is scarce and the big game becomes much more concentrated and easier to encounter – as head of our Africa team, Claire, once discovered on a lazy afternoon at her lodge in Hwange National Park, Zimbabwe, when a troop of elephants came to enjoy a watering hole, right next to her sun lounger and promptly cooled her off with a few sprays from their trunks.