Cape Town gets WINTER RAIN, while the rest of Southern Africa gets SUMMER RAIN, so when it’s best to be in Cape Town, it’s not the best time to go to Kruger for a safari, as many roads close during the rains. The whole South Coast of South Africa, mainly from Cape Town to Port Elizabeth and slightly further up the coast towards Durban, can literally get 4 seasons in one day! So in brief, best time for a wildlife safari anywhere in Southern Africa is June – October, June cooler, October can be very hot, where no rains are falling (except CAPE TOWN, and along the South Coast).
In Southern Africa you get one rainy season, starting generally towards the end of November and ending during March. The rest of the year is generally dry.
East Africa gets two rains, the long rains and the short rains. These are all very regional and is what creates migrations. So in East Africa you can travel year round easily, avoiding some areas. For example you would not want to book your Gorilla trekking experience during the heavy expected rains, if this was a DREAM part of your trip! Planning for weather and climate (AND CLIMATE CHANGE) is important.
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