African safari in August – The heart of the dry season – Suitable for Gorilla trekking and Wildlife Safaris in Africa
African safari in August – August is the heart of the dry season and the most suitable month for the best African safari. Visitors will find that traveling anywhere in ‘Safari Africa’ is outstanding in August.
This is the middle of the peak season in many key destinations, but there are compelling motives behind more people choosing to go on an African safari in August. Dramatic changes of scene and life and death theatre being played out in front of you mean all of Africa’s stage.
- Uganda and Rwanda
While August sees a slight increase in the frequency of rain, it should still be considered one of the very best times of year to visit Uganda and Rwanda. The very low levels of rainfall make for superb Mountain Gorilla Tracking conditions. Despite this, the variable weather patterns around Bwindi Impenetrable Forest, Mgahinga Gorilla, and Volcanoes National Parks make it hard to predict whether or not rain will fall. August is a peak month for Uganda and Rwanda and booking early is essential, particularly with permit availability in mind.
August sees Kenya’s biggest wildlife highlight in full swing with the annual wildebeest and zebra migration working its way through the Masai Mara. Of particular focus are the river crossings, where the herds make the regular swims across croc-filled waters.
- Okavango Delta
As the annual Okavango inundation spikes, water spills out of the channels and across the floodplains. Reduced areas of dry land concentrate game and dispersed wildlife are drawn back by the easy availability of water. During a safari in August, explore waterways by taking an excursion for a new perspective on this incredible patchwork quilt of habitats.
- South Africa
Not your usual safari destination but driving through South Africa’s Fynbos is remarkable. It is awash, painted with brightly colored flowers. Fluorescent oranges, pinks, purples, yellows, and white stretch as far as the eye can see – it’s a vivid display of color and signifies the arrival of spring in the area.
There are over 4,000 species of flowers in the area – no wonder it’s been inscribed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. And if you get to the Hopfield Fynbos Show, make sure you try ‘water blommetjiebredie’ which is a dish usually consisting of meat and the water Kommetjie flowers found in the marshy areas in the Western Cape.