Best time to go on safari in East Africa – All safari goers love a safari in East Africa but to avoid the wet seasons and rain-swept beaches and where’d everything go savannah, you will need to be in a right place at the right time of the year. Out of experience, there is no best time to go on safari in East Africa, but we have two seasons, the rainy and dry season, each being ideal with advantages and each destination has its best moments, from Gorilla trekking in Uganda and Rwanda that can be watched all year round to Masai Mara and Serengeti National park where the seasonally-driven thunder of hooves the great wildebeest migration takes place. The two events are the highlights of your safari holiday in East Africa.
If you have flexible dates and have already decided when you are going on safari, you can plan your safari better by understanding East Africa seasonal changes. In this blog post, we are give you split up periods of the year to coincide with the main phases of wildebeest migration and the wet season in East Africa.
What to expect; warm temperatures and little rains, game viewing in the Serengeti, diving in Zanzibar and gorilla trekking either in Uganda or Rwanda are excellent choice at this time of the year. If you want to see predators in action, the February calving season provides plenty of drama.
Weather; this is the dry season in East Africa. Temperature is warm and pleasant with an average high of 28 degrees. The rains from early November to late march are usually scattered with little down pour up to late march.
What to expect; of course it is raining but you should not be put off by the rains as safaris are still good in Serengeti, Ngorongoro conservation area, Masai Mara, Bwindi impenetrable National park and Volcanoes National park. Most destinations are less crowded and also less expensive as this is the low season in the region. Best time for game viewing in the southern and central Serengeti as the wildebeest herds form huge, noisy columns in preparation for the trek. Gorilla trekking is also very possible as the trails are of course wet but this does not stop the trekking activity to take place both in Uganda and Rwanda.
Weather; this is the wet season and the long rains arrive, heavy showers can be expected for some hours but normally for 2-3 hours and then you can continue with your safari schedule.
At a glance; expect mild temperatures and classic – dry season, game viewing makes this period, the best time to go on safari in East Africa, but you need to book your safari holiday well in advance. Especially if it is the wildebeest migration and mountain gorillas you want to see. The visitor’s numbers peak in July and August making mountain gorilla permits to be on a high demand and most times sold off, so in advance booking is vital. This period of the year, you can do any safari in East Africa basing on your interests and the time you would like to stay in East Africa plus the budget.
Weather; October to December, little rains in East Africa but the months are mostly dry and sunny forcing the animals to gather at permanent water holes. July to September offers the most pleasant weather in East Africa, mostly along the coast.
East Africa is the great destination for safari all year round, no matter how you spin it. If you are looking for an unrivaled vacation and holiday, a safari through East Africa with Great Adventure safaris has everything you would desire to have a life time experience. Contact our safari experts to start planning your trip and experience the wonders of East Africa your self.