Conventional wisdom has it that traveling to East Africa is best avoided in the ‘low season’, roughly from March to June, then from October to December. Not so for those really in the know. For guests who don’t mind enduring some wet weather, the rewards are multifold. There’s still plenty of game viewing to enjoy. Plus, the air is crisp, the skies dramatic and the sunsets incredible. What’s more, it’s quieter everywhere, and the prices are cheaper. All in all, the low season is a top time to experience an authentic slice of East Africa. You are unique, so your journey must be bespoke. We promise you the trip of your lifetime. Every time.
The most popular time for a safari in Kenya is from late June to October, drier months that coincide with the wildebeest migration's arrival on the Mara. November and December’s short rains are a favorite for photographers and birders. January into March is warm and drier, a great time for the coast and safari.
Tanzania can be visited year-round, with the best time being during the dry months from June to October. The wildebeest migration is usually at its most dramatic and concentrated in the Serengeti in June and July, with the herds spreading out to calve further south in January and February.
The archipelago’s warm weather makes it a near year-round destination, except during the long rains between March and May. The long dry season, from June to October, is the most popular time to visit.
July to September are the best time to visit the Zanzibar Archipelago — the dry season. However, travel is good at most times of the year, due to frequent sunshine and balmy temperatures of 82°F to 93°F.
The only time when rain would affect your trip is during April and May, the peak of the long rains. The short rains in November and December are less disruptive, with downpours followed by blue skies.
Rwanda generally can be visited year-round, with its location near the equator at high altitude giving it a pleasant climate. The best time to visit Rwanda is during the dry seasons from June to September and December to February. These drier periods see ideal trekking conditions for tracking mountain gorillas and chimpanzees with little to no mud, especially on steep paths.
Sat right on the Equator, Uganda doesn’t have strict seasons. In Bwindi, December to early March and June to September are generally drier making for easier and less muddy Gorilla & Chimpanzee trekking with cool nights and warm days year-round. Game spotting in national parks is also good at this time, as well as between February and March.
Namibia can be visited year-round, with the best time depending on what you want to see. The cooler, drier months, April to October, are great for wildlife viewing. While the wetter and hotter green season, November to March, is best for birdlife and general photography.
The budget-conscious traveler can take advantage of low-season rates and airfares. Take it slow — linger longer. In the “Low Season” there won’t be as many other guests, and the weather conditions are often just as fine as in peak season. The distinction between ‘high’ and ‘low’ seasons may have as much to do with the varying travel demands relating to school holidays as it does to the East African climate.
The high season does have undeniable appeal. The highlight of the wildebeest migration takes place during these months, and the predictable dry weather suits many. But remember that the migration isn’t a single event but an annual cycle – there are plenty of opportunities to see these amazing animals on the move all year round. And the intermittent rain of the low season can be a spectacle in its own right.
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