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Africa Calendar: Expert Tips on When to Travel

When to Travel Africa


Africa Travel Calendar

Every year our Africa experts here at Bench Africa put together an Africa Calendar to help you to decide where you should go in Africa, and when! It is important to remember that you can visit most African countries all year round, so treat this calendar as a guideline rather than a rule.

Africa Safari Calendar January
January - South Africa
Big Five Safari

Travel to South Africa and discover a hidden gem that lies between the Drakensberg Mountains and the Kruger National Park, on the banks of the Makutsi River - the Makutsi Safari Springs. It is raw African bush for those who enjoy the peace and serenity of nature. The food is a healthy variety of venison specialties, home grown vegetables and home bred beef.

This is one of the best times to travel to South Africa with your family and Makutsi Safari Springs is a fantastically affordable option.

Africa Safari Calendar February

February - Namibia
Namibia Self Drive

It's about the journey AND the destination! Namibia boasts an excellent road infrastructure and some of Africa's most diverse landscapes. Visit some of Namibia’s most popular sites including Sossusvlei, Damaraland and Etosha National Park.

Africa Travel March Safari

March - Tanzania
Tanzania Highlights

A journey with lots of contrast, from the game enriched plains of the famous Serengeti to the salt pans of Lake Manyara. A further high point of your journey is the Ngorongoro Crater and Ol’Duvai Gorge, both unique sites and a must for any visitor to Tanzania.

Travel South Africa April

April - South Africa
Grand Tour of South Africa

Marvel at the Blyde River Canyon, spend time with the Big Five in the world famous Kruger National Park, and enjoy cultural and historical experiences in Swaziland and Zululand. Travel through KwaZulu-Natal, visit scenic Knysna on the Garden Route, and finally journey through the Eastern Cape to Cape Town – the ‘Mother City’.

Travelling in Africa April

May - Zimbabwe
Safari of Legends

Experience a road safari from the iconic Victoria Falls to the world famous Hwange National Park. Enjoy adventure activities at Vic Falls, followed by three nights in Hwange National Park, one of the richest and most diverse wildlife sanctuaries in Africa.

May is a great time to travel to the Falls which is at its most majestic at this time of year!

June Travel in Africa

June - South Africa | Zambia | Kenya | Tanzania
Highlights of Africa

An all-encompassing adventure to South Africa, Tanzania and Kenya - stopping at the mighty Victoria Falls along the way.

Combining two of Bench Africa’s most popular tours allows guests to experience the Highlights of Africa. This 28 day tour offers the very best of southern Africa And East Africa. June is the ideal time to experience this trip as the weather is optimal in all 4 countries.

When To Travel Africa

July - South Africa | Zambia | Kenya | Tanzania
Cape to Victoria Falls Overland Safari

This 20 day overland accommodated tour around South Africa, Namibia, Botswana and Zimbabwe includes all the key highlights and adventures your mind could imagine!

This time of year offers up some of the very best wildlife  spotting in these areas!

Kenya Travel August Migration

August - Kenya 
Migration Safari

For sheer weight of number and species of animals, the Masai Mara Game Reserve is arguably one of the world’s best and most rewarding safari experiences.

The phenomena of the annual migration of wildebeest and zebra, together with the crossing of the Mara River, is one of the world’s most remarkable sights. Travelling in August offers you the best opportunity to witness the most majestic show on earth!

September Kilimanjaro Trek

September - Tanzania 
Mount Kilimanjaro

The magnificent vistas of the volcanic slopes of Kilimanjaro present the highest freestanding mountain in the world, but its unique topographical location means that an ascent of its summit can be done by foot, in just 8 days!

We recommend climbing Kili in September as this offers the best climate. The best date to reach the summit would be 24 September which coincides with a full moon.

Highlights East Africa Safari

October - Kenya | Tanzania 
Highlights of East Africa

Visit the spectacular Serengeti National Park with its incredible game viewing opportunities, the world famous Masai Mara and its seasonal annual migration, the breathtaking Ngorongoro Crater and Amboseli National Park standing in the shadow of Africa’s highest mountain.

Gorilla Trekking Rwanda Ideal Time

November - Rwanda
Gorilla Trekking, Rwanda

Seeing these wonderful animals in the wild is arguably one of the most rewarding experiences Africa has to offer. We recommend that you book early as gorilla permits are limited and do book out very quickly.

Safari Botswana December

December - Botswana
Highlights with Ker & Downey

This fly-in safari combines a perfect blend of experiences, from the remoteness and tranquility of the Okavango Delta together with the game rich Moremi Game Reserve. Travelling in the December means that you can benefit from a more affordable Botswana safari - more than $3,000 per person less than travelling in the 'high' season.




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