When is the Dry Season on African Safari?

The Southern tip of South Africa has winter rains from April to September and a dry hot period in January/February. But this Cape region is not well known for wildlife safaris!

Traditionally the dry months are usually best for game viewing so that is June to October in almost all of the main destinations through East Africa down to Southern Africa.

The climate in Zimbabwe and Botswana is probably the most temperate and stable. We discuss this again elsewhere when we answer questions about that clothes to take, but look out for chilly mornings when doing early game drives in the winter (dry season). It can get down to a freezing 0 C at dawn.

Bear in mind it’s possible to go for days without rain in the wet season and it’s not uncommon to get wet days in the dry season.