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Aardvark’s African Safari Calendar Year

January 12th 2016  |  Botswana, Kenya, Madagascar, Malawi, Mauritius, Mozambique, Namibia, Rwanda, Seychelles, South Africa, Tanzania, Uganda, Zambia, Zanzibar and islands, Zimbabwe  |  by  Charlotte Opperman
Aardvark’s African Safari Calendar Year

Year-round there is somewhere in Africa and the Indian Ocean with sunny days and great wildlife. Here are some of our favourite places to visit month by month.

January – safari in Kenya and you’ll have superb wildlife. The Masai Mara is excellent and less visited at this time of year, the whole country offers fascinating culture and fabulous beaches – think about adding gorilla tracking in Rwanda and Uganda for the ultimate East African adventure.

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Mountain gorilla, Bwindi Impenetrable Forest, Uganda

February – perfect time of year to climb Mount Kilimanjaro and don’t miss a few days on Zanzibar afterwards to celebrate your achievement. Head to the Serengeti and you’ll see the wildebeest beginning to calve on the southern plains.

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Anna of Zanzibar, Zanzibar

March – go to the Kruger National Park, an exceptionally beautiful region and home to a treasure trove of wildlife; an essential part of any South African safari. Combine it with the Cape area for a really sophisticated safari experience.

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Tanda Tula Safari Camp, South Africa

April – still no sign of spring, then how about a change of scene in Namibia’s stunning desert? Take a flying safari and you get the highlights of this extraordinary country in just a few days. For a more leisurely approach it’s a great place to try a self-drive safari.

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Himba at Kaokoland, Namibia

May – the start of the dry season in Zimbabwe heralds superb game viewing in some of Africa’s most beautiful wildlife parks. You’ll find a huge range of adventurous activities and as many styles of accommodation. A great time to visit the Victoria Falls with the flow at its peak.

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Linkwasha Camp, Zimbabwe

June – The Zambian safari season gets underway and now’s the time to enjoy a walking or canoe safari. Travelling at the gentle pace of the surrounding wildlife, you’ll get a completely different view of the animals and their daily routines. The South Luangwa is a leopard hotspot and the range of lodges offers every accommodation experience there is in Africa.

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Chinzombo Camp, Zambia

July – A stunning time to visit Botswana with flood waters at their highest in the Okavango Delta. There are plenty of options here including riding, mobile safaris and walking safaris. Botswana combines brilliantly with South Africa and Zambia.

Okavango Delta, Okavango Horse Safaris, Botswana.

Okavango Delta, Okavango Horse Safaris, Botswana.

August – Looking for something different to entertain the children this summer? Why not introduce them to the wildebeest – one of Africa’s most charismatic creatures. Its annual migration is perhaps the most spectacular wildlife event on earth, and in August the herds are heading into the Masai Mara where the sheer density of animals is quite simply astonishing.

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Wildebeest migration, Serengeti, Tanzania image credit Serengeti Under Canvas

September – for something more exotic head to Madagascar where you can visit enchanting lemurs, enjoy breathtaking scenery and relax on beaches that rival the best in the world. Superb whale watching off Ile Ste Marie at this time of year.

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Lemur Madagascar

October – Prolong the summer with a safari in Malawi where you’ll find an unexpected wealth of wildlife, stunning scenery and a rich cultural history. The lake, with its unspoiled islands, beautiful beaches and glorious lodges is a must do for a few nights.

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Kaya Mawa, Malawi

November – A perfect time to explore some of Africa’s wonderful Indian Ocean beach locations. Mauritius offers sophisticated resort hotels, the Seychelles a wonderful collection of island hideaways and the northern and southern Mozambique coasts do barefoot luxury as well as anywhere in the Caribbean and without the jet lag.

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Mauritius Royal Palm

December – for a truly memorable festive season try celebrating Christmas safari-style. Stay in a private safari house, take a camel assisted walking safari, spend time with the meerkats; whatever you choose we promise you won’t miss Rudolph and his sleigh one bit.

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Singita Serengeti Safari House, Tanzania

What Next?

Start your safari holiday planning now. We can ask the right questions, suggest camps, lodges and safari areas, or match you with the right luxury safari for your family. Just give us a call or pop us an email and we will do the rest.