The best time to travel to Africa

Although Africa is a year round destination the vast continent experiences a wide range of climatic conditions, so whether you are travelling to Kenya and Tanzania in the east, or Namibia and Botswana in the south, it is always wise to take the weather into consideration when booking a trip. The most popular time to visit Eastern Africa is during the famed migratin, something that has to be seen to be believed! This happens twice a year - July to October and December to March.

 

Popular departure dates also coincide with Christmas, New Year, Easter and school holidays. If travelling during Africa's winter (June, July and August) in most regions you'll be blessed with blue skies, mild daytime temperatures and ideal conditions for sightseeing, though temperatures do drop at nights. See various country climates and temperature averages below and remember to check the weather forecast before departure. 

 

 

 

Kenya Climate

 

Kenya is a year-round destination, with good game viewing throughout the year, although arguably the best time to visit is during the migration which usually occurs between July to September. The warmest months in Kenya are from December to March. April to May has the highest rainfall and short rains occur in November to December. The coastal areas are tropical and tend to be hot and humid throughout the year, particularly in April and May. The lowlands are hot but mainly dry, while the highlands are more temperate with four seasons. 

 

Kenya - Nairobi 



Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
min temp °C 12 13 14 14 13 12 11 11 11 13 13 13
max temp °C 15 26 25 24 22 21 21 21 24 24 23 23
rainfall mm 38 64 125 211 158 46 15 23 31 53 109 86


The weather chart above shows the average daily min and max temperatures in Celsius and the average monthly precipitation, and should only be used as a guide.


 

Tanzania Climate

 

Game viewing in Tanzania is at its best between June to October. To witness the Great Migration in the Serengeti, visit from May to July when the plains are fresh and green or November to March when the herds return to calve. The hottest months are from December to March. The rainy season occurs in April and May, there are often short rains in November and December and the driest season is June to October. The coast is hot and humid through the year. The Serengeti and especially Ngorongoro Crater can be cold at night throughout the year because they are on a high plateau.

 

Tanzania - Dar es Salaam



Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
min temp °C 25 25 24 23 22 20 19 19 19 21 22 24
max temp °C 31 31 31 30 29 29 28 28 28 29 30 31
rainfall mm 66 66 130 290 188 33 31 25 25 41 74 91

 

The weather chart above shows the average daily min and max temperatures in Celsius and the average monthly precipitation, and should only be used as a guide.


 

South Africa Climate

 

The summer months (October to April) are warm and sunny throughout the country, and temperatures are highest in the north. The best time to visit the north is in the winter (May to September) when the temperatures are mild, there is very little rainfall and game viewing is at its optimum. October to March is best for visiting the south of the country when temperature are high, the Atlantic provides a refreshing breeze and rainfall is low. In the Cape Province temperatures drop between May to September and there is high rainfall.

 

South Africa - Cape Town

 


Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
min temp °C 16 16 14 12 9 8 7 8 9 11 13 14
max temp °C 26 26 25 22 19 18 17 18 18 21 23 24
rainfall mm 15 8 18 48 79 84 89 66 43 31 18 10

 

South Africa - Kruger NP

 


Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
min temp °C 21 20 19 15 10 6 6 9 13 16 18 20
max temp °C 33 32 31 29 28 26 26 27 29 30 31 32
rainfall mm 94 96 66 38 14 11 11 8 28 40 63 92

 

The weather chart above shows the average daily min and max temperatures in Celsius and the average monthly precipitation, and should only be used as a guide.


 

Botswana

 

Summer in Botswana (October to April) is very hot with afternoon rains and in the dry
winter season (May to September) days are invariably sunny and temperatures are cooler.
At night in the winter, the temperatures can drop below freezing point. The best time to
visit is between May to September when animals migrate towards the waterways of the
Okavango Delta, making it wonderful for game viewing.

Summer in Botswana (October to April) is very hot with afternoon rains and in the dry winter season (May to September) days are invariably sunny and temperatures are cooler. At night in the winter, the temperatures can drop below freezing point. The best time to visit is between May to September when animals migrate towards the waterways of the Okavango Delta, making it wonderful for game viewing.

 

Botswana - Maun

 


Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
min temp °C 18 17 16 12 7 6 6 9 14 15 19 19
max temp °C 32 32 30 29 26 24 24 27 33 35 33 33
rainfall mm 107 79 71 18 5 3 0 0 0 23 56 86

 

The weather chart above shows the average daily min and max temperatures in Celsius and the average monthly precipitation, and should only be used as a guide.


 

Namibia

 

As Namibia is partially covered by the Namib Desert, the climate is generally very dry and pleasant, making it a good year-round destination. Namibia has a pleasant, cool, dry winter (May to October) and a hot summer (November to April) with minimal rainfall, which often takes the form of localised thunderstorms, predominantly in the centre and the east. In the winter, temperatures in the desert can drop below freezing at night. Game viewing is good throughout the year in Namibia.

 

Namibia - Windhoek 



Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
min temp °C 17 16 15 13 9 7 6 8 12 15 15 17
max temp °C 29 28 27 25 22 20 20 23 25 29 29 30
rainfall mm 76 74 79 41 8 0 0 0 3 10 23 48

 

The weather chart above shows the average daily min and max temperatures in Celsius and the average monthly precipitation, and should only be used as a guide. 


 

Zimbabwe/Zambia - Victoria Falls


The rainy season is from December to April and Victoria Falls is at its fullest and most spectacular between March and May. However, trying to see the falls at this time of year is hard as it’s shrouded in mist. A good time to visit the falls is from July to August when the cascade of water is still very impressive but the spray is not so intense. From October to December, the end of the dry season, the water levels are low and you can see the rock formation of the falls.

 

Zimbabwe - Victoria Falls



Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
min temp °C 19 18 18 15 11 07 07 10 15 19 19 19
max temp °C 28 28 28 29 27 24 24 27 31 33 32 30
rainfall mm 142 109 84 18 10 0 0 0 5 20 81 122

 

The weather chart above shows the average daily min and max temperatures in Celsius and the average monthly precipitation, and should only be used as a guide.

 

 

Mozambique

 

Mozambique has a warm and sunny, tropical climate. The south of the country is much drier and less humid than the north. The rainy season is in the summer months from November to March when the climate is very hot and humid. Winter (April to October) is the best time to visit when temperatures are warm but mild and there is very little rainfall. Game viewing is best in August and September towards the end of the dry season and bird watching is best from late November to February.

 

Mozambique - Maputo



Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
min temp °C 22 22 21 19 16 13 13 14 16 18 19 21
max temp °C 30 31 29 28 27 25 24 26 27 28 28 29
rainfall mm 130 125 125 53 28 20 13 13 28 81 81 97

 

The weather chart above shows the average daily min and max temperatures in Celsius and the average monthly precipitation, and should only be used as a guide.

 

 

Madagascar 


As a general rule the north is hot and tropical, east is wet, south is dry and the west is temperate. The winter months (May to October) are dry, temperatures are mild and cooler in the central highlands. The summer months (November to March) are hot and windy. Rainfall is at its peak between January and March and in February cyclones can occur in the east and northeast. The best time to visit is from March to November.

 

Madagascar - Antananarivo



Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
min temp °C 16 16 16 14 12 10 9 9 11 12 14 16
max temp °C 26 26 26 24 23 21 20 21 23 27 27 27
rainfall mm 300 279 178 53 18 8 8 10 18 61 135 287

 

The weather chart above shows the average daily min and max temperatures in Celsius and the average monthly precipitation, and should only be used as a guide.

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