Botswana, Zambia & Zimbabwe Safari
Chobe • Kafue • Okavango Delta • Hwange • Victoria Falls
Botswana, Zambia, and Zimbabwe experience different weather patterns. The Dry Season falls during September-November, making these months ideal for wildlife-viewing due to sparse vegetation. November-April is considered the Wet Season when animals often congregate at water sources such as riverbanks and waterholes. In May-August, most days are clear, warm and sunny, and nights are cool.
In northern Botswana, the Okavango Delta is lushest from late May-September, when it floods with rains that occured hundreds of miles away. During this season, you may explore by mokoro (dugout canoe) to observe myriad waterfowl and witness various game in their natural habitats.
While you won’t see the vast herds of animals you might find in East Africa, wildlife abounds in this region. Possible sightings include elephant, cheetah, giraffe, hippopotamus, zebra, many species of antelope, spotted hyena, and lion.
Tanzania Lodge & Tented Safari
Arusha • Tarangire • Oldupai Gorge • Serengeti National Park • Ngorongoro Highlands & Crater
Tanzania experiences a few distinct seasons offering a unique safari experience. The “long rains” fall from March-May and the “short rains” fall from late October-December. The most popular time to visit is usually July-February, and the wildebeest migration usually occurs from mid-July to September.
East Africa’s largest country, Tanzania is home to spectacular national parks including the vast Serengeti, where you will behold the world’s largest concentration of wildlife on Earth. The annual wildebeest migration is one of the world’s great natural phenomena, occurring in a clockwise and circular pattern through Serengeti National Park, and the Ngorongoro Conservation area, and through Kenya’s Masai Mara National Reserve. Wildebeest and zebra historically give birth in the Ngorongoro Conservation area in February and March.
* This trip is not offered during the month of April.
The Best of Kenya & Tanzania
Nairobi • Lake Naivasha • Amboseli • Tarangire • Lake Manyara • Ngorongoro Highlands & Crater • Serengeti National Park
Kenya experiences very similar seasons to Tanzania. The “long rains” fall from March-May and the “short rains” fall from late October-December. The annual wildebeest migration consisting of thousands of animals typically streams into the Masai Mara National Reserve from the Serengeti during the month of October.
Within Tanzania and Kenya’s game reserves, you’ll encounter hundreds of thousands of animals, including the “Big Five” which includes: lion, elephant, Cape buffalo, leopard, and rhinoceros. Many other species you’ll observe within Kenya’s game reserves are Thompon’s and Grant’s gazelles, zebra, eland, perhaps even rare wild-dog.
Both countries also offer great opportunities for bird-watching.