Which African safari region is best when?East Africa (Kenya, Uganda and Northern Tanzania) is great all year round – even the rainy seasons of April and November hold interest for photographers, especially those who love clean air and dramatic towering cloud backdrops!
Southern Africa (Botswana, Zimbabwe and Zambia), in contrast, has deeply contrasting seasons. During the Green Season (November to March) wildlife disperses far and wide, trees leaf out and can difficult to find. The wildlife then concentrates again, as water resources dwindle during the Dry Season (May to October) – so this, generally, the time we do safaris in Southern Africa.
Coming way north to the ‘Horn of Africa’ we enter a region that (once again) has deeply contrasting dry and wet seasons. But they are opposite to those of Southern Africa. Because of this Ethiopia is great to visit during the region’s Dry Season (October to April). Then when their Rainy Season returns (May to September) and the mountains get socked under cloud, we take our trips elsewhere.