View of the Coffee Fields - Gibbs Farm

Safari Seasons, They Are a-Changin’

It’s true!

Big 5 game viewing is best during the Dry Season. Usually July-October when water is scarce, a great number and variety of animals congregate without the obstruction of thick foliage or tall grass. Perfect conditions for first-time safari goers: it’s easier to find concentrations of wildlife, animals are easier to spot and it’s easier to take great photos.

However, with such perfect conditions, prices go up, availability at the best camps and lodges goes down, and prime wildlife viewing areas get crowded. Now, as more safari enthusiasts return to Africa and the conservation tourism industry matures, the traditional safari season is expanding.

More small owner-operated camps are open during the Green Season with reduced rates, less crowds and the added thrill of having to search for wildlife through dense bush. It is also the absolute best time for waterfalls, spotting baby animals and bird-watching. It’s also possible to find last minute availability on quality scheduled departures or at the best camps in the Serengeti.

Here’s this year’s top picks for summer adventures and holiday safaris…

Select Scheduled Departures – June 2014

These Scheduled Departures explore the best parts of two spectacular countries, and they are a cost-effective way of maximizing your time in the bush.

Suggested Safari Itineraries – November 2014

14 days – Lower Zambezi, South Luangwa, Vic Falls, Moremi, Kalahari

Get away from the crowds and enjoy private reserves with classic tented safari options unavailable in national parks: open vehicles, walking safaris, canoeing and night drives

on the banks of the Zambezi - Photo courtesy of the camp

on the banks of the Zambezi – Photo courtesy of the camp

Overlooking the Luangwa - Photo courtesy of the camp

Overlooking the Luangwa – Photo courtesy of the camp

On the edge of the falls - Photo courtesy of the hotel

On the edge of the falls – Photo courtesy of the hotel

Machaba Camp - Lounge Area - Photo courtesy of the lodge

Machaba Camp – Lounge Area – Photo courtesy of the lodge

10 days – Rubondo, Sayari, Ngorongoro Crater

November is a quieter month to visit these iconic safari destinations where you can track wild chimpanzees and witness the Great Migration returning from the Mara.

There’s so many great options for this year. Get in touch and let’s start planning your next safari!

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