Days are getting cooler in South Africa so you may not be heading into the ocean so readily. But this is a great time for an active holiday (such as our walking tours) as the scorching hot summer days are replaced by warm sunshine.
April often sees the onset of wetter weather in Cape Town and the Cape, but the warm ocean, low rainfall and comfortable temperatures attract many to coastal Maputaland.
The lodges in Zambia and Malawi are starting to open up at the beginning of the “Green Season” which normally operates from April to May and again in early November.
At the Victoria Falls April and May see peak flows – dramatic but the large amounts of spray may limit visibility.
The cyclone season should now be over in Mauritius, Madagascar and Mozambique. In the Seychelles, conditions for swimming, snorkelling and diving are superb, with good visibility and calm seas. It’s one of the two calmer periods between the trade winds. Birders will note that this is the start of the breeding season.
In East Africa, the long rains usually arrive around the beginning of April in the most popular destinations of East Africa: many camps and lodges will be closed in Kenya and Tanzania during April and May.
In Uganda it’s bang in the middle of the rainy season that typically extends from March to May: trekking through the forests in search of primates will be less comfortable but paradoxically locating the primates is easier as the groups are less active. The early part of the wet season is also a good time to consider Kidepo Valley National Park in the far north; though game does fan out more with the onset of rain, the temperatures drop and the semi-arid savannah is prettily tinged with green, birding is good and there is still plenty of wildlife to be seen.
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