Desert-adapted elephant in Damaraland

October is one of the nicest months of the year in many parts of South Africa It’s late spring and the fynbos is spectacular in the nature reserves and Botanical Gardens such as the Cederberg or on the West Coast.

One of the best months for seeing the Desert Adapted Elephant in Namibia’s Damaraland.

The best time for diving in East Africa is generally reckoned to start in October and extend until April. After around April time the long rains wash sediment out into the Indian Ocean, reducing visibility for diving.

It’s getting distinctly hot in many of the game reserves especially in Zambia, Malawi and northern Zimbabwe – its known locally as ‘suicide’ month. Though game-viewing remains excellent, you need to be sure that you can deal with the heat. Most walking safaris tend to stop in early October to give you a hint.

The flow over the Victoria Falls has reduced considerably after months of no rain. If you really want to visit, and its October, make sure that you visit the Zimbabwe side of the Falls. These are the best side from mid- September into January.

In Uganda, October marks the middle of the second rainy season of the year in the south but is toward the end of the wetter months in the north. If visiting Uganda in October and November, perhaps spend more time in Murchison Falls or Kidepo rather than in the southern grassland reserves.

In Ethiopia, the glorious Simien Mountains are driest from September to November. It is a perfect month for all-round sightseeing. October is a good month for trekking, with wild flowers in bloom, mild days and cool nights.

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