October

Desert Elephant

Desert Elephant

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.

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 now 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 heat.

The flow over the Victoria Falls has reduced considerably after months of no rain. If you really want to visit make sure that you visit the Zimbabwe side of the Falls 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. October is a good month for trekking, with wild flowers in bloom, mild days and cool nights.

Recommended Countries / Areas

KENYA

SOUTH AFRICA

BOTSWANA

NAMIBIA 

ZIMBABWE 

MADAGASCAR

MAURITIUS

MOZAMBIQUE

SEYCHELLES

ETHIOPIA

 

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