We know plenty of keen visitors to Africa don’t have the luxury of choosing the “ideal” dates to travel. Let’s be honest, life is busy! This might seem like a limiting factor when planning a trip, but it doesn’t have to be. One of the beauties of Africa is its diversity, which means there’s an abundance of options to satisfy almost everyone, at any time of year. However these myriad options don’t make the task of choosing where to go in Africa any easier! So over four blog posts, we’ll be looking at your best safari options for the year.
Here are our recommendations for where to go in Africa during May, June and July …
You may wonder if there is a big difference between staying on the Zambian or Zimbabwean side of the Victoria Falls; i.e. the towns of Victoria Falls vs Livingstone? With a whopping 75% of the Victoria Falls seen from Zimbabwe, and 16 different viewpoints bisecting the rainforest, you’d think it’s an obvious choice. Well yes, at certain times of the year it may well be. But there are a number of pluses for both sides to check out before your decision.
It is now standard practice to be able to book a GPS with your rental car when on a self drive in South Africa. And most people have google maps on their phones which are great for directions.
In theory this should make obsolete one of the more mundane jobs of the tour operator booking your self-drive holiday: providing good quality directions to help you get from A to B. Or in the case of South Africa from Hotel A to Game Lodge B.
Not so fast….
In my (and our clients’) experience using the car rental GPS system, or even Google Maps, the directions should be treated with some caution. Especially in rural areas of South Africa. That’s why we no longer include GPS as standard on car rental. Though it is available on request at time of booking or when you collect your rental car.
GPS is certainly useful. But it should definitely be seen as an adjunct to your tour operator’s written directions in the itinerary and NOT a replacement…
The reason for this is that the GPS directions like to take the ”shortest” route. But in a country like South Africa, we have a range of roads. From highways to winding mountain passes, to gravel farm roads, to game reserve tracks. So the shortest route may not be the fastest or the easiest!
Another problem is that sometimes the GPS (and even Google maps) has got the location of a game lodge plain wrong. Either directing you to the booking office in the nearest town, rather than the lodge itself, or to somewhere else entirely.
This is not where you want to be (unless you’ve chosen it!)
But GPS does have its uses…