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 …
Most people need little convincing when it comes to booking a trip to Botswana. Home to the highest concentration of elephants in the world and teeming with big cats, African wild dog and other wildlife, Botswana is truly is one of Africa’s greatest safari destinations.
Here’s our personal top 10 reasons to visit Botswana:
- Watery game-viewing in Okavango Delta
- Elephant-spotting by sunset boat cruises on Chobe
- Canoeing on Selinda Spillway
- True sense of wilderness with very few people
- Quad biking on Makgadikgadi salt pans
- Mokoro trips
- Mobile camping
- Wild dogs in Linyanti Swamps
- Adventure safaris eg. Mashatu Game Reserve
- Bushmen (San) people of the Kalahari
There can be few more moving experiences than meeting the brown-eyed gaze of the hugely endangered mountain gorilla. This is what makes gorilla tracking in Africa one of many people’s top ‘bucket list’ experiences. You must be prepared to trek for up to 6-7 arduous hours for the reward of an encounter with a 220kg ‘silverback’. But the anticipation is matched only by the euphoria after the hour-long audience. Uncontrolled hunting and the accelerating human encroachment into its habitat mean that the mountain gorilla is on the brink of extinction. Due to conservation efforts, numbers are once again slowly increasing. Now about 700 individuals in the wild.
Roughly half live in Uganda’s Bwindi Impenetrable National Park and the remainder in the volcanic Virunga Mountains. Gorilla families can roam freely in the Virungas, crossing borders between Rwanda, Uganda and the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). The Volcanoes National Park in Rwanda has been set up to protect both the Virungas mountains and its wildlife. Here a handful of family groups have become habituated to limited human contact.