If you have never been to a safari before, you might wonder, which time of the year is best to start your safari. Let me tell you this: According to me, there is not really THE safari-season.
In nature, every season is different and beautiful in its own way. The main choice you need to make is to go either in the dry or in the rainy season. To make your choice easier, here are the pro´s and con´s of each season:
There is almost no rainfall or at least much lighter rainfall in comparison to the wet season.
The grass is short which makes the spotting of animals much easier. Unexperienced photographers will have an easier time taking pictures for the same reason.
Dry season is usually a good time to see the African´s big cats (hunting) around waterholes
In Kenia and Tanzania you will have a fair chance of seeing the big migration of zebras and wildebeests during a specific time of the dry season
The dry season is considered the peak season of safari tourism so the national parks are usually overflooded with tourists. It can go as far as getting in line to see a leopard in a tree for only10 seconds.
Your trip will usually be more expensive then in the wet season.
It can get cold – especially in the morning and evening.
The wet season is perfect to see newborn wildebeests and gazelles and – if you are very lucky – it great a chance to witness a birth.
Birdwatchers peak season, in almost every classical safari country, is the wet season.
Usually the number of tourists is much less during the wet season. Therefore you can be lucky to encounter a lion or leopard all by yourself without being surrounded by tourists.
The thick and long grass and the raindrops give you a chance for extraordinary photos.
Your trip is usually less expensive then in the dry season
You should be prepared for heavy rains and hot weather. Normally these rainfalls will only last for a short time and may not even rain every single day, but be prepared for wet gear and maybe even wet clothes and the possibility for a change of camp in casethere is a flood.
The thick and long grass makes it more difficult to spot animal.