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    October 4, 2023

    In this post you can find out the best places to travel in Africa by month.

    Where to Travel in Africa in January

    January is an absolutely fantastic time of year to be visiting Africa, with many of our destinations being absolutely beautiful.

    Tanzania, Kenya, and Uganda all boast some of their best game-viewing conditions at this time of year.


    Tanzania’s Northern Circuit boasts arguably the best game-viewing in the world during January, as the Wildebeest Migration’s calving season is in full-swing in the Ndutu region of the southern Serengeti.

    With more than 10,000 young wildebeest born each day, predator numbers are especially high, making this an ideal time to spot cheetahs, leopards, and lions on the hunt. Combining the Serengeti and Ngorongoro at this time of year is a terrific choice.

    January is one of the most popular times of year to visit Zanzibar, with conditions being excellent for an extended beach escape.


    While Kenya does not play host to the Wildebeest Migration in January, it is nevertheless still home to its own calving season as many animals give birth in this time of plenty.

    Like Tanzania, the abundance of easy prey makes for a buffet for predators. You’ll have an excellent chance of catching a cheetah or lion on the hunt!

    Conditions on the Kenyan Coast are also terrific for those wanting a beach escape.


    The pleasant weather in January makes for terrific gorilla trekking conditions. With pleasant temperatures and occasional rainfall, it is a good alternative to the hotly contested peak season months of June – September.


    Part of Uganda’s short dry season, January is an absolutely fantastic time to visit the Pearl of Africa. Both gorilla-trekking and game drive conditions are excellent, with the cooler temperatures in Bwindi-Impenetrable making it an especially popular time for the often gruelling gorilla trek.


    January is a terrific time of year to visit Ethiopia, with an average of just two rainy days in the month. This makes it an ideal time to visit the country, whose roads do not always hold up to the rainier months of the wet season.


    Marked by spectacular thunderstorms, January is nonetheless a great time to visit Botswana for two reasons: it is breeding season for the country’s dazzling variety of birds and the overcast conditions make for truly spectacular photography.

    While game drives and game viewing aren’t at their best in January, you can still have an unforgettable safari experience in Botswana, with predators especially easy to spot against the vivid green of the lush grass.


    With rainy season in full swing in Zimbabwe, you won’t have to deal with the usual crowds, but you may encounter less than ideal road conditions in some of the national parks. The thick vegetation does also mean game-viewing can be a little more difficult.

    This translates into good prices, however, with many luxury properties offering competitive rates. If you’re looking to combine your safari experience with some five-star pampering, it’s a great time to visit.


    South Africa

    While rainy conditions in Kruger National Park make for less than ideal game-viewing in January, the hot summer weather is perfect for those wanting to experience the beaches and scenic drives of this gorgeous country.

    Taking a tour of the Garden Route, exploring Cape Town, relaxing on the beaches, or paying a visit to wine country are all ideal activities during January.

    For history buffs, the Battlefields of KwaZulu Natal are a popular choice this month, as it marks the anniversary of such famed battles as the Battle of Rorke’s Drift.

    cape town beach


    Namibia is at the peak of a hot, humid summer in January, which makes it a less than ideal choice if you can’t stand the heat.

    Birdwatching is especially good at this time of year, with the pink flamingos of Swakopmund and the birds of the Caprivi Strip being a popular choice.


    We do not recommend travel to Mozambique at this time of year, as it is the beginning of their rainy season. Cyclones and intense storms are not uncommon along the coast.

    Where to Travel in Africa in February

    February is a time of contrasting fortunes in Africa, with some countries such as Tanzania, Kenya, and Ethiopia enjoying terrific conditions, while Mozambique and Namibia are in their least desirable seasons.

    Botswana, South Africa, Rwanda, and Uganda enjoy good conditions at this time of year as well, although each country also has its weaknesses.

    The undisputed king in February is Tanzania, where the Wildebeest Migration’s calving season sees more than 500,000 wildebeest born in a single month!


    The calving season of the Wildebeest Migration is in full-swing come February, making this one of Tanzania’s mini peak seasons. Mobile camps in the Ndutu region of the Serengeti/Ngorongoro do brisk business as people travel from all over the world to see the beginnings of the massive animal movement.

    More than 500,000 Wildebeest are born in the month of February, making it an ideal time to spot both the massive herd and the predators who prey on them.


    While Tanzania is where the action is for the Wildebeest Migration, Kenya is nonetheless worthwhile during the hot, dry month of February. With many water sources within the parks drying up, herbivores and carnivores are forced closer together in order to access water. This is the perfect recipe for those wishing to see a hunt or kill.


    With warm weather and less rain, February is a popular time to visit Rwanda for gorilla trekking. Towards the end of the month, rains begin to increase again, so it’s a good idea to arrange your gorilla trekking earlier in the month to avoid a slippery climb!


    Like neighbouring Rwanda, Uganda enjoys terrific conditions and sunny weather during the month of February. This is great for gorilla trekking and chimpanzee trekking, as well as providing excellent conditions for game drives in parks like Queen Elizabeth and Murchison Falls.


    Dry conditions in Ethiopia make for safe roads and pleasant weather – the perfect opportunity to trekking in the Simien Mountains or observing the antelope migration in Gambela National Park.


    February is a fascinating time in Botswana, with the Kalahari slowly beginning to come to life as the grasslands begin to draw in herds of grazing animals. Ripe figs attract fruit bats and the Okavango well and truly comes alive thanks to recent rains.

    While you will still have to contend with occasional daily rain, the lush greenery and burst of bird, insect, reptile, and mammal life in the region makes this a truly special time of year to be in Botswana.


    As with January, February is part of Zimbabwe’s rainy season. This translates into brilliantly green scenery and lower crowds within national parks, but you’ll need to contend with daily showers and occasionally bad road conditions.

    Game viewing is nonetheless terrific due to it being calving season, and those wishing to raft along the Zambezi River will find conditions quite perfect.

    South Africa

    February is a perfect time to visit South Africa, with conditions in both Kruger National Park and along the picturesque Garden Route quite spectacular.

    With the high temperatures, Cape Town and other beach destinations tend to be in high demand, so you need to either book early or be prepared to pay extra to secure a booking.


    Like January, February does not offer ideal conditions in Namibia. Hot humid days give way to afternoon downpours, but this remains a good time of year to spot flamingos and other bird life.


    The rainy season and cyclone conditions continue in Mozambique through February, making it a less than ideal holiday destination.

    Where to Travel in Africa in March

    March sees the beginning of low season in many countries, which means popular destinations like Tanzania and Kenya see less crowds. Rwanda and Uganda are in the beginning of their rainy season, making gorilla trekking a less pleasant (but still very possible) experience.

    Conversely, Botswana and Zimbabwe are at their very best, making a Southern African safari the ideal solution.


    While not quite as good as January or February, March is still a good option for those wishing to experience the Wildebeest Migration outside of the traditional June – September peak season. The Ndutu and Seronera regions of the Serengeti are where the action is.

    With rainy season on the horizon, prices tend to decrease and crowds are on the wane, making this a good time to capitalize in pleasant weather and less crowded hotels.


    Kenya remains a good option in March, although the lack of the Wildebeest Migration and the approach of rainy season does mean that Tanzania is a much better option for your safari.


    With rainy season beginning, conditions for gorilla trekking decline sharply in the month of March. While it is still possible to venture into Volcanoes National Park or Nyungwe Forest National Park for primate viewing, you’ll need to contend with slippery mountains, ankle-deep mud, and primates who have a lot more places to find water.


    March is low season in Uganda, with rainier conditions making the popular primate trekking activities less appetizing.

    The national parks still remain good for game drives, but those wishing to combine these with primate trekking might be best served waiting until later in the year.


    Ethiopia’s high season begins to wind down in March, but conditions remain favourable for game drives and trekking. It is a terrific time to visit.


    March is a fantastic time to experience Botswana’s Okavango Delta, with the recent months of rain translating into fabulous conditions to experience the wetlands.

    Combining your Okavango experience with a visit to Victoria Falls in neighbouring Zimbabwe is a terrific option at this time of year.


    With the rainy season winding down, March presents perhaps the best conditions in Zimbabwe so far. The country is awash with color, crowds are still relatively low, Victoria Falls is at its peak, and the calving season means there is plenty of activity within the national parks.

    If you can’t afford to visit during the June – August peak season, March is the next best bet for Zimbabwe.

    South Africa

    Safari conditions aren’t ideal in March, but the Cape region and the Garden Route are truly stunning in the month of March.

    With that being said, Kruger and Sabi Sands remain viable safari options. Those looking to combine their trip with neighbouring countries might be best served waiting until later in the year, however.


    While the temperature is finally beginning to drop in Namibia as the rainy season passes, the country is yet to be at its best.

    We’d recommend holding off another month or two if you wish to experience Namibia at its most beautiful.


    With rains easing, March marks the first time of year that Mozambique should be considered. The pleasant change in weather translates into a sudden increase in demand, so be sure to book early if your trip falls in the last half of March.

    Where to Travel in Africa in April

    April makes the beginning of the long rainy season in East Africa, meaning a number of popular destinations in that region experience their low season. While this does mean less ideal game-viewing conditions, it also means you’re getting access to great prices in Tanzania and Kenya.

    With that being said, Botswana, Zimbabwe, South Africa, and Mozambique are our recommendations at this time of year. Conditions are great across all four countries!


    Tanzania enters what we call its Green Season in April, as seasonal rains make for vibrant national parks. The taller grass and denser foliage do mean that game-viewing isn’t quite as good as it might otherwise be, but the trade-off is amazing pricing on luxury lodges.

    If you’ve ever wanted to treat yourself to a five-star safari experience, April (and May) provide the best prices you’ll ever see for Tanzania. While game-viewing isn’t what it is in peak season, you still stand a very good chance of seeing the Big Five.


    Like Tanzania, Kenya’s low season sees rainier days and denser foliage throughout its parks. You’ll also find that prices in Kenya are more competitive at this time of year.

    We still recommend Tanzania over Kenya in April, as you stand a good chance of spotting the Wildebeest Migration in Tanzania.


    We do not recommend visiting Rwanda in April, as the heavy rains make for extremely difficult and slippery gorilla trekking conditions.

    With that said, birdwatchers or those looking to go gorilla trekking without the risk of missing out on permits are going to find Rwanda is still very much open for business.


    While gorilla and chimpanzee trekking conditions are less than ideal in April, you’ll find there are great deals on accommodation across the country’s national parks.

    If you’ve ever dreamed of exploring the width and breadth of the Pearl of Africa on a budget, this is the ideal time to do it!



    The coming rains and the increasing temperatures do make travel in April a bit less pleasant than in earlier months, but it remains a good time to visit Ethiopia and explore its historic sites and spectacular vistas.

    As April marks Easter on the Ethiopian calendar, those interested in observing Fasika (Orthodox Easter) and attending a traditional Mass are in for a treat.


    Botswana is absolutely spectacular in April. With the world-famous Okavango Delta in flood, there are few places in Africa that can attest to being more beautiful than Botswana in April.

    It is still technically low season in Botswana, however, as game-viewing can be hard to predict this early in the year. Still, with our help finding the right camp, you can expect to have a world-class safari at rock-bottom low season prices!


    Zimbabwe just keeps getting better and better as the rainy season tapers off. While not yet peak season, major attractions such as Victoria Falls and Mana Pools National Park are open and provide excellent conditions.

    While the weather is cooler than other times of year, it is a perfect opportunity to take advantage of low season crowds and pricing before the country really begins to open up.

    South Africa

    Safari conditions begin to improve as South Africa’s autumn begins, with the slow loss of leaves on the trees making it easier to spot animals while on safari.

    If you’re looking to go hiking or indulge in some more physical activities, the cooling temperatures provide excellent conditions. Wine tasting or city touring are a delight in the autumn weather, although you might want to rethink your beach plans!


    April marks the last month of Namibia’s rainy low season, with temperatures dropping and weather improving.

    This is the earliest time of year we would recommend visiting Namibia, as conditions are now good enough for you to enjoy famed landmarks like Etosha National Park, Sossusvlei, and the Skeleton Coast. Still, if you can hold off one more month, Namibia is about to get spectacular.


    With the weather finally on your side, Mozambique is a gem in April. Clear sunny days and light winds will greet you as you touch down, accompanying you as you explore this often overlooked corner of the world.

    Where to Travel in Africa in May

    With much of East Africa experiencing its heaviest rains, May is not an ideal time to visit popular destinations such as Kenya, Tanzania, Uganda, and Rwanda – although the poorer conditions do allow for savings on luxury hotels.

    With that in mind, we recommend Southern African destinations such as Botswana, Zimbabwe, Namibia, and South Africa.


    May is the wettest month in Tanzania, with daily rain making for dense foliage and muddy roads. This isn’t to say that you can’t still enjoy a safari, but visitors can expect delays due to poor road conditions.

    If you’re willing to put up with the humidity and the occasional delay, however, you can get amazing pricing on luxury lodges as they look to fill up their rooms during the low season.


    Like Tanzania, Kenya is in the thick of its rainy season during May. You’ll find great deals on luxury lodges, but these come with the trade-off of less ideal safari conditions.


    Gorilla trekking conditions remain poor due to the rainy days, but this can be a good time to get permits if you’re having trouble finding available dates at busier times of year.

    Conditions in Nyungwe and Akagera are less than ideal, but you can still go chimpanzee trekking or on a safari.


    The wet weather can wreak havoc on Uganda’s infamously bad roads, so be prepared for delays if you’re going on safari during the month of May.

    The wet conditions also make the already difficult gorilla trekking conditions in Bwindi Impenetrable even less pleasant, but permit availability is quite good.


    While rainy season is about to begin, Ethiopia is unquestionably beautiful in the month of May. The rains paint the country in vivid shades of green, but certain areas (such as the Lower Omo Valley) do become impassable due to the muddy conditions.


    Botswana is arguably the most beautiful place in the world in May. The Okavango Delta is in full flood and the country is just alive with colour.

    Sometimes called the “secret season”, May in Botswana combines the country’s immense natural beauty with the last of the year’s low season pricing.


    Zimbabwe really starts to come into its own in May. As rains taper off and water levels drop, Victoria Falls becomes absolutely breathtaking to behold.

    With less water in the national parks, wildlife are forced to congregate around reliable water sources. This coupled with the thinning vegetation make for ideal game-viewing conditions, so you’re in for a treat on safari. If you’ve ever wanted to track rhinos in Matobo Hills, this is the perfect time to do it!

    On the flip side, the popular Devil’s Pool (as well as rafting on the Zambezi) are not available at this time of year.

    South Africa

    With the thinning of foliage, Kruger National Park becomes one of the best places in Africa to go on a game drive. In addition, the cooler weather means that exploring Cape Town, the Garden Route, and the popular wine regions are much more comfortable.


    While it is still technically low season in Namibia in May (hooray for lower prices), the cooler weather and the lack of rain make this an ideal time to explore the country.

    For those eager to see Sossusvlei, the Skeleton Coast, Etosha National Park, and the Kalahari, this is the first time of year where you can do so without running the risk of being rained on every day.


    With the rainy season well and truly behind it, Mozambique is a sight to behold in May. With dry season officially underway, conditions are terrific to explore all of Mozambique’s National Parks and scenic sites.

    Where to Travel in Africa in June

    With rainy season ending and the Wildebeest Migration in full swing, Tanzania takes centre stage for safari lovers in the month of June.

    Across southern and eastern Africa, many destinations offer fantastic safari conditions, meaning you’ll be spoiled for choice when it comes to planning your big trip.


    The Wildebeest Migration makes its way into the Central Serengeti in the month of June, and while occasional showers are not uncommon, conditions improve as the month winds on – making June an ideal time to visit Tanzania.


    June is still something of a low season in Kenya, as the Wildebeest Migration takes place squarely within Tanzania during the month. With that being said, the end of rainy season does mean that the parks are gorgeous and not too crowded, making it a good time to get a terrific deal on a Kenyan safari.


    The long dry season has begun and that means it is peak season in Rwanda. Gorilla permits are in high demand in the month of June, so those wishing to go trekking should book early.

    Akagera National Park also has ideal conditions for those wanting to undertake a Rwandan safari.


    Like neighbouring Rwanda, Uganda is about to enter its peak season. Gorilla permits sell out early, so be sure to make a booking early if you’re wanting the experience for yourself.

    In Uganda’s safari parks, conditions are right for seeing all manner of wildlife. It is a terrific time to visit the Pearl of Africa.


    The rains come to Ethiopia in June, making for poor conditions both on the roads and in the parks.

    We do not recommend visiting Ethiopia in June.


    With peak season just around the corner, June may well be your last chance to take place of low-season pricing in Botswana before Africa’s most expensive safari destination kicks into overdrive.


    Zimbabwe is quite popular in June, as conditions across the country’s national parks make for great game-viewing.

    Water levels at Victoria Falls are slightly lower, allowing for clearer photos of the spectacular waterfall.

    As June is quite popular in Zimbabwe, you’ll likely have to book early to avoid disappointment.

    South Africa

    June marks the beginning of peak season in South Africa, as the cooler winter conditions make for fantastic safaris. It is dry season in the country’s north, forcing animals to bunch closer together to find water sources.

    The weather does turn wet around Cape Town, which means colder days and less ideal conditions for exploration.


    Etosha National Park has amazing conditions during June, as the dry season forces the park’s wildlife to congregate around a few water sources. Often likened to Noah’s Ark, Etosha is a sight to behold at this time of year.

    All across the country, drier conditions make for excellent travel conditions.


    Mozambique’s peak season officially kicks off in June, as the drier conditions make the country a perfect choice.

    With lower winds, conditions for scuba diving and whale-watching are excellent.

    Where to Travel in Africa in July

    East Africa is the place to be in July, with Tanzania, Kenya, Rwanda, and Uganda all being spectacular at this time of year.

    There is honestly very few bad places at this time of year, however, with Namibia, Botswana, Zimbabwe, South Africa, and Mozambique all terrific as well.


    Tanzania is the place to be in July, as the world-famous Wildebeest Migration begins to make its way north towards the Maasai Mara.

    Game-viewing conditions in Ngorongoro, the Central Serengeti, and the Northern Serengeti are sublime at this time of year, although you’ll likely have to share the parks with others looking to see a river crossing for themselves.


    While the Wildebeest Migration is unlikely to have reached the Mara River so early in the season, the Maasai Mara is nonetheless spectacular in July. Kenya’s peak season kicks off in July, with properties across the country experiencing higher demand due to the ideal game-viewing conditions.


    There’s a perfect storm in Rwanda in July, as conditions are perfect and much of the world begins its summer holidays. You’ll want to book early if you’re thinking of going gorilla trekking in Rwanda this month!

    If you can get permits and accommodation, however, July is the perfect month to be exploring Rwanda.


    Like Rwanda, Uganda experiences a boom in tourism in the month of July, although the country’s sprawling nature and variety of parks does mean that there are always options for those wanting to do more than just go gorilla trekking.

    If you’re visiting Uganda in July, we can’t speak highly enough of taking an extended trip to take advantage of all the country has to offer.


    Heavy rains make travel in Ethiopia unsafe at this time of year. We do not advise visiting Ethiopia in July.


    It is officially peak season in Botswana! All across the country – from the Okavango to Morembi to Chobe – hotels and tented camps fill fast as people flock to the country to see it in all its glory.

    The only exception to this are drier areas such as the Kalahari, which are all but empty (of both guests and wildlife) at this time of year.


    Dry conditions make for perfect game-viewing conditions in Zimbabwe, where animals continue to move towards reliable water sources and come into conflict with one another.

    If you’re planning a Zimbabwe safari, this is the time to visit.

    South Africa

    Peak season continues in South Africa’s safari parks, as the dry conditions continue to bring wildlife together at water sources.
    In the south, where rain continues to fall, places like Cape Town and Stellenbosch are less than ideal.


    Namibia is spectacular in July, with Etosha’s dry conditions continuing to make for excellent game-viewing.

    Dry conditions across the country make for clear roads and clear skies, perfect for photographing the country’s many stunning landscapes.


    Mozambique remains spectacular in July, as conditions remain perfect for exploration both on land and in the water. If you’re keen on fishing or scuba diving, you’re in for a treat!

    Where to Travel in Africa in August

    All things being equal, Tanzania is the unquestioned king at this time of year. With the Wildebeest Migration in full swing along the banks of the Mara River, you can also find world class game viewing in Kenya.

    Like July, there are no ‘bad’ places to be in August, although Ethiopia remains a bit of a no go as their rainy season continues.


    Arguably the best time of year to visit Tanzania, August sees the high drama of a Wildebeest Migration river crossing taking place along the Mara River.

    It’s not just the Serengeti that thrives in August, however, as even the parks of the Southern Circuit (such as Selous and Ruaha) are spectacular. You’re truly spoiled for choice in August!

    hippo tanzania


    Kenya takes the mantle from Tanzania in August, as the Wildebeest Migration begins to cross into the Maasai Mara and bring the park to life.

    Accommodation in Kenya is often booked out early for this special time of year, so be sure to book early!


    The dry season continues in Rwanda, making for great gorilla trekking and chimpanzee trekking conditions. This translates into huge demand for permits and accommodation, so be sure to book early.

    Rwanda’s only safari park, Akagera, is also quite spectacular in August.


    It’s peak season in Uganda, so you can expect to find gorilla permits are sold out months in advance. Other parks – such as Kibale Forest, Murchison Falls, and Queen Elizabeth – are spectacular in August.

    If you’re looking to avoid the costs of a Tanzanian or Kenyan safari, Uganda is a good, budget-conscious option.

    Lioness lying on a tree. Uganda.


    The long rainy season continues in Ethiopia. Travel is not advised.


    Like July, August is incredibly beautiful (and incredibly busy) in Botswana. If you can get your accommodation booked early, you’re in for a treat.

    The Okavango is in full flood, Chobe and other parks are full of life, and the country is abuzz with international tourism.


    Peak season continues in Zimbabwe, with lowering water levels at Victoria Falls also meaning that white-water rafting can be included in your itinerary.

    Even though it is peak season, accommodation in the country’s national parks is usually available, with only Victoria Falls experiencing sold out accommodation.

    South Africa

    With fantastic safari conditions in the north and the beginning of whale-watching season in Cape Town, August is a terrific time to be heading to South Africa.

    There is plenty to see and do, but you’ll have to contend with other travellers with the same idea!


    Namibia is picture perfect in August. From the conditions in Etosha to the brilliantly blue skies over the Namib Desert and Skeleton Coast, you couldn’t ask for a better time of year to be visiting this gorgeous country.


    While temperatures begin to drop in August, Mozambique remains a great place to be. Days remain warm and tropical, with cooler nights.

    Scuba diving and fishing conditions remain terrific.

    Where to Travel in Africa in September

    September is Kenya’s time to shine, with the Maasai Mara taking centre stage as the Wildebeest Migration arrives.

    All across Africa, conditions are terrific, with even Ethiopia coming to the party as rains taper off and the country begins to open itself up to tourists again.

    For the best bang for your buck, look at combining your Kenyan safari with an extended tour of Uganda.


    While the Wildebeest Migration will likely have made its way into Kenya by now, September remains a fantastic time to be exploring Tanzania.

    With peak season crowds dropping off a little, you can take an extended safari across the plains of the Serengeti & Ngorongoro, make your way down to the Southern Circuit to explore Selous or Mikumi, and finish it all up with terrific conditions on Zanzibar.


    Arguably the best time of year to be in Kenya, September sees the Wildebeest Migration making a temporary home for itself on the Maasai Mara.

    While demand for accommodation in the Mara and other nearby parks remains high, you can explore northern parks such as Samburu without the crowds.


    While dry season is coming to an end, conditions for gorilla trekking remain good throughout September. The occasional rainfall isn’t enough to turn the mountains into a muddy mess, so you can still see the gorgeous mountain gorillas up close.


    September is a fine time to be visiting Uganda, with peak season crowds diminishing but conditions remaining good for game drives and primate trekking alike.


    While the first half of the month is usually rainy and unpleasant, things start to look truly gorgeous by month’s end. With the country looking lush and alive, a late September trip to Ethiopia is a possibility.


    Botswana remains world-class in September, with demand for accommodation remaining high across the country.

    Expect to book early and pay top dollar for your trip in September, but you’ll be getting a spectacular experience.


    While conditions in September remain terrific, the diminishing crowds make September the perfect time of year to be planning your trip.

    As dry season forces wildlife into closer proximity, game-viewing conditions are terrific.

    Attractions such as white-water rafting and the Devil’s Pool are available in September.

    South Africa

    South Africa is terrific in September. Game-viewing in the north remains world-class, while the whale migration along the Garden Route makes it an ideal time to be visiting the country’s south.

    While weather in the south can be a bit wet and cool, the entire country is nonetheless spectacular in September.


    Like August before it, Namibia is just amazing in September.

    From Etosha to Sossuvlei to Swakopmund to Windhoek, conditions are ideal for exploring this oft-overlooked gem.


    As European and American holidaymakers begin to make their way back home, Mozambique remains gorgeous in September.

    If you’re looking to explore the country without contending with the crowds, September is an ideal time to be visiting.

    Where to Travel in Africa in October

    With temperatures begin to climb across southern Africa and the East African nations heading towards their rainy seasons, October can be a good time to avoid the worst of the peak season crowds without having to contend with poor viewing conditions.

    While not as good as the June – August window, October remains a fine time to visit Africa.


    October marks the last month of Tanzania’s peak season before the November rains, but conditions remain terrific across the country.

    From the north of the Serengeti all the way down to the Southern Circuit’s wild and rugged parks, there isn’t a bad place to be in October.

    Crowds tend to be lower than in July – September, so it is a good time to have a bit more peace and quiet on safari.


    Despite still being in peak season, October sees crowds begin to drop across Kenya. If you’re looking to catch the tail end of the Wildebeest Migration or you’re just looking to avoid the worst of the peak season crowds, this is the time of year to do it.


    While the short rainy season does equate to the occasional heavy downpour, the rains shouldn’t be enough to derail your plans to visit Rwanda in October.

    In fact, the sudden burst of hydration tends to make for more gorgeous landscapes and excellent birding conditions.


    It is shoulder season in Uganda, meaning lower prices on luxury lodges!

    Conditions at Murchison Falls and along the Nile are especially nice at this time in comparison to the eastern parks, but the entire country is very much open for business.

    Murchison Falls NP


    With the rains finally behind us, Ethiopia becomes a viable option again in October. The entire country is verdant and alive with life thanks to the rains, making for truly stunning landscapes.

    Crowds remain low, so you won’t be fighting for accommodation, either!


    Temperatures begin to soar in October, but this works in your favour – as herbivores and predators alike are driven to diminishing water sources to escape the heat. If you’ve ever wanted to see a hunt or a kill, you’re in the right place! Conditions across the country remain great for game-viewing.


    If you can handle the heat, Zimbabwe remains a good choice in October. Like Botswana, the heat drives wildlife towards watering holes, making game drives all the easier.

    South Africa

    October is a great time to be in South Africa. The safari parks remain alive with life ahead of rainy season, while the Cape region finally gets a reprieve from the wet, winter weather.

    cape town


    October marks the peak of dry season in Namibia. This means temperatures in excess of 29C most days, but it also means wildlife congregate around what few water sources remain.

    If you can handle the soaring mercury, you’ll find the country is quite gorgeous in October.


    While the temperatures are high in October, it’s the perfect excuse to spend your Mozambique trip relaxing on the coast.

    Scuba diving conditions are arguably at their best in October, so grab a mask and head on in!

    Where to Travel in Africa in November

    November tends to be something of a low season across Africa, although Mozambique, Uganda, and South Africa remain quite good.

    If you’re looking to do your safari on a budget, November can be a great time to score a great deal on luxury properties.


    November marks Tanzania’s short rainy season, with the inclement weather meaning taller grass, muddier roads, and more scattered wildlife.

    If you’re looking to experience a luxury safari on a budget, however, November provides you with an excellent opportunity to capitalize on low season rates without the same level of rain you would find during the longer rainy season (April-May).


    Like Tanzania, Kenya experiences a short rainy season during the month of November, and prices fall almost as fast as the rain. You can get some superb deals on luxury accommodation in November, making it a great time to plan that family safari you’ve always dreamed of.


    The rainy season continues in Rwanda, with short downpours making gorilla trekking conditions a little tougher than in the dry season. Nevertheless, Rwanda is very much open for business, and there is a strange beauty to its mountains and forests in the mist and rain.


    With the worst of the rains having passed during the month of October, Uganda is a green and gorgeous gem at this time of year. Shoulder season pricing, verdant parks, and less crowded tourist attractions make this a great time to be visiting the Pearl of Africa.

    Gorilla and chimpanzee trekking can be a little more difficult due to the muddier conditions and denser undergrowth, but the adventure is still very much on offer.


    November is a terrific time to be visiting Ethiopia. With the long rainy season now a distant memory, the nation is awash with colour. If you’ve ever wanted to see some of Ethiopia’s endemic wildlife, this is the time of year to be doing it.


    Dramatic thunderstorms sweep across Botswana in November, making for some pretty spectacular vistas.

    The less than ideal weather translates into a return to low season rates in Botswana, so it can be a great time to get a fantastic deal in what is a notoriously pricey safari destination.


    Between soaring temperatures and increased rainfall, Zimbabwe isn’t at its best in November. With that being said, low season rates and lower crowds do give you the opportunity to experience the country at a budget rate.

    Birders will be especially intrigue by Zimbabwe in November, as insect hatching season heralds huge numbers of migratory birds looking for an easy meal.

    While the Devil’s Pool and Mana Pools National Park are both closed for much of November, it can be a good time for white water rafting.

    South Africa

    South Africa enjoys terrific weather throughout the month of November. As spring transitions into summer, you can expect warmer days and more pleasant evenings.
    Wherever you’re going in South Africa, November is a good month to be doing it.


    If you’re looking to catch predators on the prowl in Etosha National Park, the November calving season is an ideal opportunity to do so.

    Despite this, the high temperatures and occasional thunderstorms do make for less than ideal conditions across Namibia, so you’ll need to bear that in mind when planning your trip.


    November remains a good time to be visiting Mozambique. Although rainy season begins towards the end of the month, you can still expect hot days, clear nights, and great snorkelling conditions.

    Where to Travel in Africa in December

    With the rainy season underway in southern Africa, the focus turns back to East Africa, where the November rains tend to reinvigorate the parched parks and bring about a rash of changes.

    Christmas through New Year’s is considered peak season virtually everywhere, with higher prices and huge demand for properties. You’ll want to factor this in if you’re hoping to celebrate Christmas or New Year’s Eve in Africa.


    The November rains tend to mix things up nicely in Tanzania, with parks such as Ruaha, Katavi, and Selous seeing dramatic changes in wildlife movement as they become green again.

    The Northern Circuit – especially the Serengeti and Ngorongoro – remain spectacular in December, with the calving season about to begin.

    Zanzibar resorts institute strict minimum stays from Christmas Eve through January 10th, so be prepared to have to commit to 3-5 nights as a minimum on the island.


    While early December can still be a bit wet, Kenya returns to business as usual by mid-December. The greener conditions do make game-viewing a little more difficult, but the decrease in crowds can make this a great time to have the parks to yourselves.

    Christmas and New Year’s remain extremely in demand.

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    With the rainy season done and a short dry season underway, Rwanda is immensely popular in December. Both gorilla permits and accommodation tend to be at a premium in December, so you’ll want to book early to avoid disappointment.


    Like Rwanda, Uganda is also terrific in December. With both local families and international travellers taking advantage of holidays to travel, you will encounter more competition for rooms and higher prices as a result.

    Still, if you book early enough, December is a fantastic time to be visiting Uganda.


    For those wishing to visit the Danakil Depression – the ‘hottest place on earth’ is considerably more pleasant during the month of December.

    Across the country, dynamic landscapes and diverse wildlife can be seen in terrific conditions. Like November, December is a terrific time to be visiting Ethiopia’s historic sites and natural wonders.


    Wet and hot, December is not an ideal time to be visiting Botswana. This extra rain does translate into brilliantly green landscapes and spectacular thunderstorms, however, so landscape photographers are in for a treat.

    Wildlife is very much out and about due to the boom in foliage, but the taller grass and abundance of water can make game-viewing difficult.


    The wet conditions make for muddier roads and sparser wildlife, so bear this in mind if you’re planning to visit Zimbabwe during December.

    Parks (and accommodation) are quieter and prices are lower, so it can certainly be a fine time to visit if you don’t mind the occasional torrential downpour or long, wet day.

    South Africa

    While game-viewing is not at its best in December, the Cape Town region and Garden Route are sublime in December.

    South Africa is arguably at its most popular at this time of year, with tourists from across the world converging on the rainbow nation for its spectacular weather. Beach properties are in especially high demand, while the Christmas to New Year’s period can be incredibly busy.


    December is a fine month to be visiting Namibia. While temperatures are still on the rise as summer approaches, rains do taper off.

    Etosha National Park and Sossusvlei are both gorgeous at this time of year.


    With hot days, clear mornings, and afternoon showers, Mozambique remains a fine choice in December. While cyclone season is just around the corner, the beaches of Mozambique remain quite spectacular.

    Turtle spotting is especially fine in December.

    With weather being unpredictable in December, we do not advise short trips to Mozambique. You’ll want a few buffer days in your itinerary, just in case the rains ‘spoil’ your day’s plans.

  • Nairobi City Guide - The Vibrant Heart Of Kenya

    July 20, 2023

    Nairobi: a captivating blend of modernity and rich cultural heritage in a bustling metropolis. Come and explore the urban charm and untamed wilderness of Kenya’s fascinating capital city.

    From the moment you set foot in Nairobi, prepare to be enveloped in a sensory feast. This city is a testament to contrasts, where sleek modern skyscrapers stand tall against the backdrop of sweeping savannah plains, and bustling markets pulse with the vibrant rhythms of Kenyan culture. Nairobi's deep-rooted history, spanning from colonial times to the present, beckons you to explore its cultural landmarks, including museums that showcase the diverse heritage of Kenya.

    Kenya, located in East Africa, is a captivating country known for its diverse landscapes, rich wildlife, and vibrant culture. From the iconic savannahs of Maasai Mara to the cultural tapestry of its ethnic groups, Kenya draws in adventurers and nature lovers from around the globe.

    Beyond its urban facade, Nairobi's proximity to remarkable natural attractions, such as Nairobi National Park and the nearby Rift Valley, allows you to embark on unforgettable encounters with majestic wildlife. Whether you seek bustling markets, tantalizing cuisine, vibrant nightlife, or thrilling day trips, Nairobi has something to captivate the heart of every traveler.

    This guide will look at Nairobi’s trendy restaurants and bars, unique accommodations, and interesting things to do and see when you’re in the city.

    Join us on a journey as we unveil the vibrant soul of Nairobi, where the essence of Africa and the spirit of adventure intertwine, immersing you in an experience of a lifetime.

    Eat and Drink in Nairobi

    • The Talisman
      Nestled in Nairobi's Karen suburb, The Talisman is a delightful gem that enchants with its charming garden ambiance. Their diverse menu caters to a range of tastes, featuring locally sourced ingredients and global flavors. Indulge in grilled meats, seafood, and a variety of vegetarian options, all prepared to perfection.
    • Sushi Mitsuki
      Bringing the authentic flavors of Japan to the heart of Kenya. Sushi Mitsuki features a menu of sushi rolls, sashimi, and other traditional dishes (as well as some innovative creations), all meticulously prepared with fresh, high-quality ingredients. This restaurant is a must-visit for sushi enthusiasts and lovers of Japanese cuisine.
    • Peppertree
      The charming Peppertree's menu showcases a range of delectable dishes, from gourmet burgers and steaks to vegetarian options and tantalizing desserts, inspired by diverse international cuisines. The restaurant is committed to using fresh, high-quality ingredients, which is clear in every bite.
    • Beit é Selam
      Beit é Selam showcases the vibrant Ethiopian cuisine in the heart of the city. Their menu features traditional Ethiopian dishes, including injera (a sourdough flatbread), flavorful stews, and a variety of vegetarian options. With rich aromas, bold spices, and friendly service, Beit é Selam brings the essence of Ethiopian hospitality to the heart of Kenya.
    • Hero Restaurant
      Located in the heart of the city, this restaurant offers a sophisticated combination of global flavors with local inspiration. Hero's menu features a creative fusion of dishes, crafted with the finest ingredients and presented with flair. From fresh seafood and prime cuts of meat to innovative vegetarian options, the restaurant caters for everyone.
    • Cultiva Kenya
      Known for their creative and innovative dishes, Cultiva takes pride in using fresh ingredients sourced from their own local farm to create unique flavor combinations. The restaurant's menu showcases a fusion of global cuisines, including many vegan options, prepared with skill and artistry. Their menu rotates weekly with beautifully-plated dishes, enticing desserts, and inventive beverages.
    • Urban Eatery
      A vibrant dining experience in the heart of the city. Urban Eatery's menu showcases a fusion of global cuisines, featuring a diverse range of dishes crafted with locally sourced ingredients. From mouthwatering burgers and gourmet pizzas to flavorful salads and indulgent desserts, the restaurant caters to all tastes.

    Accommodations in Nairobi

    • Tribe Hotel
      Tribe Hotel is a luxurious sanctuary that combines contemporary elegance with authentic African charm. With its sleek architecture, stylish interiors, and exquisite attention to detail, the Tribe Hotel creates an atmosphere of refined comfort. Located in the affluent suburb of Gigiri, the hotel features spacious rooms and suites adorned with African-inspired decor, complemented by modern amenities and personalized service. Guests can enjoy the delectable cuisine at the on-site restaurants, unwind at the spa, or relax by the sparkling pool.
    • Giraffe Manor
      A truly unique retreat that offers an extraordinary wildlife experience right at your accommodation. Nestled in a leafy suburb of the city, Giraffe Manor is renowned for its resident Rothschild giraffes who freely roam the property. Guests have the opportunity to interact with these gentle giants up close, as the giraffes often poke their heads through the windows to greet visitors during breakfast and tea time. The manor itself is a charming colonial-style mansion, exuding elegance and old-world charm.
    • Palacina Residence and Suites
      A boutique hotel that offers a luxurious retreat in the heart of the city. With its elegant and contemporary design, Palacina Residence and Suites boasts spacious suites and apartments, meticulously designed to provide utmost comfort and privacy. Guests have access to a range of amenities, including a spa, fitness center, and a high-quality restaurant, for a refined and relaxing experience in Nairobi.

    What to do in Nairobi

    • Nairobi National Park
      Nairobi National Park is a unique gem, located just outside the city center. This remarkable wildlife sanctuary allows you to witness a range of African wildlife against a backdrop of the city’s skyscrapers. Spanning over 117 square kilometers, it is one of the few national parks in the world that exists within a capital city's limits, and is home to a diverse range of wildlife, including lions, giraffes, zebras, rhinos, and a variety of bird species.
    • Maasai Market
      For a taste of authentic Kenyan culture, head to the Maasai Market. This bustling open-air market pulsates with vibrant energy and offers a treasure trove of local crafts, traditional artifacts, clothing, and jewelry. Chat with local artisans, haggle for unique souvenirs, and embrace the vibrant colors and patterns of Maasai culture. The market is a haven for those seeking one-of-a-kind gifts and mementos.
    • Uhuru Park
      Find tranquility in the heart of Nairobi at Uhuru Park, a serene oasis that offers respite from the bustling cityscape. Spanning over 12.9 hectares, this iconic public park is a beloved recreational spot for locals and visitors alike. With its lush green lawns, tranquil lakes, and scenic walking trails, Uhuru Park is an ideal space for leisurely strolls, picnics, and outdoor activities. The park also boasts iconic landmarks such as the Freedom Corner, a significant historical site for political gatherings and speeches.
    • Shadows’ Choice: Nai Nami Street Tours
      Nai Nami Street Tours in Nairobi offer a unique experience, providing visitors with a glimpse into the city's vibrant street culture. Led by former street kids who have transformed their lives, these guided tours take you through the bustling streets of Nairobi, showcasing local markets, street art, historical landmarks, and hidden gems. Nai Nami's passionate guides share personal stories, insights, and local perspectives, offering a genuine and authentic encounter with the city's vibrant energy and diverse communities. It's an opportunity to not only explore Nairobi's urban landscape but also contribute to social impact initiatives that empower and uplift the lives of local youth.
    • Sheldrick Foundation
      Dedicated to the conservation and protection of elephants and other wildlife, The Sheldrick Foundation operates an orphanage that rescues and rehabilitates orphaned baby elephants, providing them with specialized care and support. Visitors can witness the incredible work done by the foundation through educational visits, learning about the conservation efforts and even participate in feeding and interacting with the adorable young elephants. The foundation plays a vital role in raising awareness about wildlife conservation and offers a heartwarming experience that highlights the importance of protecting these majestic creatures for future generations.

    Nairobi’s Culture

    • Nairobi National Museum
      The Nairobi National Museum is a treasure trove of Kenyan history, culture, and art. Explore its diverse exhibits with archaeological artifacts, ethnographic displays, traditional crafts, contemporary art collections, and more. The museum also features exhibits on the country's flora, fauna, and geological formations, as well as an impressive collection of fossils, including those of early hominids discovered in the region. Visitors can explore Kenya's diverse cultures, learn about its prehistoric past, and appreciate contemporary African art.
    • Bomas of Kenya
      The Bomas of Kenya is a cultural center located just outside Nairobi that offers a captivating glimpse into Kenya's rich heritage. This unique venue showcases traditional music, dance, art, and crafts from various ethnic groups across the country. Visitors can immerse themselves in the vibrant performances of tribal dances, witness intricate beadwork, and see the craftsmanship of traditional homesteads. The Bomas of Kenya also features a fascinating display of traditional artifacts and offers educational programs to promote cultural awareness. It serves as a vibrant hub where visitors can experience the diversity and traditions of Kenya's diverse communities, making it a must-visit destination for those seeking an authentic cultural experience.
    • Fairview Coffee Estate
      The Fairview Coffee Estate offers a unique and immersive coffee experience for both enthusiasts and curious visitors alike. The estate showcases a journey through the world of coffee production. Guests have the opportunity to explore the lush coffee plantations, learn about the cultivation process, and witness the meticulous art of coffee bean harvesting. The estate also features a charming café where visitors can enjoy freshly brewed coffee made from beans grown on-site.
    • GoDown Arts Centre
      The GoDown Arts Centre is a vibrant creative hub that fosters artistic expression and cultural exchange. Located in the Industrial Area, this dynamic space serves as a platform for artists from various disciplines, including visual arts, performing arts, music, and more. The GoDown Arts Centre hosts exhibitions, performances, workshops, and residencies, providing a nurturing environment for artists to showcase their talents and collaborate with fellow creatives. It is also home to several arts organizations, studios, and galleries, contributing to the thriving artistic community in Nairobi. A must-visit destination for anyone who wants to explore the arts scene of Nairobi.
    • Karen Blixen Museum
      Step into the world of the famous Danish author Karen Blixen, best known for her memoir "Out of Africa". The Karen Blixen Museum, located in a serene suburb of Nairobi, provides a glimpse into her life and the colonial era in Kenya. Explore the beautifully preserved farmhouse, stroll through the enchanting gardens, and learn about Blixen's extraordinary life and her connection to the country.

    There’s so much to do in Nairobi!

    …and this guide is only scratching the surface.

    Nairobi, the vibrant heart of Kenya, invites you to embark on a captivating journey where modernity and rich cultural heritage intertwine. Whether you're a nature enthusiast, a culinary explorer, or an art aficionado, Nairobi has an abundance of experiences to offer. Embrace the essence of Africa and indulge your spirit of adventure in this truly unique destination.

    Nairobi is a city that seamlessly blends its urban landscape with its cultural heritage, making it an enchanting destination where the essence of Africa and the spirit of adventure intertwine. Whether you're a nature lover, a food enthusiast, or an art aficionado, the city welcomes you to explore its vibrant soul and create unforgettable memories. Let Nairobi weave its spell and create unforgettable memories that will linger long after you've left.

  • See the Serengeti from a Balloon!

    March 28, 2022

    Witness Tanzania’s breathtaking landscapes from the sky

    If you ask the average person the best way to enjoy a safari, the idea of flying over the wilderness in a balloon may not come up.

    But, if you ask us, we will definitely tell you all about the wonderful and unique experience of taking a safari from the air!

    See the natural wonders of the Serengeti or Tarangire with all the serenity and all the romance that a luxurious hot-air balloon offers. A balloon safari is truly an unforgettable experience.

    Take a balloon ride in the African skies!

    As you cross the plains at a comfortable altitude of 1000 feet, the landscapes will amaze you. This perspective also offers a unique view of the Great Migration in progress.

    We can arrange a balloon safari on your trips to Tarangire, Serengeti, Maasai Mara, and Ruaha; four of the most beautiful natural places anywhere on the planet.

    Rise from your bed and rise to the sky - the best time of day for a balloon safari is first thing in the morning. The rising sun illuminates a fantastic horizon, which you are able to see in full panorama from your balloon.

    Watch the sun peek up over the horizon to greet all the wildlife down below. You will be able to see cheetahs, lions, leopards, elephants, buffalos, hippos, hyenas, vultures, eagles, wildebeest, zebras, baboons, warthogs, monkeys, giraffes, and more - all right as they wake up and start their day!

    If you thought this journey could not be more romantic, you will be pleasantly surprised upon touching down in the wilderness with a delicious champagne breakfast waiting for you. In our humble opinion, a luxurious meal surrounded by acacia trees and grassy plains in a peaceful corner of Africa is one of the best ways to start your day!

    Nothing can quite compare to the experience of flying over Tanzania’s open plains at sunrise.

    Find out more and get in touch to arrange a sky safari today!

  • Things to Do in Arusha: Tours & Day Trips from Arusha

    November 11, 2019
    Tanzania's safari capital is far more than just a place to overnight before your safari. The home city of Shadows of Africa is a diverse city of cuisines and cultures just begging to be explored.
  • Snow on Kilimanjaro in October

    Bryan Fawcett
    November 23, 2017

    One of the strangest things to experience in hot humid October in Africa, is snow! The only reason for it is altitude, yet it still is strange! Coming from overseas, it is cold already and snow is normal, but for us Africans, this is not normal at all, even temperatures below 5 degrees Celsius is most parts of Africa! As seen in the pictures below the landscape of Kilimanjaro changes completely and the beauty of it does not disappoint.

    Two beautiful young ladies completed their bucket list item in the snow! Starting in the raging heat and humidity of Moshi, they started the gradual climb, first to the base of Kilimanjaro where they met the team that would help them summit the largest free-standing mountain in the world. Acquiring on the permits and park fees etc takes several hours, before you start climbing the mountain at lunchtime. Now the distance to the summit on the popular Machame route is but is takes several days to it, due to the elevation increase. Doing an average of 7km a day, the climb up the mountain is physically draining on the body. So up the mountain they climbed, slowly and steadily under the watchful eye of our guide Amir.

    Taking many stops along the way, to eat or just take shorts rests to catch your breath on the ever less oxygen availability. Hiding behind rocks and large boulders, these women re-hydrated on water and replenished their belly’s with snacks. From the stunning photos you can see the change in vegetation to the lack thereof. From the rain forest at the base and light showers, to the barren lands with harsh winds and snow; the scenery has the ability to make you hold your breath in each of these places on the way up and down the mountain.

    Close to the summit one has to climb over and around a glacier, one of the few left in Africa. Snow encompasses the entire peak of the mountain, temperatures drop well before zero. Starting in the early morning, 3 a.m. to be exact, with an all dawn trek, they get to see the sunrise right at the peak of the mountain. Stopping to take stunning shots of the landscape, that this elevation provides. The pictures below show you that this is certainly true. It takes 6 days to climb and about a day to decline. The same day you summit you are back in Moshi, stoked beyond belief. The climb down is fast, and much shorter than most. It is a long day but most likely the one you will remember for a lifetime to come!

    Climbing this mountain does require some level of fitness, when preparing to climb Kilimanjaro make sure you have it a good hiking fitness is good. At Shadows Of Africa, we make sure you are kept safe and healthy all the way up and down, our guide and porters are there to assist you with any need. If you haven’t climbed any of the mountains in East Africa yet, contact us today to get details.


  • Climbers Experiences on Mount Kilimanjaro

    Bryan Fawcett
    September 30, 2017

    We all get told climbing Mount Kilimanjaro is amazing, that it is one of the seven great peaks to climb on your bucket list; here is some great stories of guests who climbed it recently. First, before I relate these stories to you, let me give you an overview of the largest mountain in Africa. For it has a few facts that most people get confused with. Mt. Kilimanjaro is located in the Republic of Tanzania, in East Africa, most people think it in Kenya as well just like they think the Serengeti is in Kenya too; but they are not, Tanzania is the place for these great features.

    Our latest brochure is about Mount Kilimanjaro and it explains to you what we offer and what is needed for this bucket list adventure of climbing this mountain. There are a few routes, but we mainly take our guests up the Marangu route or the Machame routes. The number of days needed to climb and get back down vary per route and per group! So when booking, make sure you know these important details, because these details will make your Kilimanjaro trek far more satisfactory and enjoyable. Below is a story from one of our guests recently.

    For the Mt Meru trek, our group of 3 were led by Amir and his team of support staff (1 cook, 1 waiter/head porter and 5 other porters). We were grouped together with 3 other companies totaling 9 clients. This was because visitors to Arusha National Park are required to be accompanied by one of their armed rangers which there are a limited number of. Shadows of Africa was noticeably more professional than the other companies I saw. During the trip briefing, Amir made sure that we all had the necessary clothing and equipment by actually checking what we brought over. Our heart rates and oxygen levels were monitored and recorded at the end of every day during the trek (something I’ve never had to do elsewhere — nice touch!). We were talking to our other fellows trekkers with other companies, and almost none of them were as well briefed as us. Some were quite unprepared clothing wise and their guides lacked professionalism (more on that below). The porter to client ratio is apparently set to 2:1 and they each have a weight limit restriction as the government is trying to dissuade operators from overloading their porters. So it’s not surprising if the number of support staff is quite large relative to the group size. My recommendation would be to do the 3D/2N option instead and ask your operator beforehand if they can arrange a car to pick you up from Miriakamba Hut and drive directly back down to the park gates.

    Our guide, Amir was an excellent guide given his experience in leading treks up to the much higher, Mount Kilimanjaro. My friend felt weak from stomach problems before the trek even started, and he provided attentive care throughout the entire trek. On the morning of the third day when we were summiting, one of the other trekkers started feeling unwell with blurred vision likely due to the effects of high altitude. As we were at the front of the group, we didn’t find out about her condition until well into the summiting trek. It’s to my understanding that her own guide (who was also the park ranger overlooking all of us) had her keep going up and barely addressed her concerns. Amir had to step in and lead her hand-in-hand safely back down. I’m quite disappointed on how the guides from the other companies handled the situation as they barely provided any help. Even though the girl wasn’t their own client, they somehow didn’t find it in them to even provide words of comfort. They just stood off to the side. I’ve been on many treks before where the guide doesn’t really play an important role but after this incident, I now realize how important it is to have an experienced guide. Amir saved the day! I highly recommend requesting for him for trekking tours with Shadows of Africa.

  • Adventures on Safaris this July

    Bryan Fawcett
    September 21, 2017

    The safaris in July were absolutely fantastic, our clients truly enjoyed themselves, and were left awestruck. The parks traveled to were mainly the Serengeti, Tarangire and Manyara. We had a variety of clients, from families to just single people traveling in groups or by themselves.

    Our drivers are some of the most experienced locals in the industry, because of this the guests leave not sightings species but also are able to tell stories to their families and friends back home about these beautiful creatures. Our goal is to create experiences for our guests and educate them about Africa and the beauty of it. As distances are far getting from one place to another, it is guaranteed that our drivers will make the drive pleasant filled with laughter and stories about this great continent.

    Most of our safaris have a cultural tour inserted inside which allows the guests to experience first-hand shooting bows and arrows, watch how domestic animals are skinned if you have the stomach for it that is. Otherwise, you can learn how to throw Maasai spears. In these tours, you learn about the culture of the native people in the area and how they live, their traditions and history, sources of income and food. What amazes myself and I am sure most of you, is how they have integrated their cultures etc into the modern world, yet the simplicity of their lives is outstanding. Could you live like this even for just a week?

    As this particular dry season, this year has been drier than normal, the wildlife was pretty scattered across the parks in search of water and food, having a great sighting of animals was pretty lucky. By the photos in this post, you can see that the guests made great memories and had lots of fun. If you have not been to Africa yet, or not this part of Africa we can assure you that memorable experiences will be created with us.

    The migration in July was in northern Serengeti, the river crossing sightings were spectacular! As this is the time of year that they are moving in between the Maasai Mara and the Serengeti. The Mara River is one of the best places to see the famous wildebeest river crossings. Here you will how the animals cross and how the predators take advantage of this movement of animals. In Africa, survival of the fittest and strongest is essential to life. At first, the wildebeest are shy then they literally surge across, here picking out prey is easy for the crocodiles; lions sit and wait for them, and catch them whilst they are weary or the stragglers that are hesitant to cross. Watching the circle of life take place in right in front of you is truly amazing!

    Those that visited Tarangire National Park, got the opportunity of seeing the largest mammals in Africa, the African elephant, this park holds the largest elephant population in East Africa, thereby you won’t drive far without seeing these majestic animals. You will also have seen the ground hornbill, those big black birds with red beaks. Did you know that the elephants are ruled by the Matriarch, the females are the ones who control what is going on in the herd, and the males get kicked out at times.

    If you read our reviews on TripAdvisor you will be able to read the personal stories of the guests on safaris. Join us on an adventure and tick of those items on your bucket list! You can contact us at info@shadowsofafrica.com

  • Planning a Dream Honeymoon in Africa

    June 1, 2017
    Planning your dream honeymoon? The Shadows of Africa team can arrange something truly unforgettable across our huge selection of destinations.
  • "Mother Bear" Visited Tanzanian Orphanage

    January 30, 2017

    The Shadows of Africa Team has a fantastic source of inspiration: our customers. Not only adventurers, but people with open hearts and great ways of thinking.

    Patty and Kathleen from the USA brought one extra bag for their safari. We were surprised to find out it was full of hand-made bears. Kathleen has been a part of the community, “Mother Bear” for fourteen years and they have sent thousands of bears to different African countries.

    Now her dream came true – she finally had an opportunity to give these bears to kids in person!Lesia and Julia from our team joined the ladies for the orphanage visit. They headed to Africa Amini Life, which is famous not only because of its unique lodge but because of its successful social projects such as the local hospital, school, and orphanage support.

    One of the founders of Africa Amini, Austrian doctor Kornelia Wallner, met guests in the hospital and escorted them to the orphanage. She shared a story about a newborn child they’d just saved from death. Unfortunately, the mother died giving birth, but the baby was strong enough to survive. That’s why they gave her the name, Leon, which sounds close to “lion”.

    It seems like these bears really have lots of a mother’s warmth that kids from the orphanage are looking for. All of them were more than excited to get their presents and started playing immediately, trying to guess their new friends’ names. Kathleen and Peggy taught the kids to sing a “Teddy Bear Song” and the kids all banded together to teach the ladies how to sing a popular local song, “Jambo”.

    We are proud of our travelers who can bring additional meaning to their African journey. It’s not that hard to do something great and important in your life, you just need to be brave enough to start!

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