Africa is a fantastic adventure, suitable for anyone who wants to experience lush beauty and world class locations. It can also be a daunting affair, so let us help you with our expert advice!
Planning an African Safari with Africa Roam is a great way to learn and explore and broaden your horizons!
Contact the team at Africa Roam and allow us to schedule a personal and professional consultation so that we can determine what your specific and unique interests are for a trip of a lifetime ( which will probably be repeated) – we’ll take care of every detail.
The areas in Africa that are prone to Malaria are the most populated ones… Regardless, in order to ensure that you are safe, we do however recommend that you consult your GP or a travel clinic before your stay in order to decide whether to take a prophylactic.
One of the easiest answers. Anytime is a great time to visit the many diverse areas of this massive Continent.
Cape Town has dry hot summers, while the Kruger National Park experience a summer rainfall.
The Victoria Falls usually has the highest volume of water during April and May. Enjoy Namibia during May and the blooming of the Wildflowers on the West Coast of the Cape Province during the end of August and start of Spring in the Southern Hemisphere.
Southern Right Whales visit the Cape coast during July – November and Treks on Kilimanjaro are recommended during March and June when the rain has washed all the dust away!
Safari is at any time of the year a great and at least deserving of an once in a lifetime experience!
The best time of year to visit depends very much on your preferences. There is something wonderful about experiencing nature in different seasons and a magical sighting is possible at any time of year.
Like snowflakes, no two destinations in Africa are the same. Your safari experience is custom designed to suit you, so we go to great care to ensure that you are happy with the destinations we’ve selected for you. From foraging with gorillas to trekking Mount Kilimanjaro, to sipping locally crafted Gin in a fabulous Rooftop Bar in Cape Town, the Continent of Africa has a surprise waiting for you around every corner!
Costs vary wildly, but we will do our best to lodge you at accommodation that suits your needs and pocket. Depending on how remote the African safari location is, accommodation costs could skyrocket! From 5 star resorts to Tented Safari Camps, there is an accommodation option that will suit you. We are happy to advise you with expert knowledge on the different options available and will make sure that you are safe and comfortable regardless of where you stay.
African cuisine is world-class, a fusion of local and international food that will have you wishing for your next meal. Lodges, hotels, guest houses, private chalets and more can all be outfitted with a private chef if desired, to ensure the very best quality of food.
There are many international exchange establishments, banks and more that can exchange your Dollars, Euros, etc. into South African Rand (the local currency of South Africa). For Travel elsewhere on the continent, US dollars in small denominations are recommended.
Visa and Mastercard are widely accepted.
- Sun cream and insect repellent are always provided on game drives but you may like to bring your own if you have a personal preference.
- Binoculars are available but your own set will allow you appreciate the beauty of the many birds that can be seen on drives, and also enjoy close up views of the game.
- A small compact camera will be fine for taking photographs; a digital SLR with interchangeable lenses is recommended for longer range pictures, birds and close-ups.
- For game drives, neutral colours are recommended (khaki, beige, green, stone, denim blue, black). Bright colours (pink, red, purple, yellow, white) are best avoided.
- Waterproof jackets are advisable for stays from September to April ( this is for Southern Africa) and “ Short” Rains in October – December and “Long” rains during March – May. Rain ponchos and blankets are provided on game drive vehicles but you may wish to bring a little extra protection.
- Gloves, a warm hat, warm jackets or fleeces are recommended from April to August as it can get cold on game drives in the early morning and late evening (though not usually wet at this time of year in Southern Africa).
- East Africa has a more temperate climate during ‘winter’.
- For bush walks, bring comfortable walking shoes and long trousers, as grass may be wet due to morning dew in summer.
- A hat is recommended on game drives, along with sunglasses to protect your eyes from the strong African sun.
- The dress code around most lodges and camps are informal but you may like to dress up for dinner, bearing in mind that temperatures can drop at night so an extra layer might be a good idea.
Temperatures in summer (from October to end of February) can reach between 16°C (61°F) after a rainy cold front and climb up to a scorching 40°C (104°F) on a really hot day.
Temperatures in winter (from May through to the end of August) can be as low as 0°C (32°F) on the morning game drives and climb up to a comfortable 18°C (64°F) by lunch time.
The Kruger National Park is situated in South Africa’s lowveld which experiences summer rainfall and very occasional winter rainfall.
January, February & March
The new year heralds a time of new life, and adorable offspring all around. Southern Serengeti hosts the wildebeest birthing season, while Kenya is abounding with young predators getting playful.
April, May & June
The emerald season in April means everything is fresh, new and full of vitality – flowers blooming, birds breeding, and lush rich life is everywhere. In Serengeti, cheetah and wild dog are feasting while they can on the glut of the wildebeest calving season before the herds move north in search of greener pastures, as May and June dry out. In the Mara, the river brings life to the plains where the game are in rut, and elephant abound. Look out for lion in trees, looking for vantage over the long grass. In short, it’s our very favourite ‘secret season’, and a magical time to bring the family for an Easter getaway.
July, August & September
The buzz is all about the wildebeest river crossings, but it’s important to make sure the gnus don’t steal the whole show: the Mara especially offers incredible big cat sightings.
The cooler, drier weather at this time of year makes getting out on foot the perfect way to get to grips with these stunning landscapes.
October, November & December
Late October and early November see the last of the wildebeest river crossings before the herds begin to move to the edge of the short-grass plains in southern Serengeti for the unparalleled spectacle that is their birthing season. As the wildebeest empty out, so do the people, and these three months in the Mara before the festive season mark a spectacular time to roam and explore without the distraction of other vehicles and the millions-strong herds.