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Where To Go In Africa In January

Travelling on Safari in January

Tropical downpours occur in most of southern Africa, meaning short bursts of rain which literally just reduces the temperature and leaves everything looking fresh and new.

However the hot summer of South Africa’s Western and Eastern Cape means high temperatures and zero rainfall there, which provides good opportunities for you to spot the Big Five in the region’s malaria-free private game reserves. We also recommend Kenya in January, if you want to see new-born animals. The fresh rains create a carpet of green on the savannah that supports the annual baby-boom of plains game.

In sub-Saharan Africa, January is midsummer. Africa in January is magnificent, and many regions are wearing their seasonal finery. In several cases, African beach destinations are at their best in January and a handful of countries deliver some of the most rewarding safari trips in January. Animal migrations are in full swing, beaches are hot and dry.

With top experiences ranging from gorilla trekking and uncrowded game viewing to scuba diving and wine tasting, here is our guide to where to go in Africa in January.


South Africa coastlines: turtle nesting period

Season for turtle nesting for the leatherback and the logger head turtles along the southern African coastline. Maputaland has several sites.