Halfway through the year, Africa’s dry winter months arrive marking the start of safari peak season.
Southern Africa’s best wildlife destinations lie under clear skies in June. Its frosty nights and chilly mornings may take you by surprise (bring warm clothes and dress in layers for game drives), but in Southern Africa there’s very little rain between June and October. Less rain and water means that wildlife concentrate around the last remaining rivers and waterholes, making animals easier to locate.
Experiencing Victoria Falls at any time of year is impressive, but in June the water levels are at their peak. Hwange National Park in Zimbabwe particularly stands out at this time when its dry season begins and it is rich with wildlife. Days are short so there’s no need to get up very early for the morning game drive, and the rainy-season mosquitoes and bugs have largely disappeared.
But it is in East Africa where things become very interesting in June. Some of Africa’s most sought-after wildlife events put their best attractions on display. The Migration can be seen in the western corridor of the Serengeti. This is a great time to combine an East African game safari in Kenya or Tanzania with either gorilla trekking (Rwanda, Uganda or Congo) or an island getaway to Pemba, just off the coast of Tanzania.
Sardine run begins in June, through to July. Huge shoals of sardines converge in the waters of southern Kwa-Zulu Natal, bringing marine and bird predators in their wake, resulting in a feeding frenzy.
This is a phenomenal month for game-viewing across all of southern and eastern Africa from June until the end of October: Tanzania, Uganda, Kenya, Congo, Malawi, Zambia, Namibia, Botswana, South Africa, Zimbabwe and Mozambique.
In May and June the wildebeest herds gradually move through the western corridor, crossing over the Grumeti River. The rut can be seen in the Grumeti region now too. Walking safaris can be taken in Tanzania's private reserves from June.