October indicates the end of the dry seasons in Eastern and Southern Africa and game viewing remains very good. In Eastern Africa, the temperatures tend to remain moderate, however in Southern Africa the temperatures and humidity increase drastically every day making mid-day siestas a must have.
The first rains start to hit certain regions later in the month, but you will still enjoy good game viewing in the majority of the countries. This rainfall does not usually affect the quality of safari – in some areas, it is simply a refreshing break from the high temperatures that characterise the end of the dry season.
In northern Namibia, October is an overlap month as the onset of the rains creates some greenery to the desert. Visitor numbers also drop, creating some truly remote wilderness experiences. In Botswana, game viewing intensifies, especially as water is in short supply if the rains have not yet fallen, making wildlife viewing a breath-taking spectacle.
Temperatures are still on the rise in the Seychelles, Mozambique, and Mauritius, as these countries move towards the summer months.
See the migration of elephant migration in Tarangire National Park. Wonderful wildlife viewing experiences continue across Tanzania.
The nesting season for hawksbill turtles starts in October and runs through to December. Hawksbill are known to come ashore to nest during the day so can be easily seen as part of your conservation safari.
October is the perfect time to go fishing at Murchison Falls for Nile perch.
Head to beautiful Mafia Island to swim amongst whale sharks (Oct-March). This is also the perfect time to see them off the coast of Tofo, Mozambique, as the plankton is at its peak attracting large numbers to feed.
Game-viewing is phenomenal from June to October due to the grasses and undergrowth drying out, making visibility excellent. Wildlife gathers around dwindling water sources, meaning that it's easy to find them and see their interactions.
In the largest migration of mammals on the planet, straw-coloured fruit bats migrate to a specific patch of woodland in a region of Kasanka National Park in October. The skies are filled with epic numbers and the trees are heavy with them roosting.
The flood waters are receding from the fringes giving a greater access to land. This is a wonderful time to see wildlife by game drive vehicle, take a mobile safari and walk with your guide.
July to November is a good time to see whales migrating around the coasts of South Africa, Mozambique, Madagascar, São Tomé and Príncipe and the Seychelles. We recommend staying in a private beachside villa or a private island for the most extraordinary experiences.
Chimpanzee and gorilla safaris are still good in Volcanoes National Park Rwanda, Bwindi in Uganda and Odzala in the Republic of Congo through to October.
This is the South African spring season and wild flowers bloom in a riot of colour. Namaqualand is carpeted in blooms in September and October.
Migratory carmine bee eaters arrive in Botswana, Zambia and Zimbabwe in September and October to nest. Best place to see is the South Luangwa, where many camps have hides you can watch them from. Skimmers arrive in Botswana in the Panhandle at this time too, to November.