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Where To Go In Africa In September

Travelling on Safari in September

As the dry season really sets in across East and Southern Africa, September is a popular choice for wildlife viewing. South Luangwa in Zambia is known for its walking safaris and prolific sightings of leopard, which are even easier to spot in the parched land at this time. Mornings are chilly, so we recommend getting out in the bush early before the temperatures rise and wildlife seeks out shade.

In Southern Africa, winter’s crisp conditions are replaced by perfect ‘not-too-hot-not-too-cold’ weather. Namibia and Botswana are excellent destinations for a safari in September. Waterholes and riverbanks are crowded with animals and destinations such as BwaBatwa National Park and the Chobe River deliver very close sightings of elephants. You will also see plenty of alert, swivel-eared antelope at the water’s edge - these large concentrations of game attract predators and your chances of seeing big cats and wild dogs in action are high.

Over in East Africa, the Wildebeest Migration’s herds are enjoying a well-deserved temporary stay in Kenya after surviving their treacherous river crossings, which makes the Masai Mara one of the best places to visit in Africa in September. Tanzania’s lesser-known parks and reserves see much less visitors so if you’re looking for uncrowded game viewing in supreme wilderness areas, destinations like Ruaha and Selous are great options for a safari in September. Tarangire National Park in northern Tanzania has its own elephant migration at this time of year.

Choosing the best places to visit in Africa in September depends entirely on what you’d like to see and experience. To make your decision a little easier, here are our best recommendations for where to go in September.