The most fruitful game-viewing period in Africa is in the dry season.
Permanent water supplies assemble animals and the vegetation becomes thinned out. This optimum safari season usually includes winter (May – August) and the hot spring months of September and October.
The climate is comfortable in the dry winter months of May, June, July and August. Then the daytime temperatures are mild and the nights a little cool. An ideal opportunity for animal viewing in the top safari locations of southern Africa, because the shrubs and trees don’t have so many leaves to obstruct the view.
Given that it hardly ever rains in winter, the animals must come to the waterholes to drink in the mornings and afternoons and can easily be observed from a vehicle or hide.
The grass can be long in some areas after the rains; therefore game viewing at these times can be difficult.
In some areas the wildlife will disperse during the rains due to the ample water supply, as they are not dependent on water holes.
In the warmer months most animals find shelter during the heat of the day. Most safari activities take place in the early morning and late afternoon that maximize the chance of encountering animalswhen they are the most active.
For bird watching, the summer months are the best, when migratory birds are in residence, this is generally between October and March.
Cape Town’s best weather is during February, March & April, however the spring months of August and September are a rewarding time to visit when flowers and whales are in abundance.