January is a month that sees the majority of ‘Safari Africa’ entering its rainy ‘Green Season’

Where To Go in Africa in January

January is a month that sees the majority of ‘Safari Africa’ entering its rainy ‘Green Season’. Animals move with the start of the rains, dispersing over huge areas in search of fresh grazing, knowing that waterholes will be everywhere.

Our Recommendation for January

For travellers whose priority is big game viewing, the best destinations are therefore Tanzania and Kenya, which are still in their dry seasons and superb at this time of year. Many visitors also look to South Africa as the Cape and Garden Route are at their best and the safari is still extremely good despite.

Tanzania

Tanzania is a great destination in January, the Northern Circuit especially – the Serengeti is outrageously good throughout January, February and March. The first Great Migration herds have reached the Ndutu plains just south of the Serengeti itself and are starting to get ready for the calving weeks in February.

It is at this time of year that the Serengeti becomes the finest place in Africa to view cheetah, and the sheer concentrations of predators on open plains is astonishing. We use a couple of camps down here that also offer some of the finest cultural interactions and walking operations we know of in Africa. Designing a trip around the Serengeti and Ngorongoro is a superb trip for January.

South Africa

South Africa is absolutely beautiful at this time of year. The weather is perfect and driving trips up and down the famous Garden Route are never better. The negative to travelling at this time of year, however, is that combining the fabulous Cape Town and Winelands with high-quality wilderness safari is hard – Botswana is entering its rainy season and the vast majority of Zambia is closed due to rain and floods. Nevertheless, South Africa’s own safari, specifically the Kruger and Sabi Sands, is still superb – and this is the area we would combine with Cape Town for a short add-on safari.

Kenya

January is a lovely time to visit Kenya. With clear hot days and little rain, game viewing is at its peak and this is also the start of the calving season. All this means it is a popular destination in January and some areas can get extremely busy so it is important to design an itinerary that keeps you away from any crowded areas.

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