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Where to go in Africa in June

June is the turning point of the year, as the rainy months are left behind and Africa enters into the famous ‘dry season’.

Our Recommendation for June

Game viewing in most parks improves considerably, and all the countries in which we work present a genuine option for your holiday. Choosing where to travel for the best game starts to become rather difficult! East Africa’s main safari countries still have a slight risk of rain, but Tanzania's famous Serengeti and Ngorongoro Crater are superb for game viewing. Rwanda, for gorilla trekking, is also entering its winter season. In southern Africa, June sees seriously good safari on offer in all the main parks in South Africa, Zambia, Botswana, and Zimbabwe. Temperatures in the Indian Ocean are comfortable as the days are dry and clear with winter setting in. The Seychelles and Mozambique tend to be slightly warmer than Mauritius.


Tanzania's Serengeti National Park is a huge attraction in June. The Great Migration is pushing into the western corridor, while the rutting season is going on in earnest. It is certainly a noisy time of year! It is slightly quieter in Tanzania’s northern parks at this time than it is a month later. The south and west of the country are still not in peak season – although trips here are possible, they are not as good as they will be in a month or so.

South Africa

June in South Africa is officially the start of winter, this is the beginning of the peak game-viewing period in the northern reserves. The area begins to dry; and as foliage decreases, animals become easier to find. The northern part of South Africa is the complete opposite to the Cape – in the north it is the start of the dry season in the safari areas, whereas this is when the Cape has most of its rain and temperatures struggle to reach 18°C during the day. The plus point is that June heralds the start of the Cape’s whale migration!


Most of Botswana is superb throughout June, and the majority of camps are still in their low- or mid-season rates, making Africa’s most expensive safari destination great value for money. The Okavango is in full flood, the entire Delta looks exceptional, and game viewing across the majority of the Delta is very good. The first herds start to fill up the riverfront of Chobe and the Linyanti area, bringing this area into the start of its peak season. As this northern part of the country gets progressively better, the game leaves the Pans, which slowly start to lose their appeal.


With the opening of all the bush camps across the country, Zambia is finally ready for business. Game is starting to head towards the country’s rivers, and the beauty of the Green Season is still evident. There are a number of camps that have low season rates on offer in June, making for exceptionally good value. June is also the time of year that Robin Pope Safaris operates its mind-blowing Liuwa Plains trips.


June is the start of the peak season for Zimbabwe (June to September) as the dry season brings with it fantastic weather and animals concentrate around waterholes and rivers. In May and June the Victoria Falls are also at their most powerful and the best viewing of this amazing spectacle is from the Zimbabwe side.


Namibia in June is a dry month, with very little chance of rain. The days are warm but the nights can get cold, so we advise packing some warmer winter clothing. June marks the start of the best time of year for game viewing, as the wildlife is forced to the more permanent water sources. This creates the ‘Noah’s Ark’ scenes Etosha is famous for!


June is a lovely month in Mauritius with warm sunny days and cooler evenings. For those looking for high temperatures it may not be the ideal destination.


June is an excellent month to visit the Seychelles with little rain and warm temperatures (temperatures from May to September usually stay between 28 and 30 degrees Celsius).


Mozambique's dry winter season starts in June and the next four months are the peak season for the country. With less wind and weaker currents this is also the perfect time for diving and Whales are often seen from June to October.


June is the start of the dry season and can be considered one of the very best times of year to visit Rwanda, with very low levels of rainfall making for superb gorilla-trekking conditions. Despite this, the erratic weather patterns around Volcanoes National Park make it hard to predict whether or not rain will fall.

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