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Where to go in Africa in July

The dry season is the best time of year to be in Africa for game viewing, so travelling anywhere in ‘Safari Africa’ is especially rewarding.

Our Recommendation for July

July is the first month that the dry season is in full swing. This is an incredible month, as all the parks in every country are in their peak season. Virtually everywhere offers very high quality safari, and choosing where to travel for the best game starts to become rather difficult! Gorilla trekking in Rwanda is perfect at this time of the year. In the Indian Ocean, Mozambique is calm and warm, while the winds pick up slightly in certain parts of Mauritius and the Seychelles.


Tanzania spoils you for choice. The Serengeti National Park is a huge attraction at this time of year, with the Great Migration pushing up to the northern Serengeti where the first river crossings take place. The huge elephant migration is also starting to build in nearby Tarangire. However, the real joy of this month is the fact that Tanzania’s quieter parks come to life. Nyerere (formerly Selous), Ruaha and Katavi are the focal point of the region’s game and fabulous options for a less commercial safari than the northern parks can offer.

South Africa

This is the second month of winter, carrying on the peak game-viewing period in South Africa’s northern reserves. The area becomes drier still, further increasing the visibility of the wildlife. In the Cape, however, rain persists along with a maximum daytime temperature of only 18°C. Nevertheless, the famous whale migration continues!


Botswana’s most famous parks are in their peak seasons for game viewing. The Okavango, Moremi, Chobe and Linyanti area are absolutely world class at this time of year. The Okavango is in full flood and the entire Delta looks exceptional. As this northern part of the country gets progressively better, the game has pretty much left the Pans and the Kalahari entirely – if you are searching for good game viewing, travelling to these areas starts to become inadvisable.


Zambia’s parks are now fully open with every camp in its peak season for travel. The bush has thinned out and grass has been trodden down, meaning that Africa’s finest walking destination, the Luangwa, is at its peak. The Lower Zambezi is an exceptional park at this time of year.


July and August sees the Great Migration (hundreds of thousands of wildebeast and zebra) entering the Maasai Mara from Tanzania, creating one of the world's most incredible wildlife spectacles. This is the start of peak season in Kenya and so care needs to be taken to make sure you pick the right camps and avoid the crowded areas.


With virtually no rain, clear skies and lots of sunshine this is a very good time of year to visit Zimbabwe. The bush is less dense and animals are starting to concentrate around the main water sources, making game viewing easier.  


We love Namibia at this time of year, as the temperatures are still reasonable and the country is looking superb. The game viewing on offer in Etosha is also starting to hit its peak, making the country’s finest safari destination a great addition to any itinerary here.


July is a popular time to visit Mauritius, although it is one of the cooler months. With the trade winds picking up this month it is usually better to stay on the West coast, where the beaches are sheltered.


July is a popular month to visit the Seychelles with little rain and slightly cooler, breezier weather than the hot months of March, April and May. Due to the south-east trade winds the seas on this side of Mahe can be a little choppy so care should be taken on choosing where to stay.


Mozambique is a great destination in July with lots of sunshine and less wind. This is also a great time of year for diving and fishing.


July is the peak 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 volatile weather patterns around Volcanoes National Park make it hard to predict whether or not rain will fall. July is a peak month for Rwanda and booking early is essential, particularly with permit availability in mind.

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