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Where to go in Africa in November

With the start of the rains as late as around mid- to the end of November, this is one of the best times to visit Botswana and to take advantage of the lower shoulder season rates.

Our Recommendation for November

November is a tricky time of year to travel to Africa. However, if you choose your destination carefully, this month can be one of the very best. Both East and southern Africa see low visitor numbers, and the lodges drop their rates to encourage business – the value on offer is first rate. Mozambique, Mauritius, and the Seychelles are all at the start of their summer months, so temperatures are high and there is a chance of afternoon thundershowers.


Tanzania also sees the majority of the country’s best camps dropping their rates. Some lodges drop rates by as much as 40 per cent, making them extremely good value. One must remember that light rain is to be expected during this period, but that really is no reason not to travel to the country. However, we would recommend Northern Tanzania over Southern Tanzania towards the end of the month –this is due to the fact that the rains affect the game down south, whereas the Great Migration, Ngorongoro and Serengeti remain superb.

South Africa

South Africa is a good country to visit throughout November. This is a lovely time of year, especially in the Cape. Spring is turning into summer and the weather is warming up nicely.


A few thunderstorms are normal in November throughout Botswana. However, do not let this put you off traveling at this time of year – these dramatic storms are awe-inspiring! Temperatures are still high, but the country is famous for its dry heat, so traveling at the hottest time of year is certainly bearable. The drop in rates is a huge incentive to traveling – some of Botswana’s most famous camps offer as much as 40 per cent off, and the game-viewing is still superb.


Kenya's short rains usually start in mid to late November and last for a few weeks. However this does not detract much from a great game experience and Kenya still a good destination for safari. The rains tend to come in the late afternoon and evening and day time temperatures range between 24 and 30 degress, with cooler mornings and evenings. November is also a very good month for birding.


November is a great month to visit Mauritius with temperatures having risen over the past few months but not yet too hot and humid. You can still get a little bit of rain and cloud but this usually comes in the form of short thunderstorms in the evenings. November is the start of peak season which runs through to April.


November is one of the best months to visit the Seychelles as it is a transition period between the hot, humid trade winds from the south-east and the cooler winds from the north-west. This means calmer conditions in both the sea and weather and makes it an ideal time to visit for the beach and water-based activities such as snorkeling and diving.


November is a very variable month in Namibia. For the most part it is hot and dry, but with the onset of occasional thundershowers building up towards the end of the month. On average, temperatures can reach above 30°C (86°F) during the day. This is also the onset of the calving season, which results in heightened predator activity.

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