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What wildlife is best seen where

Activities

Average monthly temperatures

When's the best time to go for game viewing

Ratings pertain to the best time to go to each park or reserve

Excellent
Good
Fair
Poor
Closed

*Great Serengeti Migration

Southern Africa
Country Park/Reserve Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
Botswana Moremi/Okavango G G G G G E E E E E G G
Linyanti/Selinda/Kwando/E. Makgadikgadi G G G G G E E E E E G G
Central Kalahari/Nxai Pan/W. Makgadikgadi E E E E G G F F F F G E
Savute (Southwestern Chobe) G G G G G G G G G G G G
Chobe F F F G G E E E E E E G
Tuli G G G G E E E E E E E G
Zimbabwe Hwange (Main Camp & Sinamatella) P P P F F G E E E E F P
Hwange (Makalolo/Somalisa) G G G G G E E E E E E G
Matusadona G G G G G E E E E E E G
Mana Pools P P P F F G E E E E G P
Matobo Hills P P P F G E E E E G G P
Malilangwe F F F G G E E E E E E G
Zambia South Luangwa (Northern) P P P F G G E E E E G P
South Luangwa (Central & Southern) F F F F G G E E E E G P
Lower Zambezi P P P P F G E E E E G P
Kafue C C C C F F G E E E E G
Namibia Etosha/Ongava F F F G G E E E E E G G
Namib-Naukluft E E E E E E E E E E E E
Skeleton Coast E E E E E E E E E E E E
Damaraland G F F G E E E E E E E G
South Africa Kruger N.P. P P P P F G E E E E G F
Pvt. Reserves near and within Kruger G F F G G E E E E E E G
Kwande/Shamwari E E E G G G G G E E E E
Phinda G F F G E E E E E G G G

East Africa
Country Park/Reserve Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
Tanzania Lake Manyara E E E F F G G G G G F E
Ngorongoro E E E G G G E E E E G E
Serengeti (Southeastern) E * E * E * E * G G F F F F F E *
Serengeti (Western) and Grumeti F F G G E * E * E * G G G G G
Serengeti (Northern) G G F F F G E * E * E * E * E * G
Tarangire G G F F F G E E E E G G
Selous/Ruaha F F F P P G E E E E E G
Mahale/Gombe/Katavi G G C C F G E E E E G G
Kenya Amboseli/ol Donyo/Campi ya Kanzi G G G P P G E E E E G G
Tsavo G G G P P F E E E F F G
Maasai Mara E E E F F G E * E * E * E * G E
Aberderes/Meru E E G P P F E E E G F G
Samburu E E E F F F E E E E F F
Laikipia Reserves E E E F F G E E E G F G
Uganda Bwindi E E G F F E E E E E G E
Queen Elizabeth E E G F F E E E E E G E
Kibale E E G F F E E E E E G E
Murchison E E G F F E E E E E G E
Rwanda Volcanoes/Nyungwe E E E F F E E E E E G E
Congo Rep. Odzala-Kokoua E E G G G E E E E C C E

What wildlife is seen where

Ratings pertain to the best time to go to each park or reserve

Almost always seen
(on most game drives)
Frequently seen
(on every two-siz game drives)
Occasionally seen
(every one-two weeks)
Seldom seen
(every two-four weeks)
Almost never seen/not seen

(+) Best Reserves (4) Seen more often on walsk than on game drives
(1) Best seen in the Mombo/Chief's Island region of Moremi (5) Often seen in trees
(2) Seen most often on night drives (6) Frequently seen in the Chitabe concession
(3) In the Ngorongoro Conservation Area near Serengeti N.P. (7) Seen in the Northern Serengeti

Southern Africa
Country Park/Reserve
Lion
Leopard
Cheetah
Elephant
Black Rhino
White Rhino
Hippo
Buffalo
Eland
Greater Kudu
Sable Antelope
Gemsbok /oryx
Wild Dog
Gorillas
Chimpanzees
Bostwana Moremi/Okavango A(+) F F (1) A S(1) F A A N A O N O (6) N N
Linyanti/Selinda/Kwando A F F A (+) N N A F O A F N F N N
Central Kalahari F O F (+) N N N N N O F N A O N N
Savute (Southwestern Chobe) A O O A N N N S N F O N O N N
Chobe (Northern) A O O A (+) N N A (+) A S A O N S N N
Tuli (Mashatu) F A (+) O A (+) N N N N A A N N N N N
Zimbabwe Hwange (Makalolo/Somalisa) F F O A (+) N F F A F A A S O N N
Matusadona F O O A F (4) N A (+) A (+) N F N N N N N
Mana Pools F F N A (+) N N A (+) A F A N N F N N
Malilangwe F F F A F A A A O F F N O N N
Zambia South Luangwa F F (2) N A N N A (+) A O F N N O N N
North Luangwa F O N F S N F A F F N N S N N
Lower Zambezi A F (2) N A(+) N N A(+) A F F N N S N N
Kafue (Busanga Plains) A (5) S F O N N A F F F F N O N N
Kafue (Central) F O (2) O F N N A F O A A N O N N
Namibia Etosha A O O A F F N N O A N A N N N
Ongava A O N N F F N N O F N F N N N
South Africa Kruger N.P F O O F O O F A O A O N S N N
Pvt. Res. near and within Kruger A (+) F (+) (2) F A O A (+) F F O A O N O N N
Phinda F A A (+) F F A (+) N A N A N N N N N
Kwande A O F F O A F A A A N A N N N

East Africa
Country Park/Reserve
Lion
Leopard
Cheetah
Elephant
Black Rhino
White Rhino
Hippo
Buffalo
Eland
Greater Kudu
Sable Antelope
Gemsbok /oryx
Wild Dog
Gorillas
Chimp- anzees
Tanzania Lake Manyara F (5) S S A N N A F N N N N N N N
Ngorongoro A (+) O F A F N A A F N N F (3) N N N
Serengeti (Southeastern) A (+) O F (+) O O N O O F N N F N N N
Serengeti (Northern & Western) A (+) F (+) F (+) F F (7) N F F F N N F N N N
Tarangire A (+) F F A (+) N N F F F N N F N N N
Selous F O S A S (4) N A F F F N N O N N
Ruaha F O O A S N A A F A F F O N N
Mahale/Gombe Steam N N N N N N N N N N N N N N A
Katavi A O N A N N A A (+) F N S N S N N
Kenya Amboseli F O F A (+) N N F F O N N O N N N
Tsavo F S O A S N F A O N N O N N N
Masaai Mara A (+) F (+) F (+) F O N F F F N N N N N N
Lake Nakuru F F S N F A F A A N N N N N N
Samburu A F F A N N N A F O N A N N N
Lewa Downs O O (2) O F F A N F S F N A S N N
Uganda Queen Elizabeth A F N A N N A A N N N N N N F
Murchison Falls A O N A N N A A N N N N N N N
Bwindi N N N N N N N N N N N N N A N
Kibale N N N N N N N N N N N N N N A
Rwanda Volcanoes N.P. N N N N N N N N N N N N N A N
Nyungwe N N N N N N N N N N N N N N F
Congo Rep. Odzala-Kokoua N O N F N N O A N N N N N A S

SAFARI ACTIVITIES

  • Vehicles
  • Night Game Drives
  • Walking Safaris
  • Boat Safaris
  • Canoe Safaris

  • Balloon Safaris
  • Mountain Biking
  • Horseback Safaris
  • Fishing
  1. 1:  Activity is conducted on the outskirts of the park or reserve.
  2. 2:  Activity is conducted at some camps within the reserve.
  3. 3:  Open vehicles are used by some camps in the reserve.
  4. 4:  Activity is conducted in certain areas of the park reserve.
  5. 5:  Activity is conducted by National Parks.
  6. 6:  Licensed tour operators only.
  7. 7:  Walks with bushmen.
  8. 8:  Operated on a group departure basis.
  9. 9:  Operated by special permitted companies.

Southern Africa

Country Park/Reserve Vehicle Type Allowed
Open Hatches Closed
Night Drives Walking Safaris Boat Safaris Canoe(C) Mokoro(M) Balloon Safaris Mountain Biking Horseback Safaris Fishing
Botswana Chobe 1
Moremi 2 M,2
Okavango Delta 2 M,2 2
Linyanti/Selinda/Kwando 2 C,2 1,2
Savute (S.W. Chobe)
Central Kalahari/Nxai Pan 7
Tuli
Zimbabwe Hwange 1,2
Mana Pools 1 C
Matusadona 1 C
Malilangwe C
Zambia S. & N. Luangwa
Lower Zambezi C,2
Kafue 2 2
Namibia Etosha 6 6
Ongava
Damaraland 8
South Africa Kruger N.P. 2, 5 1, 2, 5 1, 5
Pvt. Reserves near and within Kruger
Kwandwe/Shamwari 2
Phinda C 1
Mozambique Gorongosa
Niassa C

East & Central Africa

Tanzania Arusha C
Lake Manyara 3 9 1 1
Tarangire 3 1,2 1,2 1
Ngorongoro 4
Serengeti 3 1 1, 2
Selous 2
Ruaha 2
Katavi
Mahale/Gombe
Kenya Maasai Mara 1, 3 1 1 1
Laikipia Reserves 2 2 2
Samburu 1, 3 1
Ol Donyo Waus/Campi ya Kanzi 2
Amboseli/Tsavo 1, 3 1 1 1
Uganda Bwindi
Queen Elizabeth 4
Kibale
Murchison
Rwanda Volcanoes/Nyungwe
Congo Rep. Odzala-Kokoua C, 2

Average monthly temperatures

Min/max in fahrenheit

East Africa
City Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
Dar-es-salaam 77/88 76/87 76/89 74/87 72/85 68/85 66/84 66/84 68/84 68/86 73/87 76/88
Dodoma 66/86 66/85 64/84 64/84 62/83 57/82 57/79 57/81 59/85 63/88 64/89 65/88
Kigoma 67/81 68/82 68/82 67/82 68/83 67/82 63/83 65/85 67/86 69/85 68/81 67/80
Nairobi 55/78 56/80 58/78 58/76 56/73 54/70 51/70 52/71 53/76 55/77 56/74 55/75
Mombasa 75/88 76/88 77/89 76/87 75/84 74/83 71/81 71/81 72/83 74/85 75/86 76/87
Kampala 65/84 65/83 64/82 64/81 63/79 63/78 63/78 62/78 63/81 63/82 62/81 62/81
Kabale 49/76 50/76 50/75 51/74 51/73 50/73 48/75 49/75 50/76 51/75 50/73 50/73
Kigali 43/68 48/68 46/68 43/68 41/68 37/68 41/68 39/70 37/70 48/68 37/68 39/68
Bujumbura 66/83 66/83 66/83 66/83 66/83 65/85 64/85 65/87 67/89 68/87 67/83 67/83

Southern Africa
City Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
Harare 61/79 61/79 59/79 56/79 50/75 45/71 47/75 54/80 58/84 60/84 60/82 61/79
Victoria Falls 65/85 64/85 62/85 57/84 49/81 43/76 42/77 47/82 55/89 62/91 64/90 64/86
Hwange 64/85 64/84 62/85 56/83 47/80 47/76 40/76 45/81 54/88 61/90 64/89 64/85
Kariba 71/88 71/88 69/88 65/87 58/84 53/80 52/79 57/84 67/91 74/95 74/93 72/89
Mana Pools 71/89 71/89 70/89 67/88 62/85 57/81 56/81 59/86 66/92 73/97 74/95 72/91
Bulawayo 61/82 61/82 60/80 57/80 50/75 46/70 46/71 49/75 55/82 59/86 61/85 61/83
Maun 66/90 66/88 64/88 57/88 48/82 43/77 43/77 48/82 55/91 64/95 66/93 66/90
Lusaka 63/78 63/79 62/79 59/79 55/78 50/73 49/73 53/77 59/84 64/88 64/85 63/81
S. Luangwa 68/90 68/88 66/90 64/90 66/88 54/86 52/84 54/86 59/95 68/104 72/99 72/91
Windhoek 63/86 63/84 59/81 55/77 48/72 45/68 45/68 46/73 54/79 57/84 61/84 63/88
Swakopmund 54/77 54/73 54/73 59/77 59/77 64/82 59/82 59/82 54/77 54/77 54/77 54/77
Johannesburg 59/79 57/77 55/75 52/72 46/66 41/61 41/61 45/66 48/72 54/75 55/77 57/77
Durban 70/82 70/82 68/82 63/79 55/75 50/73 50/73 54/73 59/73 63/75 64/77 68/81
Cape Town 61/79 59/79 57/77 54/73 50/68 46/64 45/63 45/64 46/66 50/70 55/75 59/77

Average Monthly Temperatures

Min/Max in Centigrade

East Africa
City Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
Dar-es-salaam 25/32 25/32 24/32 23/31 22/29 20/29 19/28 19/28 19/28 21/29 23/31 24/31
Dodoma 18/29 18/29 18/28 18/28 16/28 15/28 13/27 14/27 15/29 17/31 18/31 18/31
Kigoma 19/27 20/27 20/27 19/27 19/28 188/29 17/28 18/29 19/30 21/29 20/27 19/26
Nairobi 12/25 13/26 14/25 14/24 13/22 12/21 11/21 11/21 11/24 14/25 13/24 13/24
Mombasa 24/32 24/32 25/32 24/31 23/28 23/28 22/27 22/27 22/28 23/29 24/29 24/30
Kampala 18/28 18/28 18/27 18/26 25/17 26/18 26/18 26/17 27/17 27/17 27/17 27/17
Kabale 9/24 11/24 11/24 11/24 11/23 10/23 9/23 10/23 10/24 11/24 11/24 10/24
Kigali 6/20 9/21 8/20 6/20 5/20 3/20 5/20 4/21 3/21 9/20 3/20 4/20
Bujumbura 19/28 19/28 19/28 19/28 19/28 18/29 18/29 18/31 19/32 20/31 19/29 19/29

Southern Africa
City Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
Harare 17/27 17/27 15/27 13/7 10/24 8/22 7/22 8/24 12/27 14/29 16/28 16/27
Bulawayo 17/28 17/28 16/27 14/27 10/24 8/22 8/22 10/24 12/28 15/30 16/31 16/29
Victoria Falls 18/29 17/29 17/29 14/29 9/27 5/24 5/25 7/27 12/31 16/32 18/32 18/30
Hwange 18/29 18/29 17/29 14/29 9/27 5/24 5/25 7/27 12/31 16/32 18/32 18/30
Kariba 22/31 21/31 21/31 19/31 15/29 12/27 11/26 14/29 19/33 23/35 24/34 22/32
Mana Pools 22/32 21/32 21/32 20/31 17/29 14/27 13/27 15/30 19/34 23/36 23/35 22/33
Maun 19/32 19/31 18/31 14/31 9/28 6/25 6/25 9/28 13/33 18/35 19/34 19/34
Lusaka 17/26 17/26 17/26 15/26 13/25 10/24 10/23 12/25 15/30 18/31 18/30 18/28
S. Luangwa 20/32 20/31 19/32 18/32 19/31 12/30 11/29 12/30 15/35 20/40 22/37 22/33
Windhoek 17/30 17/29 15/27 13/25 9/22 7/20 7/20 8/23 12/26 14/29 16/29 17/31
Swakopmund 12/25 12/23 12/23 15/25 15/25 18/28 15/28 15/28 12/25 12/25 12/25 12/25
Johannesburg 15/26 14/25 13/24 11/22 8/19 5/16 5/16 7/19 9/22 12/24 13/25 14/25
Durban 21/28 21/28 20/28 17/26 13/24 10/23 10/23 12/23 15/23 17/24 18/25 20/27
Cape Town 16/26 15/26 14/25 12/23 10/20 8/18 7/17 7/18 8/19 10/21 13/24 15/25