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African Splendour

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South Africa: South Africa, in the Southern Hemisphere, has its seasons reversed from the Northern Hemisphere. Winter is May through August, when daytime temperatures in Cape Town and Johannesburg are in the 50s and 60s, dropping to the 30s and 40s at night. With the exception of Cape Town, it rarely rains in the winter. In the summer months (November – March) temperatures in Cape Town and Johannesburg are usually in the 70s and 80s during the day, and 60s at night. There are sometimes afternoon thundershowers, generally lasting about an hour and often including an electrifying display of thunder and lightning. The southwestern Cape (Cape Town) has its own unique weather patterns. Here the rain comes between April and October, with daytime highs in the 50s and nights in the mid 40s.

Victoria Falls, Zambia: Although Livingstone is hotter and more arid than the rest of Zambia, it is relatively cool in Victoria Falls itself. There are three different seasons here. May to August is slightly cooler, with temperatures in the 70s during the day and 40s-50s at night. In September and October it is usually hotter, with highs in the 100s and lows in the 60s. The rainy season is in summer (November-March), when the weather is warm and humid.

East Africa: The weather is practically perfect - great safari weather. Sunny and balmy throughout the year, average temperatures range between low to mid-70s year-round with slightly warmer temperatures in summer (November through March) and slightly cooler temperatures in winter (May through August). Despite the fact that East Africa lies on the equator, the region’s high elevation (averaging 5,000 feet above sea level), keeps the air mild and pleasant. Temperature variance is determined more by region than by season: upcountry areas such as Mount Kenya and the Aberdares at 7,000 feet can be cool, while the drier bush country is warmer and the sea level regions of Mombasa and Zanzibar quite tropical.

Travellers often ask about the romantic “rains” of East Africa. The “short rains” traditionally arrive in November while the “long rains” arrive around April. Even during the rains, however, the sun usually shines for a part of the day—in fact, many experienced Africa hands enjoy safariing during this time as the bush is lush, green and quiet. It’s worth noting that worldwide changes in weather patterns due to global warming have also affected East Africa. We’ve noticed that the arrival of the rains is not as predictable as in past years, which has also affected wildlife and migration patterns.

Capetown

Month

Min. Temp

Max. Temp

January

61°F (16°C)

79°F (26°C)

February

61°F (16°C)

79°F (26°C)

March

57° F (14° C)

77°F (25°C)

April

54° F (12° C)

72° F (22°C)

May

48° F (9° C)

66° F (19°C)

June

46° F (8° C)

64° F (18°C)

July

45° F (7° C)

63° F (17°C)

August

46° F (8° C)

64° F (18° C)

September

48° F (9° C)

64° F (18° C)

October

52° F (11° C)

70° F (21° C)

November

55 F (13° C)

73F (23° C)

December

57F (14° C)

75F (24° C)

Victoria Falls

Month

Min. Temp

Max. Temp

January

63°F (17°C)

90°F (32°C)

February

63°F (17°C)

86°F (30°C)

March

64°F (18°C)

88°F (31°C)

April

57°F (14°C)

84°F (29°C)

May

50°F (10°C)

84°F (29°C)

June

45°F (7°C)

77°F (25°C)

July

43°F (6°C)

77°F (25°C)

August

46°F (8°C)

82°F (28°C)

September

57°F (14°C)

91°F (33°C)

October

64°F (18°C)

93°F (34°C)

November

64°F (18°C)

88°F (31°C)

December

63°F (17°C)

88°F (31°C)


Johannesburg

Month

Min. Temp

Max. Temp

January

57°F (14°C)

79°F (26°C)

February

57°F (14°C)

77°F (25°C)

March

55°F (13°C)

75°F (24°C)

April

50°F (10°C)

72°F (22°C)

May

43°F (6°C)

66°F (19°C)

June

39°F (4°C)

63°F (17°C)

July

39°F (4°C)

63°F (17°C)

August

43°F (6°C)

68°F (20°C)

September

48°F (9°C)

73°F (23°C)

October

54°F (12°C)

77°F (25°C)

November

55°F (13°C)

77°F (25°C)

December

68°F (20°C)

79°F (26°C)

Maasai Mara

Month

Min. Temp

Max. Temp

January

53°F (12°C)

82°F (28°C)

February

53°F (12°C)

82°F (28° C)

March

53°F (12°C)

81°F (27°C)

April

55°F (13°C)

79°F (26°C)

May

55°F (13°C)

76°F (25°C)

June

53°F (12°C)

76°F (25°C)

July

52°F (11°C)

76°F (25°C)

August

53°F (12°C)

76°F (25°C)

September

52°F (11°C)

80°F (27°C)

October

53°F (12°C)

82°F (28°C)

November

53°F (12°C)

80°F (27°C)

December

53°F (12°C)

80°F (27°C)


Serengeti

Month

Min. Temp

Max. Temp

January

60°F (16°C)

84°F (29°C)

February

60°F (16°C)

84°F (29° C)

March

60°F (16°C)

84°F (29°C)

April

60°F (16°C)

82°F (28°C)

May

60°F (16°C)

80°F (27°C)

June

58°F (15°C)

80°F (27°C)

July

57°F (14°C)

79°F (26°C)

August

58°F (15°C)

80°F (27°C)

September

58°F (15°C)

82°F (28°C)

October

60°F (16°C)

84°F (29°C)

November

60°F (16°C)

82°F (28°C)

December

60°F (16°C)

82°F (28°C)

Ngorongoro Crater

Month

Min. Temp

Max. Temp

January

50°F (10°C)

84°F (29°C)

February

50°F (10°C)

85°F (29° C)

March

52°F (11°C)

85°F (29°C)

April

54°F (12°C)

83°F (28°C)

May

52°F (11°C)

79°F (26°C)

June

48°F (9°C)

78°F (26°C)

July

47°F (8°C)

78°F (26°C)

August

48°F (9°C)

80°F (27°C)

September

50°F (10°C)

82°F (28°C)

October

52°F (11°C)

84°F (29°C)

November

52°F (11°C)

85°F (29°C)

December

52°F (11°C)

84°F (29°C)

*Please note: At the rim of the crater, it can get quite cold—sometimes below freezing. Please plan accordingly.