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Why Should You Go On Safari During Green Season

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Author: Antoinette Booyse - 19 November 2021

Last Update: 6 May 2024

Africa’s green season is a hidden gem that not many travelers are aware of. Spanning from November to April, it’s a time of rejuvenation and rebirth, with the rains breathing new life into the landscapes. In this article, we’ll delve into the beauty and benefits of the green season, sharing why it’s a well-kept secret worth experiencing.

What Is A Green Season Safari?

The ‘Green Season’ in Africa, also known as the rainy season, is a period that holds a unique charm for safari enthusiasts. One of the key reasons why the green season is considered the best time to visit Africa is the sheer beauty it brings to the landscapes. The arid and dusty plains of the dry season are replaced by lush, verdant expanses, creating a stunning backdrop for safari tours.

Elephants drinking in Zimbabwe during the green season.
Elephants drinking in Zimbabwe during the green season.

This dramatic contrast between the emerald grasses and the rich, red earth is nothing short of breathtaking and provides a unique opportunity for photographers to capture Africa’s wildlife in a different light. Furthermore, the rejuvenation of the vegetation prompts heightened activity among animals, particularly herbivores who seek fresh grazing opportunities. This increased wildlife movement, in turn, attracts predators, making it an excellent time for wildlife enthusiasts to observe the circle of life in action.

When Is The Green Season?

In East Africa (Kenya and Tanzania), the green season or “wet season” consists of two distinct rainy periods. The “short rains” typically arrive in November, followed by the more extended “long rains” in April.

South Africa and Zimbabwe share a green season from December to March, although the exact timing of showers can vary yearly. These rainy seasons bring lush greenery to the arid landscapes, making it an ideal time for safari enthusiasts to witness the transformation and unique wildlife behaviors.

5 Best Places To Visit During The Green Season

Botswana: Known as the shining star of Southern African Green Season, Botswana sees a migration of zebras in November and December. The landscape transforms into lush grasslands, ideal for animal births.

South Africa: While wildlife tracking can be more challenging, a Green Season safari in Kruger National Park is equally rewarding and budget-friendly.

Zimbabwe: Combine your Green Season safari with a visit to Victoria Falls, particularly stunning from March to July.

Kenya/Tanzania: East Africa offers uncrowded game viewing during the Wildebeest Migration, with November rains attracting herds to the southern Serengeti.

Zambia/Mozambique: Witness impressive Victoria Falls and enjoy beautiful beaches in Mozambique.

The Benefits of Visiting Africa During the Green Season

  • Lower rates: Lodges and camps often offer reduced rates during this season.
  • Fewer crowds: Enjoy the parks and reserves without the usual crowds.
  • Beautiful scenery: The lush vegetation makes for stunning landscapes and excellent photographic safari opportunities.
  • Great wildlife viewing: Despite challenges, it’s an excellent time for wildlife viewing, including animal births.
  • Unique experiences: Witness the wildebeest migration without the usual crowds and explore cultural experiences.

Some of the Wildlife You’ll See During the Green Season

  • Elephants
  • Lions
  • Leopards
  • Cheetahs
  • Wild dogs
  • Hippos
  • Crocodiles

Activities You Can Enjoy During Africa’s Green Season

Africa’s green season is indeed a well-kept secret, offering travelers unique safari experiences, vibrant landscapes, and remarkable wildlife sightings. Whether you choose Botswana, South Africa, Zimbabwe, Tanzania, Kenya, Zambia, or Mozambique, a green season safari promises unforgettable memories.

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