The Season of Plenty
Summer in southern Africa is a season of plenty, when afternoon storms bring life-giving rain to the dusty plains and there is an explosion of new life.
The bush is transformed into a green and leafy paradise, with vibrant floral displays and a kaleidoscope of colours. It’s peak season for birding, with some bird species in full, spectacular breeding plumage. Many of the plains game like wildebeest, hartebeest, zebra and impala give birth, and predators take advantage of the abundance of young prey.
Normally arid areas like the Kalahari are transformed with fields of flowers; grass sprouts in the ancient river valleys and fossil pans provide food for large concentrations of springbok and oryx. Warthog families can be seen with young piglets in tow, and young ostrich chicks keep up with their long-legged parents.
Temperatures during this time are very pleasant, without October’s oppressive heat, nor winter’s cold nights and mornings.
Being outside the busy dry season, and the peak holiday season for Europe and the US, the summer months of November through to April (apart from Christmas/New Year) mean quieter camps and well-priced safari packages.