A trip to an authentic African safari is your dream, but for some reason, it remains a dream? For example, the time of your annual vacation may coincide with the beginning of the green season in Africa. Or you constantly monitor the prices of safaris and realize that they are higher than you expected. You are hesitant to travel during the low season because you are afraid the weather might spoil it. In this article, we’ll look at popular misconceptions about the green season in Africa and tell you which parks are good to visit any time of the year.
What to Expect From a Low-Season Safari?
The main reason tourists do not dare to travel to, for example, Tanzania or Kenya in the low season, is the period of prolonged rains. Indeed, all kinds of sources warn us that in April and May, the weather deteriorates significantly. But this is not always the case, because the weather is highly unpredictable, and rain can catch you even when it shouldn’t.
Definitely, you should understand that you may catch fewer sunny days and witness African rainfalls. Nevertheless, there are many more advantages to the green season.
In the low season, fewer tourists arrive in Africa, and responsibly, hotels and lodges provide various promotions. For example, it may be a discount on accommodation, room upgrades, etc. As a result, you can save about 50% on your accommodation. In addition, the cost of entry tickets to national parks is slightly lower than in the high season.
An entire park at your disposal
During the high season, many more people want to observe wild animals. Therefore, it is essential to understand that when you spot something interesting, such as a leopard, there may be several jeeps with tourists near you, who also want to observe the predator’s actions. In the low season, there are fewer people, so no one will block your view. In addition, if you need to relax, be in silence, and be in sync with nature—the green season is the best time for you.
Seeing newborn animals
Watching any African animal is always fascinating, but the biggest thrill is the little lions, zebras, antelopes, and so on. Animals breed between January and March, so in April and May you have a great chance to see adorable babies among the adult animals.
Where to go on Safari in April and May
The countries of East Africa have long been considered suitable destinations for year-round safaris. The parks here are usually flat, so they provide good visibility even in the low season. So if you decide to go on a safari at this time, you should visit the following parks:
- Serengeti National Park is characterized by an annual migration, so whenever you come here, you can always see huge herds of wildebeest. Zebras and other cloven-hoofed animals also joined them. In addition, lions, leopards, and jackals will be somewhere near, hoping to catch one of the antelopes.
- Ngorongoro Conservation Area. The world’s greatest caldera looks incredible at any time of year. You can understand how beautiful this place is when you get to the Ngorongoro observation deck. The walls of the crater are also home to many raptors and other African animals. You might even be lucky enough to see a rare black rhino.
- Lake Manyara National Park. This park also does not deprive you of the opportunity to see something amazing. For example, the lions are nestled on the branches of acacia trees. This park also impresses with the variety of different species of birds. Especially in the green season, the park plays with new colors, because this time there are many more birds.
- Masai Mara National Reserve. Masked Mara greatly combines cultural experience and animal watching. The small area of the park is home to quite a few animals, especially cats. There are also additional activities to help you get to know the park better.
Go on a Super Safari Whenever You Like!
A safari in East Africa is a very exciting activity that will be spectacular in any weather. Do not think of the low season as a time when you are limited in any activities. On the contrary, it is a time when completely different opportunities are not available in the other season. So if you have dreamed of a safari, it is time to make this dream come true. In our new jeeps, accompanied by an experienced guide, your safari will be a success in any weather! And we already know what interesting programs to offer you in the coming months. Ask for advice, send inquiries, and we are in touch!