Mid Dry Season (June through Mid-September)
This is the height of peak season in luxury tented safari destinations. Demand is driven by summer vacations in the northern hemisphere, as well as desirable factors on the ground. The dry season is well progressed , with excellent visibility and wildlife concentrating at permanent drinking holes. Large herds of elephants and grazers are starting to gather in certain areas. The weather remains moderate and very pleasant (nights in June and July are cold).
Rates are at their highest, and availability most limited, in all luxury tented destinations. A minimum of twelve months lead time for bookings is advised (18 months is preferable, particularly for groups). Availability on international flights to the region is also at its most limited, making it difficult to buy tickets with airmiles.
This is the rainy season in Cape Town. Victoria Falls is a little off its peak, which actually makes it easier to photograph because visibility is less obscured by spray from the Falls. The Okavango Delta is gradually subsiding but there is still plenty of water.
If you are planning a luxury tented safari long enough in advance, and your priority is optimal wildlife and weather conditions, this timeframe should be near the top of your list. If you are late in planning, and/or are looking for value for money during this timeframe, you might consider a luxury lodge safari in South Africa. Due to a strange quirk of South Africa's seasonal rates structure, some (not all) luxury lodges actually offer discounted rates during some of the best game-viewing months (May through August).Let us help you plan your dream safari. call toll-free: 888.227.8311 or today
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