Safari all the year-round doesn’t have the same attraction. Different seasons come with different appeals. Safari in July needs some different preparation. July of Africa has seen you in prime safari season throughout South and East Africa, with great visitors and high visitors to national parks and wildlife conservation places.
You booked your safari several months ago, as lodges in the area are sold in July, along with a waiting list at Safari in July.
Temperatures and humidity levels have dropped substantially from the height of the rainy summer, and dark times can be chilly – especially if you live near bodies of water and at higher altitudes. Be sure to pack those scarves, gloves, and beanie for a game drive at Safari in July.
From mid-morning and most of the daylight, short sleeves are still the norm, with comfortable daytime temperatures in the mid-to-late decade (temperature).
Many of these worrisome mosquitoes and other pests have largely disappeared, and even though the risk of malaria is low during the cold, dry months, we suggest you take precautionary measures during Safari in July.
The previous bright green grasses and shrubs have returned to the dry stems and it is now much easier to find these unfinished leopards and lions.
As temporary groundwater sources dry up, the lack of rainfall (beds, walleyes, multi-perennial rivers, etc.) results in animals falling into dense water sources such as perennial rivers, dams and deep pools during Safari in July.
Many species – such as elephants, buffaloes, wildebeest, and zebras that fanned the widespread, distant backcountry during the wet months – have now returned to the vicinity of the tourist lodge – bringing with them predators.
This concentration of wildlife close to water sources makes their movements more predictable which means your guide will have an easier time finding them for you.
Of course, these seasonal rituals will be the exception – including Cape Town and the Garden Route, where the Mediterranean climate brings wet and cool weather for safari in July (though at the time of writing, the region is experiencing drought conditions).
The place to consider for your July safari
July is a great time to visit South Africa’s Greater Kruger National Park, especially during the weekends of the month – once the local school holidays are over. But of course, this is the main safari season, so expect plenty of fellow wildlife enthusiasts.
We recommend private reservations on the west side of the park, where privacy and lack of crowds add to the experience and great guides increase your chances of finding the Big 5 (lion, leopard, elephant, rhinoceros, and buffalo).
Also in South Africa, we recommend making the Madikwe Game Reserve a safari in July. Not only is it a malaria-free zone, but it’s also a great place to look for the Big 5 and other endangered species such as leopards, wild dogs, and brown hyenas during Safari in July.
July is a great time to visit Botswana anywhere. The annual flood boat is entering the Opavango Delta from their source in the Ongawan Highlands, and the wondrous terrain of this water flows through life.
Rainfall throughout Botswana has dried up seasonal monsoon water sources, and wildlife feeds on northern water sources, such as the Chivi River and perennial rivers.
In Zambia, annual floodwaters have dried up and wildlife such as the Luangwa Valley and Kafue National Park are in full safari mode in July.
Seasonal bush camps in the South Luangwa National Park are a special treat for weekly safari-travelers and walking safari enthusiasts.
Zimbabwe’s safari season is also in full swing, with Havaje National Park attracting large numbers of elephants, lions and other species that are attracted to pump water, and Mana Pools National Park offers some of the best elephants and wild dog breeds.
And then there is Victoria Falls for both Zambian and Zimbabwe, which are open for business all year round and are a must for any serious Africa-fanatics.
East and Central Africa
July is the season of Milan in the Serengeti National Park in Tanzania, and that magnificent visit, the Great Wildebeest Migration, is heading north through the park’s west corridor.
The Grumetti River crossings are dramatic and worth the effort – but the Serengeti Lodge is extensive and relatively short-developed and therefore difficult to find river crossings.
As cattle move towards the Masai Mara in Kenya, they are plowing their way north. Click here for a month-by-month description of the world’s greatest show.
Kenya’s Masai Mara is a good bet (any time of the year), though migration is not yet in place, the resident predator and predator species are plentiful and tourist groups have not arrived yet.
Tracking is now best for Uganda’s Bibindi Irrevocable National Park and Kibale National Park and Rwanda Volcano National Park’s mountain gorillas, chimps and gold monkeys,
For trekking lowland gorillas, head to Odjala-Kokoa National Park in Congo to catch up with these humble monsters of the dry season, as well as other specialties like bongos, forest buffalo, and forest elephants.
July is a great time for bird watchers in Uganda and Rwanda. The brief rains have come to an end, and the Albertine Rift Endemics have to survive here.
Highly sought-after avian jewelers such as green broadbills and Green-breasted pitchers breed and are easy to detect during Safari in July.
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