Safari in June is a way to enjoy some exclusiveness in nature and the wild for adventure lovers around the world. The mind wants to get out of the monotony and enjoy the charm of nature during the safari in June. In fact, June peaks indicate the start of the safari season, through July and August high visitors still have a month left.
South Africa’s monsoon rear-view mirrors, temperatures, and humidity are low, and all of these systems go into another cracker safari season.
Thin shrubs begin to foliage, the earlier green grasses and shrubs return to dry stalks, and it is now much easier to find these unfinished leopards and lions.
Don’t be fooled by cold nights and mornings, especially in high elevations and close waters – and bring warm clothing for that time of your safari day. But for the rest of the day, short sleeves are still the norm, with comfortable temperatures in the mid-to-late decades (Celsius).
Also, expect more dust in the air than in the wet season, so be sure to bring protection to your camera equipment.
Many of those unhealthy mosquitoes and other insects have disappeared, and even though the risk of malaria is low during the cold dry months, we recommend taking precautionary measures during this time.
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.
Many species, such as elephants, buffaloes, wildebeest, and zebras that fan out over the wet months in the wider, distant backcountry, are now beginning to return to the proximity of tourist lodges – 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 to make the safari in June.
Of course, these seasonal rituals will be the exception – including Cape Town and the Garden Route, where the Mediterranean climate brings warm and cool weather in June (though at the time of writing, the region is experiencing severe drought).
By contrast, East Africa is still enjoying its original wet season, with cooling off often in the afternoon during the safari in June.
June is a great time to visit the Greater Kruger National Park in South Africa – before the start of the local school holidays and the main international safari season in June.
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).
In South Africa, we also recommend giving Madikway Game Reserve a safari in June. 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 the safari in June.
Tao Pan Camp eats cheetahs from the pool at Central Kalahari Game Reserve in Batalawan
Au Tau Pan Camp, Central Kalahari Game Reserve, Botswana
June is also a great time to visit Botswana anywhere. The annual flood boat is entering the Opavango Delta from its source in the Angolan Highlands at the time of the safari in June.
Although they are not yet at their peak, there is enough water to experience the magic of this amazing land water Drying temporary water sources from the monsoon rains across Botswana means that wildlife has begun to converge on permanent water sources such as the Chivi River and perennial rivers to feed the northern flood plains while the safari in June.
In Zambia, floodwaters have been reduced from rainfall streams in most parts of the country for 3-5 months of the year, and areas such as Luangwa Valley and Kafue National Park are now open for business.
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
That magnificent splendor, The Great Wildebeest Migration, continues northward through the western corridor of Tanzania’s Serengeti National Park and crosses the dramatic Grumeti River during the safari in June.
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.
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Tracking for mountain gorillas, shimps and gold monkeys are now maximum in Uganda’s Bibindi Irrevocable National Park and Kibale National Park and Rwanda Volcano National Park, with views over mountains and volcanic lakes forever.
For trekking lowland gorillas, head to Odjala-Kokoua National Park in Congo and enjoy this humble monster of the dry season, as well as other specialties like bongos, forest buffalo, and forest elephants.
For bird watchers, June is plenty of time 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 the safari in June.
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