How to make a cheap and thrilling safari in March? Africa’s March season is mixed with mixed weather and game viewing. Safari in March is the threshold to experience nature in the season. Temperatures have cooled from the height of summer and rainfall has decreased in the summer rainfall zone.
In many Gulveld areas, this is the tail-end of the breeding season, and there are still young animals and birds everywhere!
The bush buzzes with excitement and abundance. In contrast to the short, dark days of the Northern Hemisphere, Africa celebrates this time of year with color and brilliance.
Expect fewer tourists and lower prices compared to safari months, and some lodges, some away from easily accessible areas, offer discounts at a safari in March.
Some lodges are closed for even a month or two.
Places to visit wildlife can be disastrous – largely due to the thicker green plants and higher water availability during the dry months.
However, bird watching is at its peak due to breeding activities and the presence of summer migrants during Safari in March.
This is a great time to enjoy these many celebrated little things – such as a combination of agglomerates, snakes, and leopards to feed ants growing after the rain to start the breeding cycle.
Be sure to pack light clothing to cover open areas, wide-brimmed hats, sunglasses, and high-factor sun lotions.
And of course, put on a raincoat for the weird shower. Read this article for a complete safari packing list and more about safari seasons for Safari in Africa in March.
Be aware of mosquitoes during twilight and darkness, and wear long sleeves and long pants, sleep under the mosquito and apply some form of mosquito repellent. We suggest you exercise caution during this time – please consult your doctor.
The place to consider for your safari in March
Cape Town and the Garden Route are still enjoying the end of the summer season without a row of festive seasons, which means great opportunities for wine, dining, and chill at the beach.
Greater Kruger National Park in South Africa is good for all seasons and March is no exception. The national park is busy all year long, and we recommend the private archive instead of the west end of the park, where privacy enhances the experience. Great guides increase your chances of finding the Big 5 (lion, leopard, elephant, rhinoceros, and buffalo).
In South Africa, we also recommend giving the Madikwe Game Reserve a safari. Not only is it a malaria-free zone, but it’s also a great place to look for the Big 5 and other sought-after species, such as leopards, painted wolves (wild dogs) and brown hyenas at this time of Safari in March.
March is also a great time to visit almost anywhere in Botswana, as many lodges offer good green seasonal discounts – though wildlife of the popular species is rare and can occur in between.
Be aware that the areas receiving annual Okavango Delta floodwaters from the Angolan Highlands are dry at this time of year and only permanent deep water channels still provide water activities such as boat tours and Macaro excursions.
For both Zambia and Zimbabwe, the adventure capital of Victoria Falls is open for business all year long and is a must for any Africa-fanatical fanatics.
March sees the onset of the high-water season, so expect to hear the sound of thunder and spray.
East and Central Africa
Half a million wildebeest are born in Tanzania’s southern Serengeti short grass plains each year, and in March the flocks are found in the Ndutu and Kusini Misawa regions southwest of the park. Splitting the kids into two means they go a bit slower.
And be prepared to rain some afternoon in March. Before moving clockwise north, the herds will keep for a while until they reach the grass. Click here for a month-by-month description of the world’s greatest show.
Great migration explanation
Kenya’s Masai Mara is now enjoying its ‘secret season’ when tourists are few, and resident predators attack a large number of hunting species that do not follow livestock. Residential species like Thomson and Grant’s gazelles, impalas, warthogs, topis and coke’s heartbeats have recently calmed down – easy picking for the big cats renowned by the BBC’s Big Cat Diary. For many Kenyan locals, this is the perfect time to stay in Masai Mara. March is the tail-end of the short rainy season, so expect a few showers.
Islands such as Zanzibar, Seychelles, and Mozambique’s Bazaruto Archipelago are great for most of the year but vary as rainy times and water clarity (for diving), making an unattractive bush and beach vacation an unattractive choice.
Tracking is now best for mountain gorillas, chimps and gold monkeys in Uganda Park and Kibale National Park and Rwanda Volcano National Park,
For trekking lowland gorillas, head to the Odjala-Kokoa National Park in Congo to preserve these gentle giants as well as other features such as bonuses, forest buffalo, and forest elephants.
Be aware though, that March falls into two monsoon seasons (October-December and March-April) and therefore safari activities may be brief or rainy.
March is a great time for bird watchers in Uganda and Rwanda. Here is the Albertin Rift Endemics with the highly sought-after avian gems such as green broadbills and Green-breasted pita during the Safari in March.
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