(Last Updated On: March 15, 2020)

How to Decide the Best Safari in May? South Africa is entering its autumn season with a slightly cooler, drier weather than the hot summer weather in the cloud. East Africa struggles with incredible weather, in the middle of its long rainy season. This article will help you to decide the best safari in May.

Safari in May

Be sure to pack light clothing to cover open areas, wide-brimmed hats, sunglasses, and high-factor sun lotions.

And of course, keep a raincoat nearby for a weird shower. Read this article for a complete safari packing list and more about asanas tu in Africa.

South African thin bushveld trees begin to turn yellow and some leaves are falling. The formerly bright green grass and shrubs are returning to the dry stems – which means it will soon become easier to find wildlife.

However, seeing wildlife can still be traumatic in places as the plants are still relatively dense and have residual surface water to keep the wildlife disturbed.

Expect fewer tourists and lower prices compared to the Safari Safari months, and offers discounts on available year-rounds far beyond easily accessible regions.

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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.

Great Kruger, South Africa, Glamping on Safari Timbavati

Glamping on the Timbata in Greater Kruger

South Africa

Cape Town and the Garden Route are now enjoying the autumn weather and you can enjoy the beaches and outdoor lifestyle even after the long summer days have passed.

And of course, there is no festive season queue, which means great opportunities for wine, dining and chilling on the beach.

Greater Kruger National Park in South Africa is good for all seasons and Mayo is no exception.

The national park is busy all year long, and we instead propose a private archive on the west side 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 endangered species such as leopards, wild dogs, and brown hyenas.

Autumn Kruger Bushveld begins to dry and game drives become more productive Africa’s safari

Autumn Kruger Bushveld began to dry up and game drives became more productive

In Botswana, the dry season has begun and the annual Okavango Delta flood waters are moving south from their source in the Angolan Highlands.

However, the water is still in the northern area in May and many have not yet reached the lodge. Only lodges with permanent deep water channels provide water activities such as boat cruises and macaro excursions in May.

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.

The river is high during May, so spray it with a loud noise at the rim of the waterfall and at the lower neck and expect to be deaf.

In Zambia, floods have reduced flood waters over most parts of the country for 3-5 months of the year, and areas like 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.

Safari in May

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.

East and Central Africa

If you visit in May to see the Great Wildebeest migration, you will find livestock in Serengeti, southwest of Tanzania.

The ‘long rains’ are here, so you’ll need your rain jacket. The wettest part of the day is dusk. Rain makes the plains slippery and vehicles will fight to get anywhere.

In May, you will probably be able to find livestock between Muru and Mokoma and are heading towards Leg Magadi safari in May. Calves born at the beginning of the year are getting bigger and stronger, and livestock is covering more distances every day.

Great migration explanation

Kenya’s Masai Mara is now enjoying its ‘secret season’ at a later stage when tourists are few, and a large number of hunting species that are not pursuing livestock begin to attack.

Resident breeds such as Thomson and Grant’s gazelles, impulses, warthogs, topsides and coke’s heartbeats are furs game 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 safari in May.

Zanzibar is enjoying their annual long rainfall, so for those who prefer cloudless skies, we recommend that you avoid the islands in May and instead travel to Seychelles, where the southeast trade winds keep the rain away and start the dry season.

Mountains and lowland gorillas, chimps, and gold monkeys will see heavy rains in the regions for trekking and so we suggest delaying your humid experience until the horrible wet.

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