Safari in October is a must-visit for hurricanes and probably the best wildlife in South Africa. The peak safari season is good, and indeed last, the summer is over, and there is very little water available for wildlife to drink.
Traveling in the rainy regions of East and Central Africa has made travel uncomfortable for those who live in the rainy season.
The great seawater of the Mara-Serengeti ecosystem continues, and river crossings in the north offer vibration.
Some describe South Africa as ‘suicide month’ in October due to intense heat and dry, dusty conditions at Safari in October.
The presence of thirsty creatures becomes less of a tourist as crowds around the water source and the prospect of seeing exceptional wildlife become an easy target for hunters.
Be sure to wake up early to avoid intense heat and dust from deep mornings to deep afternoons, during this time you should return to camp and enjoy cool drinks and a refreshing snack, with pool-exposed areas, a wide-brimmed hat, sunglasses, and highs during Safari in October.
Be sure to pack light clothing to cover Factor Sun Lotion. Read this article for a complete safari packing list and more about asans tu in Africa.
Mosquitoes are not usually an issue because of the low surface water in South Africa – but we recommend that you take precautionary measures during Safari in October.
The scarcity of water means that water sources are in the parched landscape – especially in water-dependent species such as elephants, buffaloes, wildebeest, and zebras.
And of course, lions, leopards, wild dogs, cheetahs, and hyenas are waiting for this easy meal and this is a great time to watch their action as they target thirsty victims you may find during Safari in October.
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.
There are many trees and shrubs associated with it, and the grass stalks have dried up – so it’s much easier to see the animals than the rain. Some thin trees, such as mopes, start sprouting in October in anticipation of the first rains, usually with a month left and migrants. The birds begin to arrive and breed which you may experience during Safari in October.
The Mediterranean is the beginning of summer for Cape Town and the Garden Route, but you can expect some wet and cool weather in October.
October is a great time to visit South Africa’s Greater Kruger National Park for all the above reasons since the park is busy all year long, and we instead recommend a private archive at the west end of the park, where the 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 in October. 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.
October is a great time to visit Botswana anywhere. The annual Okavango Delta floodwaters recovered from the Angolan highlands have subsided and only permanent deep water channels still provide water activities such as boat baiting and Moko Outo during Safari in October.
Bushveld away from the water is very dry and dusty, with wildlife gathering in standing water sources such as perennial rivers that feed the Chivi River and floodplains in the north.
In Zambia, it is leopard-centered in the Luangwa Valley and Kafue National Park is in full safari mode.
South Luangwa National Park’s Seasoned Shrubs are a special treat for seasoned safari travelers and walking safari enthusiasts, and before the rainy season closes in their last month at this time of Safari in October.
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
In October, it was found that the flocks of the Great Willardibist emigration still spread like flies on the Masai Mara in Kenya and in the vast plains of Serengeti in northern Tanzania.
Most flocks now graze nutritious green grass and hunt lions, leopards, cheetahs, and hyenas throughout the year to hunt them. For crossing the river Nirivar, hang on the banks of the Mara River (on either side of the Kenyan or Tanzanian), as the herds wander back and forth at this time of Safari in October.
In Tanzania, Tarangire and Lair are perfect for visiting the lesser-known Northern Circuit reserves of Myanmar, such as the Southern Circuit Ratna Sales, Ruha, and Katavi.
It’s rainy in Uganda’s Bibindi Fortress National Park and Kibale National Park and the mountain gorilla and chimp trekking areas of Rwanda Vulcanos National Park and it’s best to avoid traveling there at this time.
The same is true of the lowland gorilla trekking in the Odjala-Kokoa National Park in Congo (also good for bongos, forest buffalo, and forest elephants), where the monsoon has begun and we do not recommend any travel during this time.
Islands like Zanzibar, Seychelles, and Mozambique’s Bazaruto Archipelago are great in October, making it a combined bush-and-beach vacation.
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