Where to holiday in Southern Africa from June to September.
European and North American summer holidays means winter in the southern hemisphere, but it’s still a great time to visit some of the jewels of the region. Temperatures are warmer than you would expect, and places like the Okavango Delta, Sossusvlei and Victoria Falls are best experienced in July and/or August.
The Okavango Delta, Botswana
The Okavango Delta is one of the continent’s bucket list destinations. The best time to visit is from July to September, during the dry winter season when the delta is flooded and the temperature is milder. Exploring the delta in an iconic mokoro, a traditional dug out canoe, is possible during these months, when the delta is flooded.
Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe
Victoria Falls can be visited during peak water flow from February to May, but I prefer to visit during low water levels so that you can experience Devil’s Pool, and see more of the falls without getting as wet. August through to December is when the falls are at their lowest. While at Victoria Falls, take a day trip to Chobe or visit Mana Pools, one of the finest wilderness areas in Africa.
Vilanculos & Bazaruto Islands, Mozambique
August is an excellent month to visit Mozambique, especially Vilanculos. The day time temperatures are around 29°C, with cooler evenings and fewer mosquitos. Vilanculos is a gateway to the Bazaruto Archipelago with its white sand beaches, excellent snorkelling and diving and incredible blue waters. If you want to relax like never before, you’ve come to the right place.
Sossusvlei, in the Namib Desert is best visited between May and October. The climate is much more comfortable during the winter months of July and August where the day time temperatures reach around 22°C and days are almost always sunny. Float in a hot air balloon over the desert at sunrise, climb Big Daddy, and take photographs at the surreal landscapes of Dead Vlei.
If you have not yet planned a summer holiday, and are considering a trip to Southern Africa, contact us on [email protected] for a tailor made quote.
We had an exceptional month, with 39 Leopard customers travelling during April which has been our biggest month to date. Let’s hope this is a sign of things to come. After the emotional rollercoaster and complete unpredictability of 2020 and 2021, it would provide welcome relief to have a steady flow of visitors!
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