Wildlife safari September, locations are chosen for:
• The weather, as wet weather often means animals will shelter while long spells of rain stimulate growth of vegetation that hides to creatures, especially out in the great plains of East and South Africa. In Namibia rain means the wildlife does not have to rely on waterholes near to rest camps. So…dry seasons are best for safaris!
• The frequency of animal sightings generally, especially the Big Five in Africa (lion, elephant, Cape buffalo, leopard and rhinoceros), the tiger in India and so on. Bugbog crew has been to most of these locations.
Self-drive or guided tour?
Note that in some locations you can get along pretty well by yourself, whether it’s walking or self-drive (e.g. Kruger in South Africa, Etosha in Namibia). But in some places you need not just a safari guide but a good safari guide who is pleasant, informative and knows where the beasts are/will be. Preferably without dozens of other tourists in the same place (e.g. Kenya, Amazon, Borneo).
Orang utang Rehabilitation Centre
Kabili Sepilok Forest, Kalimantan, Malaysia.
Playing hide-and-seek with semi-wild orange critters through an ancient rainforest. Other animals range from monkeys to monitor lizards. Best July-October.
Wildlife on foot safari
South Luangwa National Park, Zambia
This huge and undeveloped country specialises in walking safaris that permit tourists to enjoy a wide range of animals safely without having to bump around in a 4×4. Best October, good July – September. and June for bird watching. Avoid November – April (rains).
Uganda – Kibale Forest or Budongo Forest. Tanzania – Gombe Stream or Mahale Mountains for animal tracking.
Best June – September. Avoid March-May, October, November.