Green season is a full on sensory experience and one of the best times to safari if you’re a budding shutterbug.
Arno Delport, Sales & Marketing Manager at Acacia Africa, comments “From November to April the summer rains leave lush green grasses and flowering plants in their wake, the animal action bursting into life as calving season begins. Migratory birds fill the skies with colour, and better air and light conditions along with dramatic short-lived thunderstorms (an afternoon storm may reward you with a rainbow or two) make photography all the more impressive. An added plus, the longer days mean you’ll have more time on the game drive.”
While dry season is one of the best times to view wildlife in the Kruger, green season still packs some punch. With calving season well underway it’s a predator’s paradise – and it’s also the best time to visit the national park for birding. Don’t forget to add on a few lazy summer days on the beaches of Cape Town as highs of around 28 degrees Celsius are the norm.
Mr Delport also adds: “It’s all go for green season in South Luangwa, at our camp overlooking the Luangwa River.” At this time of year the river often bursts its banks and plays host to the largest population of pods in the area.
Going from no sightings to spectacular sightings, the population of endangered wild dogs has also made a recent comeback in the park and who could resist catching a glimpse of these curious characters on a walking safari, some pack members often spotted mere few feet away. Add in the opportunity to see baby impala taking their first steps, plus viewing large carmine bee-eater & stork colonies and your camera will be snapping non-stop.
In the Okavango Delta game viewing becomes even more rewarding as the floodwaters withdraw. This leaves more areas open for bush walking. Expect to see large numbers of sitatunga (a swamp-dwelling antelope), red lechwe, and a plethora of migratory birds including the Woodland Kingfisher. Mokoro safaris will still be available in the heart of the delta, making this the ideal time to combine water and land based wildlife pursuits.
Green season at the Victoria Falls is best for birders, but you might still be able to get in on the animal action at the Victoria Falls Safari Lodge, the Buffalo Bar overlooking its own waterhole. An added bonus if you’re travelling between February and May, the world’s largest falling curtain of water will be in full flow.
A rain jacket is a must as you’re bound to get wet and that waterproof iPhone7 could well come in handy. Spray permitting – on every full moon the Victoria Falls rainforest re-opens in the evening for special tours to witness the mystical magic of the lunar rainbow. One of the few places on earth where this natural phenomenon occurs, it’s a shutterbug must.
Hwange is only just gaining ground on the safari scene and in the emerald season there will be even less adventurers vying for the wildlife’s attention. Expect to see a smattering of plains game including zebra and impala, plus herds of buffalo and a fair few predators on the prowl. The place to be if you’re an avid twitcher, bring those binoculars as the number of bird species usually jumps from 400 to around 500!
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