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May - October

African Travel & Safaris Between May and October

The months from May through to October are generally the autumn and winter months in or African destinations. Since inland safari areas generally receive their rainfall from summer thundershowers, this means these months are also the drier months, and conditions are cool and pleasant all round.

WILDLIFE SAFARIS BETWEEN MAY AND OCTOBER

These drier months are the best time to go on a safari in Africa for excellent viewing of big game. Little rainfall during the winter allows the bush and grasses to thin out, making spotting and tracking of game notably easier at this time of year. Whilst conditions for wildlife survival are visibly harsher during the winter, the lack of water at this time of year also drives animals toward rivers and waterholes, where they can be more easily found as they congregate in search of much needed drinking water.

EAST AFRICA AND THE GREAT MIGRATION

In East Africa, the herds of Wildebeest of the great game migration make their way northward in search of water, moving into the northern Serengeti and then into the Ma'asai Mara in Kenya after the end of the long rainfalls that take place during the earlier months of this period. Once the longer rainfalls come to an end, temperatures are mild, conditions pleasant, and wildlife plentiful with sightings of particularly large herds to be expected. This season is also the season for some of the more famous scenes of the migration crossing the Grumeti and Mara Rivers, so position yourself well for this.

THE ULTIMATE TIME TO EXPERIENCE BOTSWANA

Moving to southern Africa, these are very much the premium months for viewing of game in the Okavango Delta, Selinda, Linyanti and Chobe National Park areas of Botswana. During these months, the floodwaters arrive from the highlands of Angola and spread out across the delta, and this high water season is a great season for animal action here (as well as boating and canoeing on the Delta) and the drier, cooler climate with very few mosquitoes makes for a very comfortable time with exciting wildlife experiences. If you are hoping to see lion prides hunting buffalo in two feet of water, this is the month to do it! Toward the end of this season, game viewing conditions are at their peak in this area.

SOUTH AFRICA

Albeit slightly cooler, these months are also the best for game viewing in the Kruger National Park, Sabi Sand and Timbavati game reserves in South Africa. Temperatures are moderately cool, there are no afternoon thundershowers, game is easier to spot, and this only improves as the winter moves on toward September. This is also a good time to visit KwaZulu Natal, as the tropical climate here means it can get wet during the summer.

MILD DESERT VACATIONS

To experience milder conditions in otherwise very hot and arid countries, the Etosha Pan in northern Namibia can also be visited at this time of year, when it is less humid than during the summer months. Whilst the breathtaking experiences around Sossusvlei and Namibrand in Namibia can be enjoyed all year, the spring months between August and October are excellent months to visit, for more moderate temperatures, hiking, clear skies, and outstanding photography opportunities.

A WINDOW FOR GORILLA TREKKING

There are two windows during the year when one can experience the best conditions for gorilla trekking in the highlands of Rwanda or Uganda, and the month or two after the end of the longer rainfall season, which sees heavy rainfall in the mountaineous gorilla habitats, forms one of those windows. Conditions at this time make for accessible and comfortable trekking.


 
 

Great Itineraries for May - October:

Vast Open Spaces & New Experiences
9 Days
From US$11 250 pp.

In this Safari we venture far off the beaten track, to take in some of the least inhabited parts of the planet, and some of the most famous wildlife...
Vast Open Spaces & New Experiences

Experienced in May - October

The Very Best of The Ma'asai Mara and the Serengeti
10 Days
From US$11 215 pp.

On this journey we use a single trip to explore two key areas, making the most of the time you have available..
The Very Best of The Ma'asai Mara and the Serengeti

Experienced in May - October

8 Days 5-Star Chobe, Okavango and Cape Town
8 Days
US$7 395 pps.

Take advantage of a wonderful combination offer, experiencing northern Botswana and Cape Town in luxury and age-old style...
8 Days 5-Star Chobe, Okavango and Cape Town

Experienced in May - October

Simplistic Living in Tanzania
10 Days / 9 Nights
POA

Discover the charm of simplistic living at some of Tanzania’s finest nature-orientated lodges. Walk through the open wilderness in Tarangire...
Simplistic Living in Tanzania

Experienced in May - October

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We have arrived back safely to Bangkok. We want to personally thank you and your team at Robert Marks for recommending and helping to organize one of the best trip of our lives. We both fell in love with Kenya and Tanzania and was sad to leave. Mahali Mzuri and Mnemba Island were well over our initial expectations.

Wansit, Bangkok

Catherine, we have just made it back after our wonderful holiday. Thank you so much for your efforts. We would definitely recommend you and the team to others!

Again, thank you so much for organising probably one of our best holidays to date! It was incredible.

Reena, Singapore

We had an amazing trip. Thank you for organizing such a great vacation for us. It went very smoothly. All the transfers, accommodations and activities were very well organized. We also liked your app, it was very useful. Overall it was the best vacation we had so far, and we traveled a lot. Thank you for organizing it so well.

Yana, New York

We arrived back in HK earlier this morning and I would like to thank you for the fantastic arrangements at the safaris.

Our family had a great time and we will not hesitate to recommend you to our friends.

Rajat



Overall, we had a great trip, thank you for helping us organise everything!

Jolene, New York


Overall we had a fantastic trip to the Okavango Delta. Everything was perfectly organised. Thanks a lot for making this trip memorable and totally hassle free. Our entire family loved it.

Jay


Thank you - everything went well, all the arrangements went well and it was exactly the kind of thing that we wanted out of this trip.

Beatta, Germany



We had a great time on Safari - thank you so much for planning a fantastic trip!

Sian, U.K.


We had a fantastic time, everything ran very smoothly. The visas were all easy, Rwanda is now a full visa on arrival service for U.K. Citizen, so no need to apply online at all before hand.

Samantha, UK


We are back in Sydney, I'm not back at work until Wednesday, Absolutely amazing - I don't know where to start. I would rattle on email so perhaps we can chat when you are free. Happy to give you feedback, suffice to say we will be booking all future African trips with you.

Millie, Sydney


Thanks Catherine, all went on well. Kapama was really excellent. We had awesome experience there. And the overall arrangement was great.

Kausalya G

In all, we were very pleased with your recommendations and the overall arrangements, and we would happily recommend RMS to friends who consider an African holiday. I must also add that you have been a pleasure to deal with, always prompt in your responses to queries even when you have been away in the bushes !! Well done.

Sri



Greetings from Singita, you've killed it again!!! Cheers, awesome place!!

Sunil, Switzerland

Thank you for xxxx. Once again. This clearly demonstrate the excellence of your after sales service. I must say, you couldn't have done better. We greatly appreciate every prompt and fruitful assistance you provide during this whole event (from planning to event completion). We will definitely come back for more and recommend your services to friends.

Mac, Singapore

We had a fantastic time, everything ran very smoothly. The internal flight times changed (I think for every single one!) but the guides knew what was going on and had us there at an appropriate time for each. Thanks for all your hard work organising this magical trip for us.

Sam L


The safari was a success and the wife was deeply satisfied. the game in Masai mara was great, the kindness of the people was amazing.

Frederick - Singapore


We had a fantastic honeymoon, absolutely loved Kenya and Tanzania - both really wonderful countries. Our safari at Eagle View was great - beautiful scenery, great animals and wonderful staff. Thanks for all your help in organising it!

Matt, Hong Kong



We are finally back.. Thanks alot for all your help..We really enjoyed and had a terrific experience in both Namibia and SA..

Jose, Mexico

Thanks to you, your expertise and your attention to my needs, this trip was the best of my life! and i had fabulous trips in my life already, but this one surpassed them all. there was not a single hiccup with accommodation or transportation. nothing. flawless!

The trip was well organised and i am happy i finished it with Namibia. Wow!

Karen, France

We had a simply wonderful trip especially in Botswana. Super accommodation, wonderful guides. Everything was so organised with the food and we were a little worried that we might not have much to eat as vegans, but everyone was very accommodating and we ate so very well! :-).

Sebastien, Vancouver

I'm very impressed by every detail, particularly the seamless guidance from the moment I landed Nairobi. This took away my biggest concern with safety. Thank you very much again Catherine for all efforts made. Africa now becomes a preferred option for our family holiday. I'm sure I'll need your help again not too long.

F. Y. - Hong Kong


Thanks for the follow up. We had a great time and the organisation all went very smoothly, so many thanks. The private plane charter was a big success – the kids loved it. And very swish service etc. – all very impressive, felt rather special and was a wonderful start.

John, Singapore


Hi Stacey, Thank you for this! And thank you for this amazing trip, we can't quite believe it, it's been so magnificent so far and we are totally in love with South Africa, it's been incredible. And these places!!! We've toasted a few times to you so far, this is amazing!!!

Gen, Hong Kong


Hi Rob, My Fiancee and I had a wonderful time on the trip. All of the camps you chose for the safaris were top notch and we saw pretty much everything (4 of the big 5). Thanks again for you help and setting up a most memorable trip.

Kenneth, Hong Kong

Thank you so much for your email and for organising this trip for us.

Yes everything went smoothly and me and my buddies, we had a great time. Thanks for your help in arranging this trip. It was fantastic and memorable!

Joey, Singapore

Ol Donyo was really magnificent. The managers of the camp - Shaun Mousley and Amy both are very warm and friendly. They made us feel very welcomed and we thoroughly enjoyed staying at Ol Donyo. The camp is on par in terms of standards with Singita group, in terms of quality of their accommodation and service.

Joey, Singapore



We had an absolutely wonderful time in SA! Thank you for all your arrangements!

Peggy



The tour you organised to Cape Point was excellent and our guide for the day, Jerry, was very engaging and knowledgeable.

Jeremy



Our recommendation for first timer safari goers is that 5 days is an absolute minimum to go for.

Karen, Singapore


We were very happy with the whole trip and are planning to visit different lodges in Africa. Next up we are looking at Tanzania for next year and we think it will likely be a yearly trip for us to Africa!

Karen, Singapore


The feeling at Mara Plains was really good. The managers were great, a lovely couple, and the guides were really good as well.

Nick, Hong Kong



Everything went really, really well with the whole trip. In hindsight the highlights were the Gorillas and Victoria Falls.

Nick, New York



Botswana - The safari was incredible!

Daniel G

The safari turned out to be the absolute highlight of our trip.

Thank you so much for recommending Sabi Sabi. It was perfect for us. We loved every minute of the safari experience and each day saw The Big 5 - and more!! It was a truly remarkable experience.

Linsey

Thanks Stacey, we had a great time, everything went very smoothly. By far the easiest trip we have taken. Kim was there to meet us in Johannesburg and everything went very smooth from there, pickups, flights, reservations, etc. Ate way too much, saw lions on a kudu hunt, leopard finishing off a little duiker, rhino, elephant, impala, bush bark, water buffalo, wildebeest, nyla, etc. Very sad to leave!

Robert, Malaysia


Suffice to say we had a great time! The organisation worked as clockwork, and all thanks to you for organising it perfectly. The two guides we had were excellent and we saw the Big 5 in both Tarangire and the Serengeti.

S. S. - Malaysia


We really had a fantastic time. Thanks for putting together such a great itinerary for us, we really were impressed with the quality of the itinerary that you put together for us.

Ray - Hong Kong


Little Tubu was our favourite of the three camps we stayed at but even the others were also really good. Small camp and far away from everything, really great. Suggestions from Robert Mark were very good and the staff at the camps looked after us well. Very exciting.

Danny Ng - Hong Kong



Spent 10 Days in Kenya Oct 2014, had a great time, everything was superb, thanks a lot RMS for organizing everything. Tarryn & Glen

Tarryn & Glen - Dubai

We utilized Robert Mark Safaris for a recent adventure holiday to Serengeti & Ngorongoro. It had always been on our bucket list. Robert Mark Safaris were fantastic in ensuring that out trip went seamlessly, and we were especially pleased with the detail that they placed on our personal requests. They also provided some great recommendations that added special memories to our trip. Thanks again, we will be back.

Steven Rowe - Australia

Amazing experience that took us to two different safari lodges.

With plenty of opportunities for hiccups along the way the whole trip ran very smoothly and was the trip of a life time. I highly recommend Robert Mark Safaris if you are looking for a hassle free, safari experience.

David S - Hong Kong



Our expectations were high, but the reality topped all preconceptions.

Dave

A group of my friends and I were looking for an African Adventure when we were recommended Robert Mark Safaris, and we were not disappointed. We had the most fabulous tour ever - Initially we spent a week in the beautiful Cape Town. The service we received from the Robert Mark Safaris team were second to none and we could not be more thankful. Thanks again, and we cant wait to return!

Pierre V - Australia


We could hear the elephants walking through the camp at night, hyenas cackling away close by and even hippos as they left the water to graze in the cool of the evening.

Fonty Z


Elephants were a frequent visitor around our tent particularly one which liked to sleep beside our tent, buffalo tended to wander past and numerous small animals delighted us with their antics.

Bev P



Mombo is one of the premier camps in the Okavango Delta. Food, accommodation and service are absolutely top class.

M Witul



E - for excellent, excessive and exceptional.

Eud - Hong Kong


Excellent Trip! King's Pool will be first on our list for our next visit to Botswana.

Spencer L



Our entire experience at Chitabe was first-class. The wildlife we were able to see in a few short days was unbelievable.

Paharlan


"Abu Camp on the Okavango Delta in Botswana is surely at the top end for luxury African safari camps… There is an incredible amount of game to be viewed… Finally, the great attraction of the camp is the Abu elephant herd."

Gordon D

My Boyfriend and I were very happy with the service provided by Robert Mark Safaris on our visit to the South Africa - we went to the Sabi Sand Game Reserve and Cape Town They made sure we were taken care of the whole way through and even planned ahead of us to make sure our activities were scheduled according to the weather conditions. Two Thumbs up!

E Lim - Singapore

I was fortunate enough to get to spend two nights at Sabi Sabi Earth Lodge. What a great Experience. Sabi Sabi is a top class reserve and the game viewing was brilliant. Robert Mark Safaris did a great job & the lodge itself is luxurious and modern and a really nice place to return to after sundowners and a night drive!

Gary D - Sydney


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