23 Nov 11
For those in search of a safari with maximum game viewing, but minimum cost, tour operator and safari experts, Africa Odyssey reveal the secret seasons to travel in East Africa and top tips to save money in 2012. With huge savings available, guests can enjoy a once-in-a-lifetime safari for less to the Serengeti in Tanzania and Kenya, Botswana, Southern Tanzania and Zambia.
February/March – Serengeti, Tanzania & Kenya
February and early March is official calving season, which turns the Serengeti into a frenzy of activity with predators such as lion, cheetah and leopard on the hunt for newly born wildebeest, gazelle and zebra. Yet there are fewer tourists this time of year, due to the threat of rain in late March, so many of the lodges drop their prices. However it’s a prime time for a safari for less.
Prices in February/March start from £4,400 for 10 nights with six nights at Alex Walker’s Serian Serengeti and four nights at Serian Mara to include flights with British Airways. Similar travel from July to September would cost approx. £6,200 per person.
April/May – Botswana
April and May is known by safari aficionados as secret season in Botswana with quiet parks, lower prices and most importantly, the Okavango Delta looks its best. This is when the first wave of full flood reaches the Okavango to create a lush, stunning oasis. And as the water floods in, the animals follow. Visitors can see elephants, hippos, buffalos, antelopes, crocodiles, lions, cheetahs, leopards, rhino, hyena, zebra and over 400 different bird species.
Prices in April/May start from £3,700 per person for six nights split equally between Tubu Tree in the Okavango and Chobe Chilwero in the Chobe National Park to include flights with British Airways. Similar travel from July to October would cost approx. £5,300 per person.
July/August – Southern Tanzania
July and August is peak season for game viewing in Southern Tanzania with a veritable feast of animals congregating around the rivers including lots of big cats, large elephants and buffalo herds. While this is the most popular time to visit, some camps in the area are actually offering huge savings with low season rates in 2012 if booked early.
Prices in July/August start from £3,377 per person for six nights split equally between the Selous Safari Camp and Jongomero to include flights with British Airways. Similar travel staying in other camps in the area at this time of year would cost approx. £5,000 per person.
October – Zambia
Though October is at the tail end of the dry season, when game viewing reaches its peak and walking safaris are at their best with increased chances of encounters with big game, it’s still a great time to visit. Many animals congregate around the rivers so are easy to catch sight of. Expect to see cats everywhere, exceptional leopard viewing on night drives and boating safaris on the lower Zambezi are arguably the best in Africa at this time of year with elephants everywhere!
Prices in October start from £3,600 per person for six nights split equally between Chikoko Tree Camp and Old Mondoro to include flights with British Airways. Similar travel in August and September would cost approx. £4,300 per person.
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