By March most of the safari destinations in Africa are moving towards the end of their wet season – but for us, this time of year is all about Botswana! Here, as the rains ease so do the temperatures. The days are glorious, tourist numbers low and great value packages are still available. Despite the recent summer rains floodwater from further upstream usually has not yet flooded the Okavango Delta making this the best time to visit the Delta and the Savuti region of Chobe National Park.
We also highly recommend Zambia, a destination which is particularly spectacular as the as the seasons change. The parks are verdant with life, the light is beautiful and in South Luangwa, the mighty Luangwa River is flowing fast with water- a photographer’s dream! Whilst some of the bush camps are still closed from the recent rains, many here are open year-round, so there are always great places to pitch a tent and spend the night.
For the seasoned safari traveller, Liuwa Plain National Park in Zambia’s west is a highlight with plenty of water making for beautiful scenery and prolific birdlife. The wildebeest migration in the south of the park is still in progress and the great herds are accompanied by some great predator action. It’s worth noting that getting around can be a little harder due to the recent influx of water, but we think it simply adds to the adventure for the wild at heart!
Namibia is also worth visiting in March as the heat is easing, lush grass covers the plains, sunsets are spectacular and passing storm clouds create a dramatic backdrop.
As this is the final month of east Africa’s short dry season it is still a great time to visit this region.
The table below indicates the locations which we rate as the best and good in March.
For some inspiration, see Frank’s video on March Wildlife Sightings
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