We always like to say that the best time to come to Africa is today. But that’s probably because we’re so excited to share our continent with you. However, there are times of year that offer something a little more special to travellers, and our winter months are absolute proof of this. African travel in July is full of adventure and excitement and promises magical moments at every turn. Here are some of our favourite African destinations to enjoy in July!
1. Okavango Delta, Botswana
The watery tendrils of the Okavango Delta branch out, weaving a labyrinth filled to the brim with game-viewing opportunities. The famous Big 5 calls this special UNESCO World Heritage Site home. And you’ll quickly see why the Okavang Delta is such a popular destination, with its endless floodplains, riverine woodland, lush forests and cloud-strewn sky reflecting on the serene channels.
Safari activities in the Okavango Delta are centred around the water. Exploring marshy waterways by boat and even traditional mokoro (a dugout canoe) offers a fresh perspective on a safari. However, you aren’t only limited to the water, as traditional game-viewing vehicles and walking safaris are also options. Those looking to take in the entirety of this fantastic destination can take to the skies to enjoy a bird’s-eye view from a helicopter.
One of the most fascinating aspects of travelling to this area is how no visit is ever quite the same. Fluctuating water levels, varying seasons, and the changes they bring about means that this landscape is forever shifting and changing. And along with it is the presence of various wildlife species that thrive under each set of conditions.
Favourite Property: Sable Alley
Step into a wild wonderland featuring yawning hippos, overhanging trees, and the tranquil sounds of nature on repeat. Sable Alley in northern Botswana is the perfect escape into serenity. Set next to a lagoon mere moments from the Okavango Delta’s Moremi Game Reserve, wildlife wanders throughout the landscape day and night.
Each of Sable Alley’s luxurious tents is nestled between the trees and offers uninterrupted views of the lagoon from a private viewing deck. The modern yet earthy design creates a truly immersive experience.
2. Amboseli National Park, Kenya
Savannah extending as far as the eye can see and vibrant oases of swamps teeming with life collectively form the Amboseli National Park. Set against the iconic backdrop of Mount Kilimanjaro’s expansive base and snow-covered peaks, this is one of Africa’s most spectacularly scenic destinations.
While visitors can expect to see an assortment of large game and bird species, getting up close to herds of free-ranging elephants is what Amboseli is most famous for. These gentle giants live among the semi-nomadic Maasai people, who act as custodians of the land. You can learn more about them during village tours.
Our Favourite Property: Tortilis Camp
Tortilis Camp boasts the famous view of Mount Kilimanjaro visitors to Amboseli National park dream of. With 16 Maasai-inspired safari tents, the camp offers a luxurious sanctuary for guests to take in the magnificence at their doorstep.
Located in the Maasai-owned and managed Kitirua Conservancy, Tortilis Camp is intrinsically connected to local communities. Local guides impart their expert knowledge of the region on game drives, walking safaris and cultural interactions at local villages.
3. Serengeti National Park, Tanzania
Although the Serengeti is home to the Big 5, it’s most famous for being host to the Great Migration. This grand annual phenomenon sees millions of wildebeest, followed by gazelle and zebra, set off in search of greener pastures, running the gauntlet of predators along the way.
Whilst the sheer size and scale of the herds are a remarkable sight, the predators that follow and lurk on their heels waiting for an opportunity to pounce make this journey sure to be packed with exhilarating wildlife sightings.
July sees the herds move into the Grumeti region and the Great Migration is in full swing. When it comes to iconic African experiences, few come close to witnessing the Great Migration, therefore making this a prime destination for African travel in July.
Our Favourite Property: Singita Sabora Tented Camp
The elegance of Sabora Tented Camp is in stark contrast to its untamed surroundings, promising “Out of Africa” style glamour in the Serengeti. Spend your days on safari, swimming or enjoying a spa treatment at the camp, while your evenings are reserved for dinner under the canopy of a lantern-bejewelled acacia tree.
Found in the Grumeti Reserve, an integral part of the Serengeti ecosystem, Singita Sabora is ideally placed for visitors hoping to witness the Great Migration. However, the Serengeti and Grumeti reserves are year-round safari destinations thanks to the heady lion, elephant, buffalo, leopard and zebra populations, promising guests a consistently exceptional wildlife-viewing experience.
4. Seychelles, East Africa
Seychelles lies off the East African coast and comprises over 100 islands. White beaches and shimmering cerulean waters hug granite-backed hills covered in thick, tropical forest. Simply put, Seychelles is the very embodiment of an island paradise and is always near the top of the list for African travel in July.
For travellers wanting a taste of Seychellois culture and to do some sightseeing, a tour through the island of Mahé is a good start. Those seeking nothing but sun and sand can board a ferry to Praslin to stroll along one of the world’s most beautiful beaches. Or, if you’re seeking pure luxury, fly by helicopter into any of the most exclusive resorts, each found on their own private island. There’s just nothing better!
The warm, crystal clear ocean is filled with an astounding array of marine life, making water-based activities a highlight for any visitor to Seychelles. Slip beneath the waves when diving and snorkelling or peer down at the underwater world on a glass-bottomed boat cruise. Guests can also take in the rich history of Seychelles on cultural excursions. That is, of course, if you can bring yourself to leave the beach!
Our Favourite Property: Constance Lemuria
On the secluded coast of the island of Praslin, you’ll find Constance Lemuria. Graced with white sandy beaches, warm ocean waters, and lush vegetation, this tropical paradise is well worth visiting.
Constance Lemuria truly has something to offer everyone, including the only 18-hole golf course in Seychelles, a luxury spa and a kids club all available to ensure guests can make the most of their stay. The modern styling elegantly paired with natural materials provides a warm and tropical ambience throughout this luxurious resort.
African Travel in July is Prime Time!
Africa’s winter months are the peak season for visiting our continent’s most popular destinations. As a result, African travel in July promises exceptional game viewing, temperate climates and some of the most spectacular natural phenomena on the planet. All this and the fact that it’s the summer holidays for those visiting from the northern hemisphere make this time of year extremely popular.
So, if you’re planning African travel in July, don’t delay and get in touch with one of our Rhino Africa Travel Experts today. They’ll guide you on your way to the African adventure of a lifetime. See you in Africa!