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Best time of year to safari in South Africa

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Since 2005 I've safaried every year in South Africa in September. And one time also in May of 2007.

My last safari, the first three weeks in Sep, had mostly good weather, but, did have six days of solid overcast skies. No rain, but one morning was very heavy fog/drizzel. Last year, 2007, same time frame, I had also six days of very overcast skies including two mornings of light rain. The heavy overcast skies play holly heck with my photographic skills, I don't like "flat" light..

So, this year I asked around at Kings Camp and Kirkmans about the best weather month for safari in South Africa. Got two answers, August and July. And also was told that August is typically very windy and July typically cold mornings. Windy days are not good for wildlife viewing, the noisey winds apparently disturb their sensor perceptions, they shelter more. Cold would be better. Cold mornings are fine with me, just have to dress for them. Also, May, I looked back at my notes for May 2007 and skies were clear but did have a couple of cold days. So I'm thinking July or May for SA safari.

I'm looking here for opinions/facts as to what month of the year is the best time to safari in SA. And hopefully some SA residents, camp staff, who frequent the forum, and know SA year round, will respond. Is August usually a windy month? Is July a calm, sunny month? May? Thanks in advance.

regards - tom

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