January in Africa

1 min Read January 10, 2024

January in Africa

Here’s what’s happening in January in Africa:

East Africa 

  • Vegetation is verdant, flowers are out in full bloom and the grasslands lush, it’s a brief time of bounty for many animals.
  • It’s a wonderful month for a safari in northern Tanzania, especially the southern Serengeti as the migrating herds of wildebeest and zebra start to gather in huge numbers.
  • The Loggerhead and leatherback turtles are in action off the Indian Ocean coast.
  • In Bwindi, the trails are drier making Gorillas easier to track.

Southern Africa

  • For birders, January is a peak month to enjoy the mind-boggling numbers of migrating and local birds attracted to Botswana’s Chobe and Okavango regions, it’s a twitchers’ paradise!
  • The Chobe area also offers a bonanza for elephant lovers this time of year.
  • It’s the middle of the rainy season, so you can expect warm days and afternoon thunderstorms.  
  • An ideal month for photography with the sharp contrast of the predators’ natural winter camouflage with the colorful summer colors of the landscape.  
  • If you’re visiting the Victoria Falls, it’s your last chance to leap into Devil’s Pool.

Cape Town & Surroundings

  • January is a great time to enjoy warm summer weather, outdoor concerts in Kirstenbosch (Cape Town), or picnic on the beach.
  • Check dates for Stellenbosch Street Soirees in the City of Oaks for some laidback mingling with fellow food and wine lovers. (Insider tip: January is also a great time to browse around the town while most of the 30,000+ student population is still on summer vacation.) 
  • The Galileo Open Air Cinema provides after-hours entertainment under the stars all around Cape Town 

If you want to visit Africa in January, just contact us and we will be happy to help you.

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