Where to go in Africa in July

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We absolutely adore walking safaris (a Zambian speciality), but they’re not fun when the sun’s blazing down and you’re dying for a snooze. This makes June, African “winter” the ideal time to explore the bush on foot.

South Africa’s Western Cape can be wet and chilly, but hey- anyone who’s grown up spending “summer” in Britain won’t be put off by that! Best of all this is a fantastic time of year for whale watching– some of the best land-based whale watching in the world happens in Hermanus between June and September/October, and there’s a whale crier walking the town streets to alert you to their presence. This is also one of the best times to catch great white sharks breaching off the southern coast of Cape Town.

If we had to pick, July (and to be fair, June) would probably be our favourite time of year to see Victoria Falls at its best. Water levels are still high enough to impress, but have fallen a little below peak spray, when the mist around the falls can make them difficult to view.

In both Rwanda and Uganda July is one of the coolest, and driest months of the year, making for ideal gorilla trekking conditions. Though we would stress- in this part of the world it really can rain torrentially at any time, so pack accordingly!

Lastly, July is one of the peak game viewing seasons in the Okavango Delta in Botswana. Prices are at their absolute highest, but the reward is some spectacular wildlife sightings.

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