Where to go in Africa in September

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September is the month of the Masai Mara, when hundred upon hundred of wildebeest cross the Mara and Talek Rivers. Don’t expect to have the experience all to yourself, but if you want your National Geographic photo, this is your moment.

In Tanzania visit the Selous, Ruaha and Katavi to see great concentrations of animals around the rivers, try Karatu to catch the jacaranda trees in bloom, and Mahale for the best chances of catching the chimps down near the water.

By this time of year the water levels at Victoria Falls are usually pretty low- early September is normally when the Devil’s Pool opens- time for a dip right on the edge of the falls.

In South Africa, September is a fantastic to combine whale watching with a visit to Namaqualand and the Western Cape, where the wild flowers burst into bloom.

And if you just want somewhere to relax, this is a glorious time to be on the beach. For somewhere a little hidden from the crowds, try Mafia Island or Tanzania’s mainland coast.

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