Embarking on an African safari in November promises a unique and unforgettable experience for nature lovers. As the scorching summer heat begins to wane, Africa’s landscapes come alive with vibrant colors and bustling wildlife.
This time of the year offers a perfect blend of favorable weather conditions, lush vegetation, and prime wildlife viewing opportunities, making it an opportune moment to explore the untamed beauty of the African continent.
Here, we’ve got you covered with all the essential information you’ll need to plan the perfect safari in November, along with the top experiences we recommended you include in your itinerary.
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Is November a good time to go on safari?
Yes! November is a great time of year to head off on a safari. The weather becomes more pleasant in many regions of Africa, with milder temperatures compared to the scorching summer heat, which makes it much more comfortable for both daytime game drives and nighttime activities.
Also, November tends to be a quieter period and attracts fewer tourists compared to the peak months. So, visitors can enjoy a more intimate and tranquil safari experience with better opportunities to observe wildlife without the usual crowds.
Here are some of the key reasons to go on safari in November:
Great wildlife encounters
In November, wildlife enthusiasts are in for a real treat, as it’s the perfect time for prime viewing opportunities.
One of the most enthralling scenes during this time of year is the congregation of animals around water sources. Picture large herds of elephants, zebras and wildebeests joyfully splashing and quenching their thirst. But that’s not all – predator-prey interactions also intensify around November. Keep your eyes peeled for thrilling moments like a lioness stealthily stalking her prey, waiting for the perfect chance to strike.
As the sun dips below the horizon, a new world awakens – the nocturnal one. Nighttime game drives offer a magical opportunity to encounter elusive creatures such as hyenas, genets, and even the elusive leopard, so get your cameras ready.
As November falls into the shoulder season, it’s not as crowded in the parks as in peak months, and this plays to your benefit when it comes to pricing.
Safari lodges and tour operators often offer enticing deals and more attractive prices around November time. With fewer tourists around, they’re eager to welcome visitors and provide enticing incentives to fill their accommodations and safari tours. Thanks to these special deals and discounted rates, you can experience the magic of Africa without putting a huge dent in your travel budget.
But don’t think that these cost-saving options compromise the quality of your safari adventure. The good news is that you’ll still get to enjoy top-notch accommodations and experienced guides to ensure you have a first-class experience.
The Great Migration
November marks a crucial moment for one of Africa’s most extraordinary natural events – the Great Migration.
This awe-inspiring wildlife spectacle takes place most notably in the iconic Serengeti in Tanzania. Massive herds of wildebeest, often accompanied by zebras and other herbivores, embark on their annual migration southwards in search of fresh grazing and water. Migration plays a vital role in the balance of predator and prey dynamics to guarantee the survival of various species and maintain the health of the ecosystem.
Where to go on safari in November
Don’t know where to go on safari in November? Here are some of the top destinations to consider:
Named after the Maasai people who have coexisted harmoniously with wildlife for centuries, the Maasai Mara National Reserve offers an exceptional opportunity to witness the Big Five in action. You’ll be treated to incredible sightings of the lion, leopard, rhino, elephant, and African buffalo roaming the plains in full view.
But what tourists are all waiting for in November, is to catch a glimpse of the Great Migration. Millions of wildebeest, zebras, and other herbivores undertake a treacherous journey from the Serengeti in Tanzania to the Masai Mara in search of greener pastures.
If this safari sounds right up your street, why not take a look at our 4-day trip to Masai Mara, where you can witness these once-in-a-lifetime events for yourself? Or, if you’re keen to stay a bit longer, our 6-day trip may be for you.
Nestled in Tanzania, the Serengeti National Park stands as the epitome of the quintessential African safari experience. In November, the Serengeti is another key location to witness the Great Migration, which is an event not to be missed.
The park’s name “Serengeti” derives from the Maasai word “Siringet,” meaning “endless plains,” which perfectly describes its sweeping grasslands that seem to stretch on forever. However, it is home to an extremely diverse landscape encompassing grassy savannahs, rocky outcrops, acacia woodlands, and seasonal wetlands.
The Serengeti is renowned for its thriving populations of Africa’s “Big Five” – lions, leopards, elephants, buffalos, and rhinos. But, you may also catch sightings of cheetahs, hyenas, giraffes, zebras, wildebeests, and countless other species too.
Whether you explore the vast plains on thrilling game drives, witness a breathtaking sunrise over the horizon, or spend the night under the star-studded African sky, every moment in the Serengeti leaves an indelible mark, forging an unbreakable bond between humans and nature. Experience it for yourself by booking our 6-day trip.
November is an excellent time to explore Kibale’s dense rainforest as it bursts with vibrant colors and teems with life, which is brought about by the occasional showers throughout the month.
The key highlight of this park is the chance to get up, close and personal with chimpanzees in their natural habitat. You’ll be led by experienced guides who are well-versed in the behavior and habits of these great apes. The forest is also a sanctuary for various monkey species, including red colobus monkeys, L’Hoest’s monkeys, blue monkeys, and black-and-white colobus monkeys.
While exploring, your ears will be treated to a symphony of bird songs thanks to the 350 species of birds that reside here, making it a birdwatcher’s paradise.
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With November’s arrival, Lake Mburo National Park comes alive, as the short rainy season breathes new life into its lush savannahs and rolling hills. As you explore, keep your eyes peeled for the captivating sight of hippos and crocodiles basking in the sun along the shores of the park’s namesake lake. Did you also know it’s the only national park in Uganda where zebras roam freely?
The month of November also brings a delightful treat for birdwatchers. Migratory birds arrive, adding to the park’s already impressive list of avian residents. Prepare to be enthralled by the vibrant colors and melodic calls of over 350 bird species. Look out for the playful kingfishers, majestic fish eagles, and the elusive African finfoot.
What is the weather like in November for a safari?
November weather in Africa varies depending on the region and country you are visiting.
In East Africa (Kenya and Tanzania), November falls within the short, rainy season. While the weather is fairly sunny and settled, you can expect the occasional afternoon shower. However, be aware that wildlife could disperse from water sources during spells of rainfall, with water becoming more abundant through the parks (meaning it may require more effort for animal sightings).
In Central and West Africa (Uganda and Rwanda), November is part of the wet season so you can expect frequent showers throughout the day – but rest assured, this certainly won’t impact your trip. It can be a great time for birdwatching, and it’s also the period when some species give birth, which you may just be lucky enough to witness during game drives.
Do bear in mind that weather patterns can vary from year to year, and climate change may impact this too. To plan your safari effectively, it’s always a good idea to check with local sources or tour operators for up-to-date weather information and tailor your safari experience accordingly.
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Whether you choose to explore the lush rainforests to track chimpanzees and gorillas, witness the awe-inspiring Great Migration, or immerse yourself in the diverse landscapes of savannahs and wetlands, a November safari promises unforgettable encounters with wildlife and the natural wonders of the continent.
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