The rain in the South part continues during May. Due to the rain some roads in the lower Omo valley become impassable.
While game viewing can be trickier as vegetation runs riot the colours and light are great for photography at this time of year.
May is the beginning of the cool season with rains getting lighter towards the end of the month marking the beginning of the dry season. Game drives are little affected by the light rains in the north. It is still very green with blooming wild flowers and there is plenty of water and grass. May is the best time for viewing migratory animals and predators in the central and western Serengeti areas. As the rains give way to drought the migratory animals start fanning out from central Serengeti heading southwest, north or west in search of water and greener pastures. Airstrips and most tented camps in Selous, Katavi, Ruaha, Gombe and Mahale in the southern and western Tanzania remain temporarily closed. A few beach resorts close. All the game parks offer excellent bird watching in May with many species of colourful birds commonly seen during this season.
Many lodges are closed on account of weather, WET, RAINING and HUMID
Kilimanjaro & Mt Kenya
Although one can climb throughout the year, May is not the best time for climbing Mount Kilimanjaro due to rains.
By mid May the rain has stopped and the dry season starts. May is a good month for water sports (swimming, kayaking) on the Lake Kivu beach, and walking, biking on the Congo Nile Trail which goes along Lake Kivu. Rwanda hosts the International Peace Marathon with both local and worldwide participants during May.
May falls into the wet season in Uganda and the price reduction on Gorilla trekking permits still remains. The green season is excellent for photographic opportunities as the flora flourishes and everywhere is very green. May is good for cat and young animal sightings in the parks and reserves.
Head to: The Kruger National Park and surrounding private game reserves. This is the start of the colder months when game viewing is at its best. The Kruger remains beautifully warm (while the rest of country is hauling out their winter woolies, you’ll still wear t-shirts and shorts) at this time of year. It’s the dry season and wildlife is easier to spot, there is little to no rain, and it is low season (no crowds!). Also head to Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park and Hluhluwe-Imfolozi.
Avoid: nowhere, the entire country is at its best.
This is generally when the annual flood starts to arrive, pumping water down from Angola into the channels of the Okavango Delta which can take a few months to reach the main river sources. The sudden arrival of many Wattled Cranes in the Okavango Delta is often an indication that the floodwaters are not far off, as is the sudden gathering of Storks, Herons and Egrets. These birds gather to feed off the insects and other creatures the flood throws up as the water moves slowly over the dry ground.
May also marks the start of the zebra migration from the Nxai / Makgadikgadi Pans. As the pans start to dry up, the zebras move in search of water to the nearest river source which runs through the Makgadikgadi National Park.
May is the end of the rainy season in Madagascar - the country is still very green and warm with beautiful skies and photographic opportunites are excellent due to the good light. There is the possibility to enjoy trekking in Madagascar's highlands as the tracks dry out.
May is a transitional month after the rains and in Liwonde National Park, many herds of elephant slowly start returning to the Shire River, which becomes the only major source of water in the park as waterholes dry up. Impala herds start to challenge each other over territory in preparation for their mating season in late May/early June.
The weather starts to get considerably cooler in May and the clarity of the air reduces. The country starts to rapidly dry out. Temperatures on the Nyika start to reduce rapidly.
There are more waves on the lake at this time and gentle breezes are common. Local fishermen reduce their activity.
Dry, winter season. Less vegetation. Naturally occurring waterholes dry up, so animals congregate around boreholes and man-made waterholes. Virtually no clouds, so great for star-gazing. Kalahari Truffle season – these are the fruiting bodies of a fungus and bear a close relation to desert truffles found in Iran, Croatia and Australia. They are a different species to the European truffle, but are a local speciality: the only evidence that they are lurking beneath the surface is a small crack in the soil! Fish River Canyon hike is open. Great game viewing in the Etosha National Park, including Elephants, Rhino, Plains Game etc.
Wild dog still regularly seen and also lion and leopard. Excellent month to see elephant crossing the river like in the iconic ‘africa’ photos.
Cool mornings and evenings, days are mild to warm.
Pretty much all Zambian camps are open as the tributaries allow vehicles to cross again in the South Luangwa National Park.
Cool climes, great prices! May and June are the start of Zimbabwe’s winter months with the bush starting to clear making game viewing better. Game viewing will be excellent in Mana Pools National Park (Vundu and Kanga Camps), the Main Camp region of Hwange National Park and Gonarezhou. May and June are the start of the denning season for the African Wild Dogs offering the chance to view dens and puppies.Visiibility of Victoria Falls starts clearing with a good flow of the Falls - a fantastic time to view them.
Republic of Congo
As the end of the first-rainy season draw closer the camps open for the start of the new season. Sitatunga sightings are good in the bai’s around Lango and as water levels start dropping after the rains. Palm Nut Vultures patrol the waterways for trapped fish. Afternoon showers often roll in with only a few minutes notice but disappears as soon as they appeared, leaving clear skies behind, ideal for star gazing.
May is also considered high season in Bhutan with temperatures ranging from Maximum 29°C to 9.5 °C. It is a perfect time to visit for all kinds of trips - cultural, trekking, hiking and birding.
May is one of the best times in the year for photographing big cats. Parks are mostly dry with limited water sources and there are many photographers. Parks in the northeast are closed as monsoon hits them around this time of the year and there is incessant rainfall making safaris impossible.
Weather is now officially hot with temperatures ranging from 45°C to 35°C. Most people avoid visiting national parks and avoid outdoor activities. If traveling during the summer months, make sure you are carrying enough water, as dehydration is a big problem. Parks are dusty and all water based safaris (canoe or boat) stop operation as water levels become quite low and chances of getting trapped especially in rivers that are teaming with crocodiles is quite high. Many locals travel in May and June.
May is one of the best times in the year to photograph big cats. National Parks are mostly dry with limited water sources but there is incessant rainfall making safaris difficult.
Weather is now officially hot with temperatures ranging from 38°C to 40°C. Humidity can go up to 90%. If traveling during the summer months, make sure you are rehydrating all the time.
The dry season is the best time to spot leopards and Sloth bears in the Yala National Park. The park hosts the highest density of leopards in the world while the ‘Palu’ fruit attracts the bears which makes it the season for Sloth bear watching in selected areas. 29-34 C on average. A bit dusty due to the dry season and it’s a great time to take a dip in the pool during non-safari hours.
Temperature between 27-31 degrees Celsius approximately with Stronger winds, tend to be rougher waters
High chance of rain
Wildlife to be spotted: Turtles / Reef Sharks / Eagle-Sting Ray / Manta and Whale Shark season in parts of Maldives (South Ari Atoll /Baa Atoll)
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