Ethiopia

Ethiopia

November onwards is one of the best times to travel to the Southern parts of Ethiopia – especially the Omo Valley and the Dankakil Depression on the Eritrean border as temperatures are lower and they experience little or no rainfall.  In Axum you can experience St. Mary Axum Tsion Festival at the end of November.

Kenya

Kenya

The “short rains" are in earnest, so this is low season, with lower rates and visitor numbers. A good time for enjoying a safari.

Tanzania

Tanzania

November is the beginning of the ‘short rains’ but temperatures are still high except in the highlands in southern and northeastern Tanzania where it is relatively cool and pleasant. The migration is crossing over from Masai Mara and streaming back to northern Tanzania through Lobo and Loliondo heading towards Ndutu in the southeastern Serengeti plains. The migratory animals in Tarangire are moving out of the National Park to the Maasai Steppes - lots of game can still be seen in Tarangire including resident animals.  November is still excellent for game viewing in the southern and western game parks.  All the game parks offer excellent birding of resident species and Eurasian migrants. At the coast the short rains have started but it is generally sunny with occasional showers and September to March is excellent for big game fishing (marlin, barracuda, sailfish, tuna) off the islands of Mafia, Zanzibar and Pemba.

Mafia Island

Mafia Island

November and December is peak whale shark season. With diving options all available it can be a busy month in Mafia

Weather starts to get warmer but the north wind is still prevalent.   Beautiful sunrise and sunsets

Zanzibar

Zanzibar

Kilimanjaro & Mt Kenya

Kilimanjaro & Mt Kenya

The short rain period of October to December often has thunderstorms that pass over the mountain dropping rain as they go. Typically the clouds disappear in the evening leaving the nights and mornings clear with excellent visibility. November is a relatively good time for climbing Mount Kilimanjaro.

Rwana

Rwanda

Rwanda's short rains start at the end of October/beginning of November and flowers come out which makes it good time for birdwatching experiences, both in Nyungwe Forest and Akagera National Park. 

Uganda

Uganda

November falls into the wet season in Uganda and the price for Gorilla trekking permits drops from US$600 to US$450. The scenery in the savannah reserves is green and whilst wildlife in the savannah reserves is easier to spot in the dry season, you will still see plenty - including newborn animals.

South Africa

South Africa

Head to: The Cape Winelands - the best known towns being Stellenbosch, Franschhoek and Paarl. It’s not that hot yet, and everything is starting to bloom, and looking green and fresh after the rainy winter season. It’s a quiet month, before the craze of the December holidays, and a pleasure to visit the beautiful wine estates. Also a good month to be on safari if interested in seeing baby animals. Great month to combine Cape Town, Garden Route and Addo region. 

Avoid: no place November is a lovely month throughout South Africa.

Botswana

Botswana

A sure sign that summer/rainy season has arrived is the famous call of the Woodlands Kingfisher, which migrate here from Angola at this time every year. 

Madagascar

Madagascar

The start of November is still dry, warm and hot with sunny days and excellent light but by mid November it is the beginning of the rainy season in Madagascar with late afternoon or evening heavy rain and a few roads are closed.  Rice fields and vegetation are very green and scenery stunning with trees, plants and orchids all flowering . Lemurs are still having thier babies and it is still an excellent time for bird watching. 

Malawi

Malawi

During the months of October and November, the majestic eland (the world’s largest antelope) can be seen in herds that reach the hundreds. Usually eland can be seen in smaller herds across the plateau but their regrouping marks the start of their breeding season. Herds can reach up to 100 – 320 animals in a single group.

October marks the peak of the dry season. Landscapes are drier during this time and foliage is no longer dense, this creates the optimal conditions for game- viewing as many animals are considerably easier to track and spot.

Mozambique

Mozambique

Namibia

Namibia

Carmine bee-eater season in the Caprivi

Whale migration season off the west coast of Namibia

Start of the new tourism season, which coincides with the start of low season pricing structure

Greener landscapes after the first rains

 

Zambia

Zimbabwe

Zimbabwe

Game reserves are quieter and prices offer good value! Birding is excellent at this time of the year as the rains produce the first alate swarms resulting in an influx of migrant birds including palearctic and intra-African species. November is the start of Zimbabwe’s rainy season.  You can expect the odd thunder storm which usually clear within a few hours. With the first rains you can usually expect the first of the babies - generally the plains game: impala, eland and wildebeest. Hwange National Park, Matusadona National Park and Gonarezhou National Park will have good game viewing and birding

Republic of Congo

Republic of Congo

Red River hogs will often plough through the mud in Lango in the very early mornings. Dry season starts in mid-November, meaning small patches of rain will give a brief respite from grey cloud cover. Forest walks around Ngaga often delivers a few tasty fruits in the forest at the beginning of November.

Bhutan

Bhutan

November marks the end of autumn and beginning of  the winter season when the night temperatures start falling to -0.5 in some places - the maximum could be around 22°C.

Migratory birds start arriving in Gangtey (the Black necked crane) from the Arid plains of Tibet to spend the winter months.

India

India

November is a great time to visit parks all over India. The water logging is mostly gone and naturalists and guides have adjusted and understood animal movements and can tracking is easier. Most of the tracking during November is done by following spoors and by hearing alarm calls.  There are lots of birds in breeding plumage – November is an ideal time for birders to visit,

Weather is starting to cool and mornings and evenings one can feel a nip in the air.  Temperature ranges from 32°C to 20°C and parks are lush green from all the rains and rivers and waterholes have revived completely.

Migratory birds start arriving - storks and herons start building nests and preparing heronries. Towards the middle of the month you can see the arrival of the Amur Falcons from Russia and Central China on their migratory route to Africa. 

Nepal

Nepal

November is a great time to be visiting parks in all over Nepal.  Water logging is mostly gone and naturalists and guides have adjusted and understood animal movements and can track easier. There are lots of birds in breeding plumage.  Weather is starting to cool and mornings and evenings one can feel a nip in the air. Temperature ranges from 20°C to 28°C. Parks are lush green from all the rains that they have received and rivers and waterholes have revived completely.

Migratory birds start arriving. Storks and herons start building nests and preparing heronries. Towards the middle of the month we see the arrival of the Amur Falcons arrive from Russia and Central China on their migratory route to Africa. 

Sri Lanka

Sri Lanka

Good times for insect lovers and travelers who would like to explore the rainforests along with endemic birds, amphibians and other wildlife including whales in Mirissa. 27-30 C on average. Peak monsoon season – showers are expected throughout the island. 

Seychelles

Seychelles

Maldives

Maldives

Temperature between 27-30 degrees Celsius approximately

Calmer winds, calmer waters with Moderate/Less chance of rain

Wildlife to be spotted: Turtles / Reef Sharks / Eagle-Sting Ray / Manta Rays + Whale Sharks

Mauritius

Mauritius

Enjoy the perfect safari. Without compromise.