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.



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



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

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




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.



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.



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

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.



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.



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.



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.





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




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

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.



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.



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.



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

In November, elephant can be seen predominantly in Kaudulla national park during the wet season and may start to move towards Hurulu forest reserve during the latter part of the month. Sightings at Minneriya national park are expected to be low.

Wet conditions make sightings difficult for leopard especially in Wilpattu as villus begin to fill up. Sightings in Yala should be consistent despite the rains. Chance encounters are also possible in Kumana but would be more difficult in the wet season.

Chance of sighting sloth bear possible at both Yala and Wilpattu in the early mornings and late afternoons especially in periods following the rain.

Seas off Mirissa begin to calm down and rate of blue whale encounters begin to increase towards the latter part of November. Chance of sperm whales’ encounters may be possible in Kalpitiya and Mirissa in the latter parts of the month. Kalpitiya would be the best location for dolphin watching especially from mid-late November when the seas calm down. Sightings also occur on most days in Mirissa.  Trincomalee is off access due to north east monsoon.

November is also a good month for birding across dry-zone due to increasing presence of winter migrants.  Conditions however will be wet across most of the island due to the north east monsoon peaking. Sightings of lowland endemics remain consistent; more winter migrants are also seen in the rainforests and highlands. You can expect more leeches especially in the rainforests due to wet conditions.



The breeze continues to drop and the temperature slowly begins to rise again averaging about 30 celsius. The seas are nice and calm during November making for great snorkling, diving, fishing and island hoping between the 115 islands.

Although diving is a year round activity in the Seychelles the best all round underwater conditions can be found during April-May and October-November, when visibility can top 30 metres and the water temperature can be as high as 29C. Whale Sharks can be found all year around the Islands, but peak sightings are October through January.

For birdwatching enthusiasts November is the best time of year to visit as it is the migration period when we get many interesting birds on route to various detsinations. The best place to see them is again on Bird island.

Hawksbill turtles are still laying. On some of the outer islands, laying between October and December increases daily until it is possible to record 4 – 5 new nests daily. Eggs laid in early October begin to hatch in early December.



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



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