The benefits of going on safari in winter

The benefits of going on safari in winter

Winter is arguably one of the best times of the year for going on safari, between May and extending all the way through to Spring in September.

Here are a few reasons why:

South Africa, in particular the Eastern Cape, experiences a generally dry and mild winter. The mornings and afternoons tend to be cooler, whilst during the day temperatures tend to be warm and pleasant.  Bearing in mind it will be wise to pack a few clothing options to suit all weather patterns as winter varies all over Africa. Warmer jackets and sweaters are essential for game drives however, cosy blankets and hot water bottles are supplied to make your game drive that much more enjoyable.

Game viewing is spectacular in the winter months as the animals tend to stay active for longer. Animals tend to flock to water holes as a result of little rainfall in during this time and this makes for interesting wildlife encounters. The more elusive and nocturnal animals tend to appear out in the open on cooler days, as opposed to their reclusive behaviour in summer months. Hippopotamuses often graze out in the open during cool winter days or they can be found wallowing in the mud. In the summer months the sun is too harsh on their sensitive skin. There’s a higher chance of seeing the nocturnal aardvark, as well as other creatures that come out at night.


Serval at Shamwari Game Reserve

Photographed by Ryan Plakonouris


With winter being our quieter months, you may be pleasantly surprised when at some lodges, as you have a greater chance of ending up with your own private vehicle. A little something that can make your winter safari in South Africa even more special. As it falls in our low season, guests will also find that the rates are much more affordable than the busy, peak summer months.

So, if you haven’t yet been on a safari in winter, why not give it a try? It could turn out to be something magical and memorable!


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2018-05-31T23:20:26+00:00 May 24th, 2018|Categories: Experiences at Shamwari, General|2 Comments


  1. Hannetjie boshoff June 27, 2018 at 5:05 am - Reply

    Hi there me and my husband always watched your program on tv with the vet and his people going to help the animals. It is so wonderful we love animals so much. Thank you for the great work you people of shamwari is doing. I wish to be there but we cant afford it. But believe that the wonderful work you do will be going on gor generations to come. You peole that has the money to go on that safaris GO it will be money well spend all for conservation. With a wildlife Hart keep up the good work.

    • Shamwari Game Reserve July 4, 2018 at 2:03 pm - Reply

      Thank you, Hannetjie. We appreciate your kind words and are thrilled to have your support!

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