By this time of year, many people are looking for a sensational destination for a much-needed holiday. The good news: if you love safaris, this is the best time of the year to embark on your journey. Whether you choose staying in a luxury game lodge in South Africa or travel to see the wildebeest migration in Kenya, July is guaranteed to be your optimum safari month.
Pondoro Game Lodge, Greater Kruger Region, South Africa
The Greater Kruger and Kruger National Park span 20 000 000 hectares of unsurpassed, picturesque landscape packed with a plethora of wildlife living in their natural habitat – it’s one of the greatest experiences imaginable.
July is the second-coldest month in the region. If you want to avoid crowds, the northern area is your best option; however, there is a much greater density of wildlife in the southern parts. If this is what you want, Pondoro Game Lodge is the recommended accommodation.
Pondoro Game Lodge is situated in Balule Nature Reserve within the Greater Kruger National Park. This lodge is the apex of an extravagant safari experience. The custom, award-winning accommodation ensures supreme comfort. When you return from an enthralling day of game viewing, you also have the opportunity to feast on delightful, local cuisine and unwind in the outstanding spa facility.
You can expect to see a brilliant diversity of wildlife including the Big 5 (lion, leopard, elephant, rhino and buffalo) on Pondoro’s exclusive private game drives. If you’re feeling adventurous, you can also go for a nature walk, giving you the opportunity to track animals on-foot.
Okavango Delta and Chobe National Park, Botswana
July is the coldest month of the year in the Okavango Delta with temperatures fluctuating from 25 °C highs to almost 0°C in the mornings. At this point in the year, the annual flood has penetrated across the Delta. The water levels are at their highest making it the perfect time to experience a mokoro trip.
The surrounding Kalahari is very dry in July; the Delta serves as an oasis attracting thousands of animals from the surrounding areas. July is the optimal time to view the wonderful wildlife.
A visit to Etosha National Park in Namibia is an absolute must for safari fundis. It’s one of the world’s best wildlife locations. July is peak season; the waterholes will be packed with big game! For the best experience, stay in the central part of the park.
You’ll find a diversity of wildlife and birds. All of the central camps flaunt floodlit waterholes, giving you the pleasure of viewing wildlife at night, meaning that you may get to see some of the region’s many nocturnal animals – it’s a photographer’s dream destination. Wildlife that are common to Etosha include elephant; leopard; wildcat; Cape fox; aardvark; honey badger and brown hyena.
Accommodation consists of everything from luxury lodges and budget-friendly campsites, but no matter what your preference, you’ll all have an unforgettable experience.
Maasai Mara, Kenya
The legendary Maasai Mara is situated in Kenya and famous for being home to a large population of big cats such as lions; leopards and cheetahs – if they are what you’ve always wanted to witness, this is your nirvana.
The area is also famous for the Great Migration of wildebeest. This incredible natural event sees millions of wildebeest begin their journey from the southern Serengeti in Tanzania and travel all the way to the Mara. The best period of the year to visit is from late July to early August. It is guaranteed that you’ll never see anything like this anywhere else on the planet.