November is the season of change in Southern and East Africa.  In Southern Africa (Botswana, Namibia, Zimbabwe, Zambia and South Africa), it is the start of the wet (green) season, which typically runs from November to March.  In East Africa (Kenya, Tanzania, Uganda and Rwanda), there are two wet seasons; a short one and a long one. The short wet season is in November, while the long wet season stretches over April and May.

Most people will tell you that the best time is to go on safari is in the dry season. There is no rain, the weather is more temperate, and the dry weather means the animals tend to gather around the watering holes, providing great opportunities to see concentrations of wild animals.

Traditionally, it was thought that the wet season is not a great time to go on safari and for various practical and logistical reasons; however it is always amazing to see how rain transforms the parched landscape of high season into a place of lush grazing, plentiful water, breath-takingly beautiful sunsets and dramatic afternoon thunderstorms. 

We love Green Season not only for the excellent pricing but also because there are fewer crowds. Both wet and dry spells occur throughout the green season. Typically, short, spectacular afternoon showers offer a welcome relief from the heat of the day and make for great photographic opportunities. However, periods of heavy rain, low cloud cover and drizzle can occur.

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Stormy sky over elephants and zebra in Tanzania.