Safari in June
Get up close and personal with a fascinating array of wildlife that you have only previously seen in a zoo. It's a surreal experience, even for the most experienced safari-goer. Whether you are setting your camera lens on the Big Five in Africa in June or witnessing the most spectacular natural phenomenon, there are many wonders awaiting you as we discover the best safari destinations in June.
Best safaris in June 2020
Africa in June: What to expect
Weather & climateWith cool nights and pleasantly warm days, the 19°C (66°F) temperatures create a climate ideal for safaris. With the sun shining down onto arid plains, sparse vegetation and animals flocking to water sources, wildlife viewing opportunities are premium in Tanzania, Botswana, Namibia and Rwanda. However, in South Africa, June is in the wet season bringing scattered showers and beaming rays of sunshine. With the majority of tourists expected later in the year, there's no better time to embark on an African safari.
Dry season: Tanzania, Botswana, Namibia, Rwanda
Wet season: South Africa
WildlifeBuffalos, rhinos, lions, elephants and leopards all roam the plains of Africa. In June, these glorious Big Five call Namibia, Botswana and South Africa home. As a game of survival plays out during the Great Migration of the Serengeti, rainbow-coloured birds dance through the skies of South Africa. From trudging through dense jungles in search of gorillas and chimpanzees in Rwanda to relaxing on the pristine beaches of Zanzibar as dolphins glide by, in June the wildlife flourish in their habitats.
Big Five: Namibia, Botswana, South Africa
Great Migration: Serengeti
Bird watching: South Africa
Gorillas & Chimpanzees: Rwanda
Peak seasonJune is peak season throughout most of South-East Africa. The lack of rainfall and vanishing vegetation in Tanzania, Botswana and Namibia make animal sightings easier than ever. Aligning with the European school holidays, June starts to attract the crowds so be prepared to book well in advance and expect higher rates than normal. However, if gorilla trekking is on your agenda, then the jungles of Rwanda are in their low season with low rates and optimal trekking conditions!
Peak season: Tanzania, Botswana, Namibia, South Africa
Low season: Rwanda
Best safari destinations in June
Why in June?
The rainfall has finally made its way down to the Okavango Delta, making a mokoro ride on the floodplains a true highlight. With shining days and cool nights, June is a pleasant month to embark on game drives as wildlife concentrate around waterholes and rivers.
What to see?
As wildlife disperses on a mission to find water with less vegetation dotting the plains, there is no better chance to see animals quenching their thirst. From the gentle giants of the Chobe National Park to the wandering wildebeest of Moremi Game Reserve, there's no shortage of wildlife sightings this month.
A boat safari is the way to go this season! Get up-close and personal with elephant herds from the waterways of Chobe National Park, or weave between stripey zebra heads as they quench their thirst at the sparking Okavango Delta. This is a must-do experience for any wildlife-lover or avid photographer!
Why in June?
The crowds are minimal and the wildlife sightings are at an all-time high. With sparse vegetation and depleting water sources, the plains turn into a game of survival. June brings cool nights and pleasant days, so make sure you pack a jumper for those early morning game drives!
What to see?
The wildlife is famished and parched and with little vegetation and shade, sighting cheetahs stalking their prey and elephants congregating is not a rare occasion. June allows you to escape the desert heat and gives you a front-row seat to a performance on the plains.
If you've remembered your jumper, then consider heading out and looking up. The clear skies create an out-of-this-world spectacle when the sunsets. As one of the most desolate habitats on the planet, the skies of Namibia are full of astounding detail dotted with shining stars in their heavenly finery.
Why in June?
With pleasant temperatures and little rainfall, June is one of the best months to stroll with a chapati through the market stalls or get lost in the labyrinth of alleyways. The calm waters and cool breezes attract an abundance of marine life to the North Coast so a diving trip should definitely be on the cards!
What to see?
From dolphins dancing in the azure blue waters to colobus monkeys swinging from the treetops, Zanzibar's diverse landscape is a hub for exotic wildlife. In June, the tranquil beaches host dozens of tiny turtles dashing to the sea and the emerald-green Jozani Forest is home to various endangered species including duikers and servaline genets.
It's not called Spice Island for nothing! Discover why this glorious island coined the name by wandering through the magical markets full of aromas and colours. It's also a great way to delve into culture and have a chat with the locals!