Safari in May
From dusty remote savannahs to dense impenetrable jungles, the world is full of wildlife waiting to be discovered. Venturing to Africa in May offers intimate encounters with some of the most unique and fascinating animals that will leave you with a photo album full of memories. Fall in love with the adventure of a lifetime as we narrow down the best safari destinations in May.
Best safaris in May 2020
Africa in May: What to expect
Weather & climateWith temperatures cooling down to a sweet 18°C (64°F), Southern Africa is treated with bright blue skies as the clouds head north for the dry season. The minimal rainfall means that wildlife are gathered around watering holes and safari-goers have clear visibility, making animal sightings a true spectacle. The clouds migrate to Central African regions for the wet season, with torrential rains the wildlife flourish in their hydrated havens.
Dry season: Botswana, Zimbabwe, Zambia, Namibia, South Africa
Wet season: Tanzania, Kenya, Rwanda, Uganda
WildlifeIf a face-to-face encounter with the Big Five is on your bucket list, then you're in luck. This month the Big Five are quenching their thirst on the plains of Namibia, Botswana and South Africa. The wildebeest herds migrate along the South-Western plains of the Serengeti whilst the migratory birds call Zambia home. The succulent national parks of Uganda are out in bloom providing nutrients for gorillas, chimpanzees and their infants.
Big Five: Namibia, Botswana, South Africa
Great Migration: Serengeti
Bird watching: Zambia
Gorillas & Chimpanzees: Uganda
Peak seasonWith the green season officially over in many parts of Southern Africa, the crowds start to emerge and the rates start to rise as peak season approaches in Botswana, Zimbabwe, Zambia, Namibia and South Africa. But don't let that deter you, May is a haven for wildlife sightings as the animals are abundant in these regions. The low season in Uganda and Rwanda brings pouring rains, cheaper rates and a challenge to trekking.
Peak season: Botswana, Zimbabwe, Zambia, Namibia, South Africa
Low season: Uganda, Rwanda
Best safari destinations in May
Why in May?
If your heart is set on basking in the magnificence of Victoria Falls, then May is the month for you. With little spray and high water levels, capturing that picturesque view of the gushing waters has never been easier. Along with minimal rain, clear blue skies and shining sun rays, May is the best month to travel to Zimbabwe.
What to see?
Setting your eyes on the black and white rhino after tracking their trails is a surreal experience. Packed with great herds of elephants and game galore, Hwange National Park is home to the Big Five with plains that set the scene for an unbeatable safari adventure.
If playing peek-a-boo with a sunbathing hippo is more your thing, then why not combine your safari adventure with a trip to Mana Pools. The waters are lined with wildlife quenching their thirst and crocodiles taking a dip from the heat of the day.
Why in May?
This season is prime for wildlife viewing in Namibia with the dry season alluring wildlife to the remaining water sources. With hardly any clouds in the sky, May presents great conditions for spying a lion through your binoculars or sharing stories around a cosy campfire.
What to see?
Watch cheetahs dart through the plains, zebras weave through bare acacia trees, elephants fill their trunks and giraffes elongate their necks to reach the last leaves of the season. The diminishing vegetation makes wildlife sightings a true highlight this month.
Standing in the heart of a sand dune sea can be such a serene experience, so why not get your heart-pulsing with an adrenaline sand boarding experience! Admire the spectacular view before racing down the giant dunes of Sossusvlei.
Why in May?
With warm sunny days and pleasantly cool nights, May is a prime time to visit this diverse country with optimal conditions for any activity. In the midst of the dry season, this month is a great time to swim in the Caribbean Sea, splash under a waterfall or cruise up a flowing jungle river.
What to see?
From elusive big cats wandering through the steamy jungle and psychedelic toucans perched under emerald-green canopies to sharks gliding through crystal-clear waters and turtles greeting divers as they say hello. As such a biodiverse habitat, Belize is home to a multitude of wildlife and an idyllic place for a safari.
Listed as the most sacred cave in the world by National Geographic, a trip to Actun Tunichil Muknal is sure worth a visit. This enchanting cave doubles as an archaeological site as skeletons and ruins can be found here!