With an African safari in January, you can start the year as you mean to go on by enjoying the things that really matter. Fresh air. Being in nature. Quality time with your loved ones. There are more of course, but we’ve selected five of the best African safari destinations for a safari in January.
Life begins as the year starts for young wildebeest with the calving season of the Great Wildebeest Migration. As the herds gather, so too do the predators seeking to make the most of this bonanza. Expect heart-in-mouth moments. A safari in January see the southern Serengeti at its best – by March, the calves are ready to accompany the herds as they resume their ceaseless wanderings. Continue exploring…
- A stay at Sanctuary Kichakani Serengeti Camp will ensure you see the Great Wildebeest Migration. © Sanctuary Retreats
- Take in the views from the guest area at Sanctuary Kichakani Serengeti Camp. © Sanctuary Retreats
- Hot-air ballooning is a fantastic way to see the Serengeti. © Serena Hotels
- You can still see the umbilical cord on this just-born wildebeest calf.
A ‘quiet’ day on safari in the Masai Mara can surpass a busy day of game-viewing in many other wildlife destinations. January is a wonderfully peaceful time to visit the Masai Mara, and those in the know often choose to spend time there now. The resident game is abundant yet your fellow safari-goers will be few as it’s outside of migration season. While you won’t see the massive wildebeest herds that pass through from August to October, you’ll benefit from having the place all to yourself. Continue exploring…
View the snows of Kilimanjaro through clear January skies – the ultimate in uplifting backdrops. Amboseli is famed for its African giants, and seeing elephant framed by the highest peak in Africa will be a pinnacle of your African safari in January. If you can’t make January, September is also a great time to enjoy tuskers in Amboseli. Continue exploring…
- The best time to see elephant migrating in Kenya is in April.
- This lion show us his impressive physique against the backdrop of the equally grand Mount Kilimanjaro.
- Take in elephant grazing in the Amboseli marshes while on a helicopter safari in Kenya. © Tropic Air
- Zebra are some of the animals you'll see on an Amboseli safari. © Elewana Collection
Witness the greening of the desert in the Central Kalahari, courtesy of the summer rains. Vast herds of springbok and oryx assemble to graze on new shoots as they move across flower-strewn plains. Look out for the Kalahari’s famed black-maned lions as they follow the herds to the now lush valleys. One of the most remote spots in Africa, this is the perfect place to get away from the craziness of the January sales and simply inhale. Continue exploring…
Add some urban vibe to a safari in South Africa in January with a few days in one of the world’s truly great cities. The perfect contrast to remote national parks, here you’re right in the heart of the action in a city with thriving culinary and cultural scenes. From uncorking in the Winelands to touring the Cape Peninsula, you won’t be short of things to do in the Mother City and her surrounds. Continue exploring…
- The 12 Apostles Hotel and Spa is tucked between ocean and mountain. © Red Carnation
- Cape fur seals open their eyes wide under water for maximum vision. © Animal Ocean/Steven Benjamin
- Cape Grace is set in the heart of Cape Town’s V&A Waterfront. © Cape Grace
- Dine while enjoying magnificent views at Tintswalo Atlantic. © Tintswalo Lodges