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When To Go

Not sure where to go when? Prime season is when the weather is typically the best. Low season is when the weather is the worst (rainy or cold), but also is typically cheaper and has fewer people. Shoulder season typically has unpredictable weather (maybe some good and some bad). July, August and at Christmas-time are the busiest months just about everywhere because most people travel in these times.

  Prime season
  Shoulder season
  Closed / not offered

Holidays are a popular time to travel, but banks, museums, and other businesses may be closed including New Years Eve and Day, Christmas Eve and Day, Easter, and Good Friday. Also check for local holidays.

East Africa -- Tanzania / Kenya / Uganda / Rwanda

  JAN FEB MAR APR MAY JUN JUL AUG SEP OCT NOV DEC
Safari                        
Kilimanjaro                        
Zanzibar                        
Gorillas                        

Southern Africa

  JAN FEB MAR APR MAY JUN JUL AUG SEP OCT NOV DEC
Kruger Area                        
Botswana                        
South Africa                        

Peru

  JAN FEB MAR APR MAY JUN JUL AUG SEP OCT NOV DEC
Machu Picchu                        
Inca Trail                        
Cusco/Lima                        
Colca Canyon                        

Galapagos/Ecuador

  JAN FEB MAR APR MAY JUN JUL AUG SEP OCT NOV DEC
Galapagos                        
Mainland                        
Trekking                        

Costa Rica

  JAN FEB MAR APR MAY JUN JUL AUG SEP OCT NOV DEC
Tours                        

Chile/Argentina

  JAN FEB MAR APR MAY JUN JUL AUG SEP OCT NOV DEC
Patagonia                        
Tours                        

Antarctica

  JAN FEB MAR APR MAY JUN JUL AUG SEP OCT NOV DEC
Cruises                        

Himalayas -- Bhutan / Nepal / Tibet

  JAN FEB MAR APR MAY JUN JUL AUG SEP OCT NOV DEC
Tours                        
Trekking                        

India

  JAN FEB MAR APR MAY JUN JUL AUG SEP OCT NOV DEC
Tours                        
Trekking                        

Southeast Asia

  JAN FEB MAR APR MAY JUN JUL AUG SEP OCT NOV DEC
Tours                        

Kenya Safari Parks

  JAN FEB MAR APR MAY JUN JUL AUG SEP OCT NOV DEC
Amboseli A A B C C B A A A A B B
Masai Mara A A A B B B A A+ A+ A+ A A
Rift Valley Lakes A A A B B B A A A A B B
Samburu/Shaba A A A B B B A A A A A A
Tsavo East B B B C C C B B B B B B

tANZANIA Safari Parks

  JAN FEB MAR APR MAY JUN JUL AUG SEP OCT NOV DEC
Serengeti A A A B B A B C C C B A
Lake Manyara A A A B B C C C C C B A
Tarangire C C C C B A A A A A B C
Ngorongoro A A A A A A A A A A A A
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