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  X
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

TanzaniaSafari 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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