Exploring Africa's Wildlife And Wild Places


by Carolyn Tett
August 20, 2014


It’s not too late to plan an African safari for 2014, or early 2015. End of year travel coincides with Africa’s Green Season, or summer. It’s a dream season when Africa comes alive with young of all species, and dry landscapes like the Kahalari Desert in Botswana are transformed into verdant seas. And it’s a time you will find better rates at many camps and lodges.

The Green Season perfectly describes Africa’s summer: from December to March. Conveniently timed when the northern hemisphere’s weather is at its most dreary and cold, Africa’s Green Season offers a warm welcome to travelers, and often at a considerable savings. 

Beyond offering great value, the Green Season safaris in Botswana for example offer excellent game viewing, and a productive paradise of vibrant floral displays and a kaleidoscope of colors, drawing hobbyist and professional photographers alike. Summer mornings are exceptional. The temperature is perfect for warm pre-dawn starts to the day; like the animals, you can use the hotter midday for a siesta. Light for photography is at its best, while afternoon cloud formations often add further mood.

Elephant mother and baby at Abu Camp, Okavango Delta Botswana. Photo by Brennan Rimer 

There’s an explosion of new life: many species give birth to their young and areas like the Central Kalahari in Botswana are at their wildlife viewing peak. Predator sightings are frequent as they take full advantage of the abundance of inexperienced younger prey. It’s also the best season for birding: several species display splendid breeding plumage and many intra-African and Palearctic migratory species are present.

Leopard at Vumbura, Okavango Delta, Botswana

In the Linyanti Region in Chobe, Botswana birthing impala cover the landscape in their numbers and draw a variety of predators such as lion, leopard, cheetah and wild dog.

Zebra in Zambia. Photo by Robin Pope

The young of species from zebra to mongoose and warthog make for a wondrous time to observe and photograph their comical and endearing antics. The Kalahari Desert is also host to its own migration. The brief spring rains create the miracle of endless seas of nutritious grasses that attract large concentrations of gemsbok, springbok and red hartebeest, their newborn calves and lambs, followed inevitably by predators such as lion, cheetah – often seen at this time with cubs – and black-backed jackal. Brief afternoon thunderstorms create a dramatic backdrop as the landscape is almost instantly altered into several hues of green; fields of wild flowers burst out of the ground taking advantage of the limited moisture on offer.



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AUTHOR BIO  |Carolyn Tett

Carolyn Tett is Bushtracks' Co-Founder and Owner. Carolyn’s family has lived on the West Coast of the U. S. for six generations. She attended the University of California, Berkeley and, during her junior year, she studied at the University of St. Andrew’s in Scotland. While in the U.K, Carolyn met a charming and adventurous Zimbabwean, David Tett, who captivated her heart and instilled in her the fascination and thrill of travel, which they still share today. Many years, countless trips to Africa and two children later, Carolyn serves as the bridge between American sensibilities and David's grass-roots understanding of Africa. She is still active in sales and is a vigilant protector of the Bushtracks experience, continually working to ensure that our quality never wavers. Her passion for Africa and relentless demand for excellence have allowed us to maintain our high-level service as we've grown in the past 20 years, and will continue as we grow over the next two decades.