There were two critical issues which determined the timing of our trip. The first was that I did not want to be cold! I hate being cold. That immediately ruled out our summer months of May – August, the winter months in the southern hemisphere of Africa. And while it is often said the game viewing in these areas is the best during the winter months when the bush is sparse, I had no interest in sitting in a Jeep at 5:00 a.m. in 3C-10C temperatures. The second criterion was that we were flying on Star Alliance award points and as a result we were at the mercy of what was available given that we had saved our points so we could travel the 24-31 hours in the relative comfort of Business Class.
The animals live where they live, most of the time and in most countries, and we were not going on a migration safari to the Serengeti, so we felt the Spring or Fall seasons, neither too cold, nor too wet, would work for us, as well as being shoulder seasons in the tourism industry.