December 27

African Travel in January: Where to Go


December 27, 2022

African travel in January presents a dazzling display of lush green hues, making it a prime time for safari adventures. The weather does a little shimmy, opening up prime chances to witness some of Africa's most awe-inspiring wildlife events. If you want to dodge the rain entirely, East Africa is a fantastic choice. But if you don't mind a little spittle, Southern Africa is a true masterpiece, with spine-tingling sunsets and adorable baby animals peppering the grassy plains. Here's where to go and what to see...

Two lion cubs

Summer brings an array of baby animals

1. Cape Town, South Africa

In January, Cape Town in South Africa is the perfect destination for those seeking adventure, nature, food, and fun. The weather is perfect, with long, warm days and balmy evenings. Additionally, the surrounding Cape Winelands perfectly complements the vibrant city. Come see for yourself why Cape Town is the place to be in January!

View of the dock and boats at the V&A Waterfront

Table Mountain overlooking the bustling V&A Waterfront

Our Favourite Property: The Twelve Apostles Hotel and Spa

The Twelve Apostles Hotel and Spa is the envy of Cape Town, and for good reason! This award-winning, five-star retreat is located at the foot of the majestic Twelve Apostles mountain range and overlooks the Atlantic Ocean. In other words, it's the ideal place to unwind and let all your worries melt away during your African travel in January.

Sunset view over the Atlantic ocean

One of the most enviable positions in Cape Town, Image Credit: The Twelve Apostles Hotel and Spa

2. Garden Route, South Africa

The Garden Route in South Africa is an unparalleled destination in January. Not only is the weather warm and inviting, but the scenery is absolutely stunning, and there's plenty to do too. So, pack your swimsuits, hiking boots, and sense of adventure because this is one summer vacation destination you don't want to miss! Trust us, the beaches are to die for, the forests are lush and vibrant, and the wildlife is simply amazing. In addition, with all the fun activities and attractions, you'll never get bored. 

A meandering road engulfed by lush forest

South Africa's own "Garden of Eden"

Our Favourite Property: Birkenhead House

Birkenhead House in Hermanus is one of our favourites found along the Garden Route. Located on a clifftop overlooking Walker Bay, a top whale-watching spot, this beach house blends five-star luxury with laid-back vibes. From the hotel deck, you'll have front-row seats to the action. And, as an added bonus, two of Hermanus' best beaches are just a short walk away.

Birkenhead House's unique cliff-top position overlooks Walker Bay's whale watching paradise

A unique cliff-top position overlooking Walker Bay's whale watching paradise, Image Credit: Birkenhead House

3. Makgadikgadi Pans, Botswana

African Travel in January is a fantastic time to visit the Makgadikgadi Pans. The migrating animals are in full swing, and the pans are filled with water, creating a lush and vibrant landscape. Here, you can take in the stunning scenery and witness the incredible migration of zebras and a myriad of other wildlife. This once-in-a-lifetime experience will leave you with unforgettable memories and a greater appreciation for the beauty of Africa. 

Horse safari amongst zebras

Rain transforms the pans into a feast for zebras passing through, Image Credit: Jack's Camp

Our Favourite Property: Jack’s Camp

Immerse yourself in the serene and untamed beauty of the Makgadikgadi Pans National Park at Jack's Camp. A true oasis in the desert, this luxurious safari camp transports you back to the golden age of exploration and adventure. Hailed as one of the world's most exclusive and extraordinary desert vacation destinations by the likes of Condé Nast Traveller and Jeremy Clarkson, a visit to Jack's Camp promises to awaken your senses and inspire your soul. 

Luxury safari tent interior

One of the world’s most extreme desert vacation destinations, Image Credit: Jack's Camp

4. Southern Serengeti, Tanzania

The Southern Serengeti is bursting with new life as the wildebeest give birth to thousands of calves each day. With the short rainy season providing sweet grass for grazing, the herds are able to thrive and prepare for the next leg of their Great Migration. However, they must also be on guard against the region's fearsome predators who are on the hunt. From the majestic lions to cunning jackals and hyena clans, the Serengeti is a true showcase of the circle of life in action. If you want to witness this awe-inspiring spectacle, a safari in January is the perfect time to visit.

Grazing wildebeest in green grass

The Great Migration starts settling down in the Southern Serengeti in January

Our Favourite Property: Nasikia Mobile Camp

Nasikia Mobile Camp invites adventurous guests to witness the awe-inspiring Great Migration from its two prime locations. In January, Nasikia sets up camp in a small marsh, where you can watch wildebeest roam the Serengeti's verdant plains. And if you're lucky, you may even have the once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to see new life enter the world during the calving season. And with so many vulnerable newborns around, predators are plentiful too!

Main area of Nasikia Mobile Migration Camp

Nasikia follows the Great Migration throughout the year, Image Credit: Nasikia Mobile Camp

5. Zanzibar, Tanzania

Escape the cold and dreary winter in the northern hemisphere and experience the warmth and beauty of East Africa. A great addition to a Serengeti safari and the crown jewel of Tanzania's coastal treasures, Zanzibar offers stunning beaches, fascinating historical sites, and world-class snorkelling and scuba diving. We suggest you end your Tanzania safari with a dreamy beach holiday in Zanzibar and discover one of the finest African destinations in January.

Pristine Zanzibar beach with thatch umbrellas and sun loungers

White sandy beaches with twinkling turquoise seas, Image Credit: Zuri Zanzibar Hotel and Resort

Our Favourite Property: Zuri Zanzibar Hotel and Resort 

Zuri, meaning "beautiful" in Swahili, truly captures the essence of the 12-hectare micro-universe of Zuri Zanzibar Hotel and Resort. Experience the island's diversity, from lush forests to crystal-clear beaches, as you relax in the luxury of this luxurious resort. Sip a cocktail by the infinity pool, surrounded by bohemian-inspired décor and serene colours. Here, you can truly escape and find sanctuary in this stunning island getaway.

Viewing deck overlooking beach, palm trees and ocean

Designed to be the ultimate beach utopia, Image Credit: Zuri Zanzibar Hotel and Resort

Let's Start Planning Your African Travel in January

African travel in January is the perfect time for a safari adventure. Lush landscapes and cute baby animals make it a prime time to witness some of Africa's most awe-inspiring wildlife events. Cape Town, the Garden Route, and Zanzibar offer beautiful destinations with luxurious accommodations, pristine nature, and stunning beaches. 

So, pack your bags, touch base with our Travel Experts, and head to Africa for an unforgettable January vacation!

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About the author 

Michelle Welvering

Growing up, Michelle always wanted to become a world-renowned artist, a kickboxing-champion and an eccentric explorer – aka a Kickboxing Exploring Artist! After pursuing an education in Fine Arts and opening her own Kickboxing gym in Pretoria, an unexpected twist led her to a six-year stint as a travel consultant in South African tourism. She believes that all things happen for a reason and, driven by adventure, she was eager to find a more “wild” and cultural space to call home. This led her to wander the Western Cape coastline, fall in love with the city of Cape Town and, of course, her workplace, Rhino Africa.

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