It all depends on what you are hoping to see, and how far you can stretch your budget! The dryer months of the year are the best time for general game viewing all over Southern Africa as the grass is shorter, the animals congregate near permanent water and the temperatures are more comfortable. Birding is best in early summer when local birds are joined by a host of northern migrants, and this is also the best time to see lots of baby animals in the wild. However, if your focus is on Gorilla or Chimpanzee trekking in Uganda or Rwanda, you are definitely going to prefer the dryer months in those regions as trekking is not very comfortable in the rain! If you have a strict budget, consider the shoulder-season, a month before or after peak season. September, for example, can be a very rewarding month for general game viewing and is less expensive.
Are you about to go on your first African Safari? Deciding what you need to pack and what you should definitely leave behind can be quite daunting for first-timers. Many of you will be flying into your various Game Lodges by charter aircraft, and thus restricted to a very small amount of luggage in terms of both weight and dimensions, so it is essential to do some forward planning.