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Africa Travel Planner Intro
North Africa
West Africa
East Africa
South and South-Central Africa
Deciding When to Go
Calculating Currency Exchange
Learning Local Languages
Determining Time Differences
Making Telephone Calls
Planning Your Safari
Taking Public Transportation
Packing Your Suitcase
Clearing Customs
Dining Out
Finding a Place to Stay
Staying Healthy
Staying Safe
Saving Money
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Africa Travel Planner

Deciding When to Go

Seasons in places south of the Equator—which cuts across the lower half of Africa—are opposite from those in North America. Southern Africa gets cool in winter (40° to 50° F [4° to 10° C]), especially in higher elevations. Closer to the Equator, the climate ranges from temperate in higher elevations to hot. Most travelers will want to avoid visiting during the rainy season (for example, from April to May in Kenya and Tanzania; December to March in Botswana; and November to June in Zimbabwe and Namibia). If you're on a tight budget, however, traveling during rainy season often means deep discounts on hotel rooms, tours, and airfare.

Related Web Resources:

Conservation Corporation of Africa—South Africa Seasons
When to go to South Africa—plus, information on the country's seasons.

The Weather Channel
Weather reports for major cities throughout Africa, including a ten-day outlook and current temperatures.

Weather Underground: Africa
Weather reports for cities throughout Africa—plus, "real time" reports.

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