East Africa

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It’s all about timing. To avoid crowds and inflated prices, we recommend the period between high and low seasons when the weather is fine, places are still open and happy to welcome travelers, and you can explore a destination at your own pace. ShermansTravel experts call this magical time and space continuum the Sweet Spot.

When to go to East Africa

Peak Season

Hotel prices spike in July-August and over the winter holidays. East Africa is temperate year round (thanks to its equatorial location), but for game viewing, the dry seasons (January-February and July-August) are ideal. Coastal resorts and Indian Ocean resorts are best between June and October when humidity is lowest.

Off Season

Skip the rainy season (April-June in Kenya and Tanzania; March-May in Uganda and Rwanda) as unpaved roads are given to flooding. On the coast, avoid the long rains between March and June.

Sweet Spot

During the short rains, afternoons between October and December, expect one long shower followed by bright sunshine. While popular, the coastal region is extremely hot and humid between December and March, but it’s a good time to enjoy lower hotel rates.

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