5 reasons to go on a Safari during the “Emerald” season in East Africa

Posted by Binny Shah-Patel     Posted on 01/07/2019
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  • The ‘Emerald Season’ is a wonderful time of the year to visit East Africa as the vegetation is green and lush, and due to the consistent heat you will see a diverse range of game during your autumnal safari adventure.

    There are two distinct periods, when the ‘short rains’ fall in November, and either side of the ‘long rains’, in March and early June.

    Here are 5 reasons to go on a safari during the ‘Green Season:’

    Lion on a Kenya Safari

    Lion in Kenya

    Reasonable prices

    You can benefit from lower prices than in the peak season and can therefore budget to go for longer and make the most of reduced prices. There may be special offers available during this time of year, so do enquire when booking!

    No crowds

    As there are fewer people visiting you will have fewer crowds when in the game park and at the lodges and you’ll receive more personal attention from guides and camp staff.

    Stunning green landscapes

    During the ‘Green Season’ the air is wonderfully clear and free of dust and haze, so East Africa’s stunning landscapes will look amazing, especially during sunrise and sunset, as everything is green and lush.

    Longer days

    There are more daylight hours to enjoy making your experience even better!

    Photographic dream

    Photographers after wildlife encounters or dramatic landscapes will find long days filled with opportunity.

    Our destination suggestions


    Kenya Safari



    Suggested itineraries:

    Cheetah Safari

    One of our most popular safaris is the Cheetah Safari which is a 7-night itinerary visiting the Aberdares, Samburu the Rift Valley Lakes and the Masai Mara.

    Kenya Royal Safari

    A safari of distinction, fit for royalty, visiting Kenya’s finest game reserves and enjoying some of Kenya’s finest lodges and camps.


    Gorillas in Rwanda

    Gorillas in Rwanda

    Suggested itineraries:

    Chimps and Gorillas is a five-night itinerary in Rwanda, combining a visit to chimps in the Nyungwe National Park and gorillas in the Parc National de Volcans. Both experiences are amazing and not to be missed.

    Chimps and Gorillas

    Gorillas in the Wild takes you on a tour of Parc National de Volcans where you can experience a journey through the beautiful terraced hillside that characterises much of Rwanda’s landscape. Climb the base of the awesome Virunga volcanoes.

    Gorillas in the Wild

    More information: https://www.somak.com/rwanda


    Tanzania Safari

    Tanzania Safari

    Suggested itineraries:

    Our Serena Serengeti Safari is an extraordinary journey through contrasting landscapes with excellent opportunities for game viewing in Lake Manyara, the Serengeti and the Ngorongoro Crater.

    Our Selous, Saadani & Zanzibar is a superb 10-night safari by air, combining a calming beach retreat with captivating game viewing.

    Selous, Saadani & Zanzibar

    More information: https://www.somak.com/tanzania


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