African safari in a green paradise

Green paradise in Masai Mara by Cottars

Mother Nature has been showing off the last couple of months in Africa and green is definitely her colour. While the rainy season is just about over in Africa, it leaves behind a lush green paradise for everyone to enjoy.

Here are some of our favourite safari destinations in Africa where you can enjoy the lush green paradise:

The green paradise in South Luangwa, Zambia captured by David Rogers

The green season is arguably the best time to visit South Luangwa. The Luangwa River is one of the last remaining major rivers in Africa, and the best time to see this river in all its glory is during the rainy season (Jan to March).

Watch how South Luangwa transforms into a lush green paradise when the long-awaited rains arrive:

This vast river floods into lagoons and channels, changing course and resulting in new lagoons. In doing so, it creates a rich flood plain river system. It is during this time that safari lodges are able to take full advantage of the river by taking their guests out on boats to explore the green paradise which is normally inaccessible during the dry winter months.

Where to stay:

For the best summer safari experience during the emerald season we suggest you stay at Robin Pope Safaris Nsefu camp. This camp was the first camp in Zambia and is located in a prime spot in the exclusive Nsefu Sector on a magnificent meander on the Luangwa River. This camp also offers seasonal boating safaris which allows guests to explore the lagoons for an enhanced game viewing and birding experience.

Exploring the Luangwa river at Robin Pope Safaris. © Robin Pope Safaris

Kenya, Masai Mara

The Masai Mara is one of Africa’s most legendary safari destinations. The endless grass plains turn into a lush green paradise during the wetter months (March-June). It is during this time when over a million wildebeest and zebra make their way to the Masai Mara to get a taste of the green grass.

Predators such as cheetah and lion also want to get their taste of the green season. They take this opportunity to prey on the plenty of inexperienced, younger animals that are born around this time of year. This means your chance of experiencing dramatic, life-and-death scenes are higher during the green season.

Lion on the lookout in the Masai Mara. ©Life Through a lens via Cottars 1920s safari camp

Where to stay:

For an authentic safari experience in the Masai Mara, we suggest you stay at Cottar’s 1920s Camp & Bush Villa. The Camp has its own 6000-acre private conservancy, and is located far away from roads and other lodges. Its remote location is really great for guests that do not like big crowds; especially during the peak migration season.

Cottars 1920s safari camp’s guide Lesasi taking in the beautiful green setting.

South Africa, Waterberg region

The Waterberg is an exceptional and internationally recognised natural heritage site and is a unique wilderness area of South Africa. With a name that literally has the word “water” in it, one can only expect the rolling hills to be the setting of a dreamy green paradise.

Giraffes enjoying the green paradise in the Waterberg region ©Andrew Yates

What makes this area extra special is that not only is it home to Africa’s Big Five, it is also home to Sable and Roan antelope (rarely seen anywhere else today). The green bush is the perfect background for your photos especially when taking photos of the Sable antelopes. Sable antelopes have dark black fur, except for their belly and face, which is all white, and will “pop” in your safari pictures.

Where to stay:

Ant’s Nest and Ant’s Hill are situated on their own private game reserve which covers 12,500 acres of pristine Waterberg bushveld.  The reserve is made out of 12 different ecological zones from open grassy plains to thick montane bush to savannah bushveld. What makes Ant’s Nest and Ant’s Hill extra special is that they offer horseback safaris! Their horses live out in the bush and graze in and amongst the game, so the game see the horses as just another animal, thus giving guests possibly the closest wildlife encounter on horseback in Africa.

The green paradise in the Waterberg region is the perfect backdrop for photos. ©Andrew Yates

Horses at Ant’s Nest and Ants Hill. ©Andrew Yates

Why we love Africa in the green season:

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    Amazing photos

    The green season creates wonderful light for photographs with less dust in the air and the opportunity to take magnificent contrasting photos of wildlife against the green surroundings.

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    The Fruits are Starting to Ripen

    With the rains come fruit! Elephants, monkeys, baboons, and many more species can’t resist the sweet temptations. There’s a hive of activity around these fruit trees with monkey squabbles and plenty of elephants with new-born calves around.

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    The Wildlife is Abundant

    The rains don’t just breathe new life into the plants but also into the wildlife. New arrivals usually coincide with the rains as food is plentiful and life is relatively easy. If you want to see baby animals on safari, this is the best time to go.

Make your friends and family green with envy and book your safari in Africa’s green paradise.