Your Winter Safari Experience

Posted on May 9, 2023
If you’re planning a South African safari, winter is the perfect time to make your journey. (Winter in the Southern Hemisphere, that is, which falls between June and August each year.)

While some may be deterred by the perceived cooler temperatures, which, quite frankly, can’t hold a candle to European winters, the chillier months in South Africa are actually the preferred time of year for some memorable animal-spotting.

Here are a few reasons why you should be excitedly planning your African winter safari!

  1. Animal visibility

One of the biggest advantages of going on a South African safari during winter is the reduced vegetation. With the leaves and grasses having thinned out in our drier season, it is much easier to spot animals like lions, leopards and rhinos, who may be hiding in the foliage during the more lush summer months. This makes for an incredible viewing experience and opportunity to witness some of the most majestic creatures on the planet.

2. Cooler temperatures

In addition to better sightings, the cooler temperatures of winter can make for a more comfortable and enjoyable safari experience. While the summer months can be sweltering, winter provides a reprieve from the heat and a chance to appreciate the stunning South African landscape in more comfortable conditions.

While it may be cooler in the evenings, it is still sunny during the day and there are far fewer rainy days than during the summer months. This means your chances of enjoying a clear, sunny day on safari are incredibly high.

At Leopard Hills we often talk about the perfection of a winter’s day, where the sun provides just enough heat to keep you warm, but not so much as to have you running for the comfort of the nearest swimming pool. You’ll see when we mean when you get here – it’s glorious!

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3. Animal Migrations

Whilst we’re not referring to the Great Migration that takes place in East Africa, a unique advantage of a winter safaris is the chance to witness animal migrations on varying scales. During the winter season, a number of species – including impalas and zebras – relocate to different areas to find better grazing land. This movement can lead to incredible sightings of large herds and flocks, offering a true spectacle to any keen nature enthusiast.

4. Get Cosy

Whilst animal sightings are the highlight of any trip to Leopard Hills, we understand that the cooler temperatures during winter might leave you wanting some comfortable indoor amenities as well.

Thankfully, our lodge is equipped with everything you need for a comfortable, relaxing stay. Our luxurious rooms offer heating, fluffy blankets, and fireplaces to keep you toasty during the chilly nights. Our indoor dining area offers delicious meals that are sure to warm you up, along with a cosy bar area where you can unwind with a glass of South African wine as you share stories of your safari adventures.

Plus, our beautiful spa area provides the perfect escape from the cooler temperatures, with relaxing treatments to leave you feeling rejuvenated and refreshed.

So, whether you’re enjoying the incredible sightings on the back of a vehicle or indulging in some indoor relaxation, a winter trip to Leopard Hills truly has it all.

Stay with us

There’s simply no better time to experience a South African safari than during the winter months. With incredible sightings, comfortable temperatures, and a one-of-a-kind chance to witness animal migrations, it’s an opportunity that simply can’t be missed. So the next time you’re asking yourself when to go on safari in South Africa, keep the winter months in mind – and book your trip to Leopard Hills today.

Here we offer a winter safari experience that is nothing short of unforgettable. Our safaris take place in the heart of the Sabi Sand Game Reserve, where you’ll have the chance to witness one of the most diverse ranges of flora and fauna in all of Africa. Our expert guides are intimately familiar with the local landscape and species, making for an unparalleled viewing experience.

Book now!

If you’re interested in experiencing the South African bush at its best, please don’t hesitate to get in touch with our reservations desk at

Alternatively, click here and make use of the quick and seamless online booking process and start imagining your ideal vacation today.

We look forward to welcoming you to Leopard Hills Private Game Reserve.

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