March in Africa is an interesting 'in-between' month - not quite summer, not quite autumn, and still a long way from winter. It's also strategically placed between Christmas and Easter, making it an ideal off-season month to travel.
Some destinations really come into their own, big cats are still stalking the Serengeti’s wildebeest herds, turtles are nesting on Indian Ocean islands by moonlight, and the weather is mild – in fact, Africa in March is as wild and beautiful as it is crowd-free.
In Botswana, the longest migration among African mammals sees a few thousand Burchell’s zebra walk for nearly 480 km (300 miles) back and forth from Botswana to Namibia. They’re best seen in the Makgadikgadi Pans in Botswana’s south. The rains across the rest of Sub-Saharan Africa make many of the roads impassable, leading to a tricky month for safari.
But where are the best places to visit in Africa in March? Well, we’ve been planning trips to Africa for thousands of travellers since 1989 – here are our best picks for where to travel in March.
The harvest period continues in the beautiful Winelands. Enjoy walking amongst the vines, dining in top restaurants and of course, wine tasting!
For those wanting to get off the beaten track, you can experience a different type of safari in North and South Luangwa National Parks. You explore much of the waterways and game view by boat. It is green, beautiful, and the wildlife is relaxed.
Namibia is the most exquisite, beguiling of countries with the most breath taking landscapes and fascinating cultures. March is one of our favourite times to visit, especially for the Namib Desert. Meet the San people for a really authentic and privileged insight into their lives. Spend time with scientific researchers, tracking desert-adapted lion, rhino, elephant, pangolin and cheetah. For those searching for something a little different, Namibia ticks every box!
Fly fishing is exceptional in South Africa at this time of year. For rainbow and brown trout one should travel to the Mpumalanga and KwaZulu Natal regions, where we have some of the most superb guides.
The Masai Mara is the most incredible wildlife haven on the African continent. Kenya should be top of your leader board from January through March for excellent game viewing and birdlife. Amboseli and the Chyulu Hills are also wonderful at this time of year and especially good for elephant. You can also enjoy swimming in the waters at Lamu for incredible marine life.
The tail-end of the wildebeest migration can be seen in March in the Serengeti. Wildlife is still fantastic in the Serengeti now, too, and one can stay in a private, luxury mobile tented camp on an exclusive use basis or in a luxury tented camp or lodge.
Chad is fantastic at this time of year, incorporating both Zakouma National Park with its fabulous wildlife, with the Ennedi region of the Sahara desert – perfect for those with a decent budget who are wanting to get off the beaten track.
March continues to be a wonderful time for gorilla trekking in Rwanda, Uganda and the Republic of Congo.
Mafia Island has some of the world's best diving and one can snorkel or scuba dive amongst whale sharks! March may have a few rains but is before the long rains start in April and May so is a good time to visit if marine wildlife is your interest.