Visiting countries in Africa during the spring often gets a bad reputation because it’s often referred to as the “wettest” time of the year.

While that’s true for some countries, it’s also one of the best times to enjoy a vacation for others. Why? Because there are a lot fewer tourists and you’re more likely to save money on your accommodation.

Here are some of the best destinations to visit during the spring season and why:

By April, the five islands that make up the Bazaruto Archipelago are drying up after the summer rains before peak season arrive. During April, you can partake in snorkeling and scuba diving in Bazaruto National Park, as well as spa treatments, seafood feasts, and long walks on the beach.

Gate of a guest house in Vilanculos in Mozambique which points to the beach and the Indian Ocean

April is an exciting time in Cape Town as it begins the autumn season. The heat from the summer is starting to wind down. Take a ride on the Franschhoek Wine Tram, go up the Aerial Cableway at Table Mountain, and enjoy a walk on the sea point promenade.

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April and May are considered the “champagne” months in Zimbabwe. The skies are clear, the temperatures are perfect, and there is little humidity.

It’s the perfect time to take a canoe trips along the game-rich shores of the Zambezi River.

You might also catch a great accommodation deal as many camps and hotels offer low season rates during this time of the year.

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In April, Seychelles offers warm and calm weather, making the island-nation one of the best times to visit.

Located just northeast of Madagascar, Seychelles is home to some of the world’s most stunning beaches, nature reserves, and rare animals such as giant Aldabra tortoises, the largest in the world.

Mahe is the largest of Seychelles 115 islands and where the airport is located, so plan to spend most of your time there.

You don’t have to do much to enjoy the Seychelles. In fact, relaxing and taking it all in is the best thing you can do.

If you want to explore, try hiking the Copolia Trail or a swim at Beau Vallon Beach.

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April marks the end of the rainy season and the start of a shoulder season, which offers fresh air, a ton of greenery, and the air is largely free from dust.

April is not a month that travel experts would call “prime time” for game viewing; however, the mix of wildlife, birds, and stunning landscapes makes it a really great time to travel. We recommend a trip to Etosha National Park.