As the winter season in Botswana nears its end, the waters of the Okavango slowly recede forcing the animals and birds to migrate. The end of another life cycle is complete before the new one begins a few months later. In East Africa, the short rains begin, indicating the start of the planting season. The annual wildebeest migration begins and the animals slowly make their way across the Masai Mara in Kenya towards the greener pastures of the Serengeti in Tanzania. This is where they deliver their babies and a new generation is born continuing the Circle of Life.
Up in west Africa, an equatorial climate, we see the tourist season wind down in Ghana and the rains begin before drying off in November where the temperatures hover in the 80s throughout the rest of the year and into next year. In the Sahara, the alize (cool) winds kick in keeping temperatures in Mali bearable and is the best time to travel before the harmattan trade winds violently pass through the Sahara dumping fine dust in the entire region.
As we enter into fall, keep in mind the immense beauty created by changing seasons and as each culture marks important milestones. Absorb the tranquility and color that they offer and consider how much our planet is offering us. Take time to travel and absorb.
About the author: Rumit Mehta is the founder of Immersion Journeys, an award winning specialty boutique tour company, focusing on customized leisure, adventure and academic tours to Africa and South Asia. He is also a guest blogger for Africa.com.