Botswana’s green season, otherwise known as the ‘secret season’, runs from approximately the beginning of November to the end of March. Characterised by the much anticipated rainfall which transforms the dry and arid land in to a lush, green paradise – green season has its unique advantages to visitors.
1. Scenery –
Botswana’s rains usually arrive during November, and they transform a barren land which has dried out from a long, hot, dry season in to a spectacular, green environment. Expect lands full of leafy trees, sprouting flowers and vibrant colours.
2. Migrations & Wildlife –
Green season is the setting for some of Botswana’s most spectacular migrations (who said game viewing was only good in dry season?!). When the rains arrive, many wildlife migrate towards the Kalahari Game Reserve in search of the fresh new grazing and plentiful waterholes, allowing for impressive sightings. Meanwhile, just before and just after rainy season you can expect to see the Zebra Migration where upwards of 20’000 zebra migrate from the Boteti River in the Makgadikgadi National Park to the Salt Pans for fresh grazing, and back again.
3. Affordable Rates –
Summer specials are a common feature during green season, with guests being offered special discounts and packages over this time. This means value for your money is excellent.
4. Quiet Season –
Compared to the busy dry season, green season is often much quieter allowing guests a more personal safari experience. Enjoy game sightings all to yourself, without the convoys of vehicles so often a feature during the dry season.
5. New-borns –
A lot of young are born during green season, due to the abundance of grazing, which makes for some unique wildlife sightings! With new-borns, predators are not far behind, allowing for some dramatic wildlife interactions.