If there’s a question we get asked all the time it’s “when should I visit?” or “what’s the best season?”. The truth is, Botswana is one of those incredible destinations that offers something special all year round, it just depends what you want to experience.
November – March
Botswana’s rainy season, or ‘secret season’ as we like to call it! The national parks are peaceful, there’s less crowding at wildlife sightings and you get more one-on-one focus from your guide because of this. It’s also the most affordable time of year to visit. Being rainy season, it can rain! But if you’re prepared for that then you’ll find that it shouldn’t impact too much on your safari. The lodges are flexible with activities if the weather is affecting it.
Game viewing is definitely quality over quantity. Many young are born at this time allowing for unique sightings, as unfortunately predators are never far behind. Birding is spectacular, as many migratory birds arrive, and the landscape in general is just a burst of color as everything comes to life with the much needed rainfall.
April – May
The rain has usually stopped, save some possible sporadic late rains in April, and the temperature is mild. It’s an amazing time of year for the Kalahari as many migratory animals are still present. The Okavango Delta floods tend to arrive in May, transforming the landscape and reinstating water based activities such as mokoro trails and boating.
May is the start of winter which means the evenings and mornings are quite cool, a pleasure for those looking to travel when it’s not so hot.
June – August
It’s winter and dry season, so temperatures can get low (potentially down to about 5 degrees Celsius). Game viewing is at some of it’s absolute best as the vegetation thins out and wildlife become easier to spot. Dry season activities are available including quad biking on the salt pans, boating in the Okavango and scenic flights.
The Okavango Delta is in full flood, often a focus for many visitors to Botswana. To witness this phenomenon is a must. July – October is the most costly time of year to visit, but it’s worth every penny.
September – October
This is the hottest time of the year and it’s not uncommon for temperatures to reach 40 degrees Celsius. If you can withstand the heat it’s the best time to visit for game viewing. As the dry season nears it’s end many animals are found congregating around the last remaining waterholes, allowing for incredible sightings. This is also the time of year where Chobe is the setting for hundreds of elephants coming down to the Chobe River to drink… simply magical.