- Okavango Delta Safari
When to Go
The Delta is a year-round destination
The Okavango Delta is a year-round destination but its seasonal nature greatly affects the visitor experience.
High water season (May to August) coincides with Botswana’s dry winter, creating a happy combination of the best time of year for water activities, the mildest weather, and the lowest malaria risk. Animals are drawn to the rising water as winter wears on, making for very rewarding game viewing in September and October.
Note that many Okavango Delta lodges do not offer water activities except in flood season but these lodges will make up for it with the quality of their land-based game viewing. Conversely, lodges may also be unable to offer game drives in high water season – it pays to find out beforehand.
The arrival of the summer rains in November and December means that many animals move away from the delta but others arrive, including huge numbers of migrant bird species. Large herds of impala give birth in early summer, attracting predators and making an early Green Season to the Okavango Delta an attractive option for second-time around safari visitors.