- Chobe National Park
When to Go
The dry winter May - October
The dry winter (May to late October) is often seen as the best time to visit Chobe. It’s the time of year with the lowest malaria risk and temperatures are very pleasant. From May through August you’ll enjoy mild to warm sunny days with cold, star-filled nights but you’ll need to be prepared for very hot weather in September and October when the average maximum temperature is 38°C/100°F.
Game viewing is very good during the long dry season, especially in the later months as animals are increasingly concentrated at the Chobe River and Savuti Channel.
The arrival of the summer rains in November breaks up the herds at the rivers as the Chobe National Park turns green. Migratory birds arrive in huge numbers, zebra migrate through the Savuti grasslands and many antelope give birth, attracting predators of all description. Visitors to Chobe in the early Green Season (Nov and Dec) may have to put up with a bit of rain but the game viewing can be very rewarding.
Rain is heaviest in January, February and March forcing several lodges and overland safari operators to close at this time of year. Travel to Chobe is not recommended during this time: the malaria risk is at its highest, and animals are widely dispersed and hard to see amongst the greenery.