When to Go
Best Time for Game Viewing
Botswana’s uncomplicated climate – a long dry winter followed by a short wet summer – makes deciding when to travel to Botswana a question of your priorities.
The best time for game viewing is generally considered to be the May to October dry season. Temperatures are mild to warm with cold nights in mid-winter; September and October however can be extremely hot. Animals are easier to see at this time: concealing vegetation is much reduced and animals are increasingly concentrated around water.
The onset of the rains may deter some potential visitors but travellers to Botswana in early summer can expect some of the year’s most dramatic game viewing. Thousands of baby antelope are born, attracting the attention of predators. Migrations begin too. Elephants, buffalo and zebra move into the Kalahari and bird watching is at its best across the country.