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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.

May / Jun / Jul
Cool & dry; good game viewing; very low malaria risk; Okavango Delta in flood
Aug / Sep / Oct
Warm to hot & dry; peak game viewing; low malaria risk; best for Chobe River & Moremi
Nov / Dec
Warm & occasional rain showers; birthing season; good for Savuti & Kalahari & birding
Jan / Feb / Mar / Apr
Warm with regular heavy rain; lush landscapes; best birding; Savuti/Kalahari zebra migration

What to Do

on a Botswana Safari Tour

1. Go on a Game Drive

Led by an experienced guide, morning & afternoon drives deliver Botswana’s amazing wildlife close-up. The 4X4 vehicle has an open roof & sides plus raised suspension to ensure the best photographic opportunities.

2. Explore Okavango Delta

It’s the world’s biggest inland delta, a mesmerising mosaic of wetlands & woodlands, home to big game & epic bird watching. Experience it from a mokoro – a traditional canoe – steered by a local guide.

3. Cruise the Chobe River

Elephants & buffalo crowd the Chobe River during the dry season & the best views are from a boat. You’ll also see hippos, crocodiles, dazzling birdlife & spectacular sunsets.

4. Track The Predators

Healthy numbers of lion, leopard & cheetah stalk Botswana’s reserves; it’s also Africa’s best destination for wild dogs. Crocodiles, hyenas, giant owls & eagles are commonly seen.

5. Walk the Wilderness

The Okavango Delta & private concessions can be explored on foot, adding a new dimension to your experience & ideal for bird watchers. Your professional guide leads the way.

6. Watch at the Waterhole

Camps & lodges are generally set over water: all you need to do is settle down on the viewing deck & let Botswana’s wildlife come to you. It’s especially rewarding in the dry season.

7. Take a Night Drive

Botswana’s private concessions offer spot-lit night drives, the best way to see Africa’s elusive nocturnal creatures such as porcupine, bush babies, wild cats & aardwolf.

8. Interact with Communities

Some lodges incorporate the local community into your experience. You’ll meet village elders, have fun with local kids & enjoy a taste of life in big game country.

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