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When is the best time to visit Botswana?
Botswana has so much on offer whatever the time of year …
so when is the best time to visit Botswana? It all depends on what you want to do, it’s a great year round destination but many tourists visit during the dry season between May to November with mid July to mid October the busiest months. Even during during these peak seasons it doesn’t feel busy even when the camps are fully booked, if you head for the smaller camps and lodges and the private reserves. To really avoid the crowds travel during the rainy season from December to April. The camps are quieter with low camp rates for a good value for money safaris. Whilst the rains are not everyone’s idea of the best time to travel, they are a fascinating time for a trip and shouldn’t be disregarded without a little more investigation.
To help you on your way we’ve put together a month by month calendar to help you plan you trip to Botswana:
- January – rainy season and Botswana is buzzing – with the storm clouds and rain comes new vegetation, this in turn attracts insects and breeding birds
- February – the Central Kalahari is alive with wildlife with vast herds of springbok, oryx, lion, cheetah and leopard attracted by the new green grasses
- March – Nxai National Park and Makgadikgadi salt pans now have lush new grasses which attract the grazing wildebeest and zebra. The pans become home to flamingos which flock in their thousands into the Sua Pan. This is Botswana’s Great Migration season and a very special sight to see
- April – a great month for photography, the clear light skies following the rains offer some fabulous photographic opportunities – look out for the wydahs and herbivore families
- May – visit the Tsodilo Hills a UNESCO World Heritage Site in located in Botswana’s north west. View over 4,500 rock paintings dating back thousands of years.
- June – if it’s your first visit to Botswana you must take a small boat along the Chobe River and make eye contact with the hippos near Kasane. The crocodiles sun themselves on the river banks and elephants looking for food cross the river. Need we say more!
- July – the Savuti Salt Marsh in the Chobe National Park is an area of great importance to wildlife. Antelope and their predators gather here where the Savuti Channel is flowing. An awesome game viewing destination
- August – a fabulous month in Botswana – look and listen to the sights and sounds all around. There’s less vegetation now so the animals will congregate around the waterholes making them easier to spot
- September – the Okavango Delta is great for wildlife; take a mokoro, boat, vehicle or head off on foot and discover the wildlife of this unique ecosystem: including African Buffalo, African bush elephant, lechwe, tsessebe, blue wildebeest, giraffe, lion, leopard, crocodile, brown hyena, white rhinoceros, black rhinoceros, zebra and warthog you’re spoilt for choice!
- October – great time for birders: yellow billed storks, pink backed pelicans in the Kanana, the riverbanks attract the Carmine bee-eaters who like to nest there. Look out for the migrant waders on the edge of the water
- November – a great month for fly fishing in the Okavango. The river’s home to 71 species of fish including tigerfish, catfish and tilapia, stickle barb and African sharptoot
- December – into the Emerald Season with a green lush sub-tropical landscape. Days can be bright and sunny with thunderstorms in the afternoon. In Makgadikgadi and Central Kalahari there’s plenty to view with hyena and lion and if you’re lucky cheetah and leopard.
Botswana… one of Africa’s best travel experiences!