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As one of the leading Botswana safari companies we’re sharing our knowledge. Explaining where and when to see the best wildlife and tempting you with our favourite safaris.
So why not escape for a few days into the real African bush, stay at small, intimate camps and lodges where just a few of the best Botswana safari companies operate.
Safari seasons explained:
- Visit between July and October to see the game at the permanent water holes. This is the high season and the dry season. Afternoon temperatures range from warm to hot (particularly in October). The temperatures can be cool in the evenings so be prepared to pile on the layers. There are fewer mosquitoes and bugs at this time of year due to the lower humidity.
- It’s worth considering a ‘quieter’ safari between November and April. This is the ‘green season’ during the southern hemisphere’s summer months when the weather is warm and wet.
We highly recommend a green season safari
Why take a ‘green season’ safari?
- Birding is great during the green season when the migratory species arrive to breed and nest especially in Northern Botswana which is known for its high bird population. Look out for the slaty egrets, Pel’s fishing-owl and wattled cranes
- the grazing wildlife give birth to their young who feed on the fresh green shoots and grasses. Therefore it’s a good time to see young springbok, impala and zebra staying close to their mothers
- it’s also a time for hunting for food. Leopard, cheetah, lion, wild dog, spotted hyena and other predators target the youngsters. Prepare for dramatic hunting scenes when you’re out and about
- expect dramatic lightening skies and thunder storms
- lush foliage, rainbows and blue skies create an excellent canvas for photography – just add the wildlife and it’s a winner!
Even though it can be more challenging to track the wildlife through the thicker vegetation (some Botswana safari companies may not agree) but we’re of the opinion that the result is far more rewarding.
PS… there’s less safari demand too, some camps reduce their rates. Highly recommended!
A popular choice with many Botswana safari companies, the Chobe National Park can be busy. If it’s on your bucket list look at the private exclusive camps in the Okavango, also plan ahead. These camps are small and book up well in advance.
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If you’re looking for a classic Botswana safari we recommend spending 4 nights in the Okavango followed by 3 nights in the Linyanti Concession. Go bird watching, enjoy a mokoro trip on the waterways, go on a boat cruise and join guided walks, all activities are accompanied by professional safari guides. An integral part of the safari, the guides will explain about the fauna and flora as well as the incredible wildlife of the region.
Furthermore, if you’d like to do a safari in Chobe, check out our other favourite Botswana safari companies.
- The Letaka safari brothers, Grant and Brent Reed operate through Chobe, Khwai, Moremi and to Maun from Kasane.
- We rate old friends Robyn and David Foot as one of the best horseback and riding safari outfits found anywhere in East and Southern Africa
- A sampling of our top safaris
Wherever in the world you are, our Zambezi community is full of easy-going travel-minded friends who take their fun seriously. Come and join the adventure.