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When is the best time to visit Botswana?

This African gem is a year-round safari destination, so the ‘best time to visit Botswana’ really depends on what you want to do. Do you want to be able to spot a multitude of wildlife gathered around a scarce water source without much effort? Or are you not too phased by potential rain and would love to see newborn animals in the lush green grass? Whichever you prefer, it is worth noting the monthly changes in weather and the effect this has on the country’s wildlife. For this reason, we have detailed the dry and wet season, and what each time of the year will bring you in turn…

If the details bore you, then scroll down for a quick summary of the best time to visit Botswana, and the worst!

Dry Season – May to October

May is the start of the dry season with clear skies and moderate temperatures.

June, July and August are some of the best months to visit the Okavango Delta, Moremi Game Reserve and Chobe National Park as the wildlife is out in abundance. But it gets cold in the mornings and evenings – so pack warm clothes!

September and October are the driest, hottest months, but this means that there aren’t many mosquitoes, and the animals are very easy to see. They gather in large numbers around limited water sources. And as there is little vegetation to get in the way, you will experience some of the best game viewing during this time.

Wet Season – November to April

This is the rainy season in Botswana. Temperatures are high and it is humid. However, it is green and lush, and there is a chance to see newborn animals as this is calving season. There is also a huge influx of migratory birds in the Okavango and Moremi, making it the best time for birding.

December, January and February have the highest rainfall during this period. In fact, some lodges and camps even close. And others become quite difficult to access as the roads become too muddy.

By the time March and April come around, the rain is confined to afternoon showers. So this shouldn’t have a negative affect on your trip. It may even be the best time to visit Botswana if you prefer a temperate climate as the weather is at its best around this time of year.

Climate Chart

Have a closer look at the average maximum and minimum temperatures, and average rainfall for Maun in northern Botswana.

Here’s a quick summary for the time-pressed readers:

Best time to go

June to September in parks like Okavango, Chobe and Moremi. March to May in the drier parks like Central Kalahari and Kgalagadi

Good for: Wildlife safaris, mokoro safaris, and self-drive safaris

Peak Season

July to October – the Chobe riverfront area might feel a bit crowded, but other parks less so

Good for: Wildlife safaris, mokoro safaris, and self-drive safaris

Low Season

December to April – some lodges even close for this period

Good for: Bird watching, calving season

Best Weather

April and May – temperatures are moderate with little to no clouds and rainfall

Worst Weather

October and November are very hot, and January and February are very wet

This article is written by Cedarberg Africa

Cedarberg Africa is a travel and safari company specializing in African tailor-made itineraries. We have special rates with all the hotels and game lodges. Booking through us will cost you no more than booking direct, and sometimes less. So our expertise and knowledge comes at no extra cost to you! Contact us now….

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