BOTSWANA FAST FACTS
JANUARY - MARCH (GREEN SEASON)
The height of rainy season; hot and humid with thunderstorms. Low water in the Delta. Considered the poorest time for game viewing but best for birding. Amazing great green season specials available.
APRIL - MAY (SHOULDER SEASON)
End of rainy season. April and May are the best months to visit Botswana as rates are still lower and there are fewer visitors than peak season. Most days are warm and nights cool as the rain disappears for the next four months. Landscape still green but seasonal waterholes are rapidly drying up and animals are arriving at permanent water sources like the Chobe River, Okavango Delta and Moremi Game Reserve. The game viewing is often as good as prime time.
JUNE - JULY (HIGH SEASON)
Okavango in full flood. Warm days and cold nights. Night time temperatures can dip below freezing. No rain and very few mosquitoes. Game viewing in most areas is excellent.
AUGUST - OCTOBER (HIGH SEASON)
Temperatures rise as do visitor numbers. Peak game viewing season. Vegetation thinner and less lush for better viewing. Big herds of antelope, elephants and buffalo begin to crowd the banks of rivers and permanent waterholes. Land-only camps and Okavango Delta camps on the dry-land fringes such as Moremi and adjoining private reserves are very good for game viewing.
NOVEMBER (START OF GREEN SEASON)
Unpredictable month. Could be wet or dry, depending on the timing of the rains but it will be hot. A dry November makes for excellent waterhole game viewing. If there is early rain, many animals disappear en masse into the backcountry. Game viewing still good but concentrations of animals may be lower. Green season specials start.
DECEMBER (GREEN SEASON EXCEPT 20 DEC - 10 JAN)
Summer time and raining season starts in earnest. Botswana turns green and impalas and springboks all drop their lambs. Lots of baby animals around. Best month for bird watching. Spectacular thunderstorms. Prettiest time to be there but not necessarily the best for game viewing.
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