what to expect during different seasons

Botswana offers an exciting and endless travel experience all year round. However there are certain seasons for different interest groups to take note of:

• June – August are the coldest months where daytime temperatures are comfortable for safari activities, around 20-27 degrees and the nights/early mornings can be around 0-8 degrees. This is the most popular time to visit Botswana due to several reasons mainly that the Okavango flood waters have arrived attracting large numbers of animals to the delta area. In addition vegetation levels drop back which makes the game more visible. It is also popular as it ties in with many Northern Hemisphere holiday periods. 

• September - October, the temperature rises, drying the landscapes and concentrating the game even more. One might say this is the best time for big game safaris, although October can be very hot, with maximum temperatures approaching 40 degrees, so may not suit all travelers. 

• November – March is commonly referred to as the ‘green season’ when the summer rains arrive.  The temperatures are still warm during the day, up to 30 – 35 degrees, but may drop down to 15-18 degrees when it is raining. Rain tends to fall in short, often spectacular thundershowers, and it may interrupt game viewing. However, rainfall patterns vary annually and it is still a good time to travel as there are long dry spells between rains. It is the ideal time to travel should you have an interest in the Kalahari or Linyanti region (due to animal migrations to the region) and birding. It is also when a lot of animals give birth due to the abundance of vegetation and available water.

• April and May in Botswana are generally lovely months, with clear skies and a lush green landscape. Night temperatures start to drop during these months, making it perfect travelling weather with warm days and cool nights. These months continue to be a good time to visit the Kalahari region, and travel up to the Okavango and beyond is also recommended as the parks and roads dry out, making game areas more accessible.

Please note that places in and around the Okavango tend to have less extreme, more moderate temperatures than the drier areas of the Kalahari.

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