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Best Time to Visit Botswana

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Best Time to Visit Botswana

Depending on what you want to explore, Botswana is a country blessed with some of the most iconic safari destinations in Africa, with equally dramatic weather changes.

There are some places in Botswana for the best safari experience in every season, making it an ideal year-round safari destination.

Here is the information about the best time to visit Botswana-

The high season is the best time for wildlife watching:

The dry winter season runs from May to October, with clear blue skies, warm days and chilled nights.

  • June and August are the coolest months holding around 25°C (77°F), and temperatures drop below freezing at night.
  • At the beginning of September, the heat gradually grows and touches its peak in October when the temperature becomes 40°C (104°F).

In the months of the dry season, wildlife gathers around the seasonally high water source of the Okavango Delta and permanent water sources such as the Chobe River.

Briefly learn about the best time of the year:

Let’s discuss the safari experiences that you can get in the above-mentioned best months of the year (May – October).

May – Chilled weather with clear skies:

As May is the winter month in Botswana, it brings clear skies and more moderate temperatures.

  • At this time of the year, you can explore chilled nights, especially in Kalahari.
  • It's also an ideal time for wildlife viewing as they gather around the waterholes including Okavango Delta. To watch this amazing view you can head to Moremi Game Reserve June & witness rare African wild dogs

By mid-June, visitor numbers increase to experience the vulnerable wild dogs of Africa.

  • Days are generally sunny and warm and the nights are colder at this time making it fit for adventure.
  • If you wish to see African wild dogs, the best time is from June to September.
  • You can see these endangered predators staying close to home to protect the pups.

July – the peak of the high season:

In July, tourists can witness wildlife congregate around water holes, although it is a busy time of the year.

  • In private reserves, it’s also an excellent time to enjoy African flora and fauna through guided walking safaris.
  • Between July and September is the best time to mingle with meerkats in Makgadikgadi.

August – The Okavango Delta fills up with wildlife:

You can explore the stunning wildlife views of the Okavango Delta in August.

  • During this time, you can see clear skies and rising temperatures in the daytime, but nights are colder, often dropping below freezing.
  • Water levels are at their highest in the Okavango delta, attracting wildlife.
  • This is the perfect time to spot mokoro past herds of thirsty elephants.

September – dry weather and spectacular wildlife spotting:

  • September is dry, hot and dusty. But the skies are clear and the floodplains get full of lush vegetation.
  • This time is excellent for sighting wildlife congregating around water sources.
  • Evenings are a bit chilled, perfect for a sundowner around the campfire.

October-The heat is on:

If you can bear the heat of October in Botswana, it will be outstanding to spot wildlife.

  • Especially in the early mornings and evenings, you can see the best views of wildlife.
  • Huge herds of elephants, hippos and predators stalking their prey around water holes are the main attractions of this month.

Well, with its incredible game viewing and stunning areas, Botswana is an iconic safari destination all year-round. Still, we have given you the best time of the year for the best ever experience.

You can contact our expert guide to book a Botswana Safari with us.

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