The land locked country of Botswana is fast becoming one of the most sought after destinations in Africa, and it’s not hard to see why. It boasts vast unspoilt nature reserves, natural landscapes and unbeatable wildlife experiences. With world-renowned wilderness safari destinations including, the Okavango Delta and Chobe National Park. Botswana has plenty of Africa’s top predators – lion, leopard, hyenas and rare wild dogs. Even the bird watching is phenomenal. The lodges are small, intimate and luxurious. Once at your camp, some of the most experienced game rangers and trackers in the world will ensure that your Botswana safari exceeds all expectations with their knowledge, insight and unsurpassed game tracking abilities.
The evergreen jewel of the Okavango Delta is one of the largest inland deltas in the world, and floods annually from water flowing all the way from its catchment area creating an environment rich in plant, animal and bird life. If you wish to get really close to the incredible animal and birdlife you can take a guided traditional dugout canoe trip along the waterways of the Okavango Delta.
Chobe National Park is known to have Africa’s largest elephant population as well as large herds of buffalo, zebra, all types of antelope species.
Many clients combine a safari in Botswana with time in Cape Town and a few days at Victoria Falls.
Best Time to Visit Botswana
The question of when to go to Botswana is best answered by thinking about what you want to experience. Game viewing is at its peak during the dry winter months of May to October when animals are concentrated in ever increasing numbers at water sources as the dry season wears on. Many experts regard the cooler months of June to August as the best time of year for a Botswana safari – the game viewing is consistently excellent, there’s virtually no rain and the risk of malaria is at its lowest.
Reaching peak concentrations during the hot and dry September/October months, wildlife tends to disperse during the rainy January to April summer but several destinations such as Chobe’s Savute region and the Kalahari offer excellent summer game viewing, not least because they lie on the path of migrating animals – particularly zebra. Indeed, Botswana’s three Kalahari parks are arguably at their best in early summer – December is a particularly good month as many antelope give birth then which means more predators.
A year-round birding destination, bird watchers will nevertheless find the migrant-filled summer months of the “Green Season” the best time to visit Botswana for both numbers and diversity of species.