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What is the best time to go on safari to Botswana?

 
Your family can enjoy a luxury Botswana safari at any time of year. The seasonality of the deserts and deltas is complex and choosing the ideal time to travel for what you have in mind requires expert advice. In this section we explain the fundamentals of the seasons and the effect that they have on the landscapes and wildlife. It is best to call us so that we can discuss your family’s plans and prepare the perfect itinerary for the time of year you wish to travel.
Fishing on boat safari sunset

What are the weather patterns in Botswana?

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Man with binoculars looking over Makgadikgadi Pan

What are the weather patterns in Botswana?

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Family game drive near big male lion

What are the weather patterns in Botswana?

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Botswana is a largely arid country which receives little rainfall. April to the end of November is a season of almost unbroken sunshine. Winter falls from late May to early September, and from dusk to dawn the temperatures drop rapidly requiring you to layer up. Temperatures reach their peak in October and November before the first summer showers arrive, and these continue through to the end of March.
Thunderstorm over Makgadikgadi Pan and zebra herd

What effect do the rains have on safaris?

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Canoe safari near elephants in water

What effect do the rains have on safaris?

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Hot air balloon safari over Okavango Delta

What effect do the rains have on safaris?

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Antelope walking through marsh

What effect do the rains have on safaris?

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The rains that fall from December to March come mainly as thunder showers, often in the afternoon following a clear morning. They bring relief and cause the desert areas to flourish, attracting animals and birds, making this the best time to visit the Kalahari. They also replenish areas like Savuti where the sudden availability of widespread watering places disperses the big herds. The rains have relatively little effect upon game viewing in the Okavango, which is more influenced by the arrival of the annual floodwaters.
Aerial view Okavango Delta after flood

What is the seasonality of the Okavango Delta?

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Girl and safari guide looking at lily

What is the seasonality of the Okavango Delta?

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Kudu in Okavango Delta during dry season

What is the seasonality of the Okavango Delta?

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The Okavango Delta exists because the river Okavango ends its journey in the Kalahari. The Okavango is fertile and has plentiful water all year, so the wildlife generally stays within the Delta. The rains that fall from December to March at the source of the river in Angola reach the Delta between May and July. In these months, you can actually see the Delta replenishing and in some areas, plains become submerged under lagoons. The waters then evaporate slowly and by December, the Okavango water levels are at their lowest.
Double bed at savute

Do the seasons in Botswana affect the cost of a family safari?

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Elephant with twin calves

Do the seasons in Botswana affect the cost of a family safari?

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Mother and daughter reading on safari

Do the seasons in Botswana affect the cost of a family safari?

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Yes! Prices are considerably lower in Botswana from December to the end of March. With carefully chosen safari locations and lodges your family can enjoy an excellent safari during these months, seeing good numbers of animals. November, April and May are usually at mid-season prices. Peak season is from June to the end of October, driven by lodge occupancy levels and perfect game viewing conditions. These peak months are also the best for seeing the largest herds in Savuti, Chobe and Linyanti.
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