When To Travel To Botswana For Safari Holidays

When is the best time to go to Botswana for African safari holidays?  The best time to visit Botswana is largely dependent on the key reasons which drive you to want to visit Botswana.  It normally boils down to questions such as;

  • Your interests such as cultural events or wildlife safaris
  • Holiday safari activities;
  • Holiday destinations in Botswana you want to visit,

What do local destination experts thinking is the best time to visit to Botswana?
Well, from the local destination expert’s point of view, Botswana is best visited during both the dry and cold seasons. Firstly, during the dry spells between the months of May and October there is scarcity of pastures and water, as a consequence animals are drawn out by thirst to the few remaining waterholes and to the banks of permanent rivers like Chobe River, and in the Okavango Delta which has water throughout albeit during the dry seasons the channels are very narrow.

The dry spell also means there is inadequate vegetative cover allowing animals to be spotted with ease. It can be a very rewarding wildlife watching safari experience owing to the quality and quantity of wildlife seen. The cold season as local destination experts in Botswana argue is also a perfect time to visit Botswana for safari holidays. The cold season falls between the months of June and August with moderate temperatures. It’s good to note that during the cold season or winter the days are pleasantry warm but the nights can get freezing cold.  We advise you to pack very warm clothing to put on in the evenings and early morning when heading out for morning game drives which normally happens before sunrise.

The onset of the rainy season in Botswana is in the summer between the months of December to April, with the peak season occurring in January and February.  Visiting Botswana during the wet season can be a nightmare because of impassable roads, flooding, and risk of malaria. It’s often regard as the low season even most lodges and camps closed down  because there are in accessible from the outside. However the wet season in Botswana is not all bleak as very many birds flocks the region.  Keen birdwatchers willing to brave these weather conditions will have great moments spotting all kinds of birds including the intra-African and Palaearctic migratory birds. In addition, rain in Botswana means a season of plenty and many animals give birth to new ones, this in turn attracts large number of predators.

Botswana enjoys a subtropical climate; however effects of climate change are becoming apparent in Botswana with adverse effects such as extended dry seasons leading to draught and unprecedented flooding.  Nevertheless Botswana can be regarded as an all year round holiday safari destination.