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Botswana

Why Botswana?

Botswana is the safari connoisseur’s choice, with some of Africa’s best game viewing, huge wilderness areas, superb lodges and experienced guides.

Combine the spectacular water wonderland of the Okavango Delta with the vast open savannas of Savuti, the busy banks of the Chobe River, endless horizons of the Kalahari Desert and Makgadikgadi Salt Pans and the privacy of the Tuli Block – to seek out intensely wild encounters with elephants, lions, leopards, buffalos, wild dogs and many more species.

Choose game drives with experienced guides or glide over the crystal clear waters on a boat, canoe or mokoro. Video: sunset mokoro. And for the active safari holiday choose bush walks and horse riding to get really close to Botswana’s legendary wildlife.

Accommodation ranges from luxury lodges to mobile tented safaris and just about everything in-between. Video: mobile tented safari in Botswana

And if its solitude you seek, then Botswana has that in spades thanks to the country’s vast size and small population.

Wildlife movements are determined by annual Okavango Delta flood cycles and by rainfall – so you should plan your safari accordingly.

When to go to Botswana?

Botswana offers wonderful safari experiences throughout the year, but seasonality does influence what you are likely to see, the volume of tourists and the price you will pay for your safari. Exact timing is impossible to predict, but here is a broad outline of what you can expect during a calendar year in Botswana:

The end of the dry season and temperatures are rising, often making it uncomfortable outdoors. The rain has not yet arrived, except for the odd shower. Some say that this is the best time to be in Botswana, because the lack of water has reduced available graze/browse and wildlife concentrates in specific areas, making for great predator action. Short bursts of early rain bring promise and cause some grasses and trees to green up in anticipation of more. Many migratory bird species have arrived and started breeding.
The start of summer rains and the green season – expect some thunderstorms and high temperatures (dropping during periods of cloud cover), low tourist volumes and lower prices.Many antelope species start dropping babies, which are easy targets for predators. Crocodiles are nesting and easier to spot on riverbanks and migratory and resident birds are in frenetic breeding mode.Animals that were easy to find at scare water sources during the dry season (elephants, buffalo, lions) are starting to disperse as water becomes more readily available throughout vast roaming areas.
The green season – the main rain season is in full swing (with rainfall tailing off in late March and April), so expect thunderstorms and high temperatures when the sun is not obscured by clouds, low tourist volumes and lower lodging prices. Browsers and grazers are in top condition because of the fresh grass and leaves and there are plenty of juveniles to keep predators occupied and gastronomically satisfied. Tall grass and lush foliage make it tough to see wildlife. Bird watching is at its best, although some migratory species have now started departing. Frogs, toads, turtles, fish and other water-dependent species are everywhere.
The rain has stopped and the bush is drying out, but the annual floodwaters from the Angolan highlands have arrived and the Okavango Delta is once again a water wonderland – with islands of slightly higher land crammed with larger trees and wildlife. Tourism volumes start increasing, as do prices. Temperatures have now dropped from the highs of summer and it can get fairly chilly in the morning and evening – especially near water. Migrant birds have departed.
This is it – the most popular time to be in Botswana, and for good reason. There is no rain, the floods have subsided and the bush has dried out, making it easier to see the wildlife. The reduction in surface water forces animals to concentrate near reliable water sources and predators make the most of things. Temperatures are moderate to pleasantly warm during the day, but it can be chilly once the sun disappears. This is prime tourist season, so expect higher volumes and peak prices.
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