Best Time to Go on Safari in Botswana

April through early November is the best time to view large numbers of animals as they migrate toward the waterways of the Okavango Delta. It is during this dry-season period that the big game, wildlife, and birds congregate around water sources—the natural waterholes and the borehole-fed dams—and are at their most visible.

But Botswana is truly a year-round tourist destination. The landscapes change dramatically with the seasons, and wildlife roams freely across the game reserves and parks, providing unique safari experiences year-round.

November and December—the calving months—are an excellent time to witness nature's own timetable of regeneration.

December through February/March is the wet summer season. Temperatures during these months can be quite hot, and rain may make some roads muddy and impassable. During the rainy summer season, animals in many game areas disperse, offering a different safari experience.

The wet season, from January to March, sees the migration of large numbers of game into the summer grazing areas, while the delta comes alive with sounds of hundreds of bird species.

In March and April thousands of zebras and other animals migrate toward the Savuti area of Chobe National Park.

Content Provided by Botswana Tourism Board – North America

Published: 4 Sep 2009 | Last Updated: 7 Nov 2012
Details mentioned in this article were accurate at the time of publication

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