Of all the safari destinations across Africa, Botswana is one of my favorites. Why; All the chances to see some of the most impressive animals! Known for its wildlife, planning your trip around the weather and how it affects the earth is key.
The country has two main seasons: the dry season and the rainy season.
Knowing when they are and how they affect local flora and fauna is vital. Whether you want to spot wild cigarettes and elephants or want to get a mokoro (traditional canoe) around the shallow waters of the Okavango Delta …
I break the best times to travel to Botswana!
Don't miss the 10 day trip to Botswana!
From September to November
Botswana's spring season is September through late November and is considered the country's shoulder season. During these months, temperatures rise and the earth peels off.
Daytime activities are best avoided as temps can reach over 40 C (or 104 F)! Migratory birds are active in the later part of the season and their arrival often coincides with the early rains.
Don't let the heat deter you though, as there are some exciting events taking place from September to December!
On September 30, locals celebrate Botswana Day, a day that serves as a reminder of the country 's progress since declaring independence from Britain in 1966. Expect to see street events, parades and locals.
Cruise on the Okavango River
Come December, the rain officially begins, signaling the beginning of summer.
Unfortunately, the weather can be a bit unpredictable in the summer months. Not only is it extremely hot, but there is also the possibility that the rain is not coming at all.
However, if the rain comes, the African landscape is completely transformed. The flowers begin to bloom and the land that was once brown and dry is covered with lush vegetation. This, of course, pulls the animals in and you'll probably see zebras, warthogs and impalas everywhere you turn.
Green is the best time to visit Botswana.
Although some camps are closed for the rainy months, others remain open and offer discounted rates to attract out-of-season visitors. The rain is usually not constant and the days are often sunny with brief rain in the afternoon, so if you are willing to face some rain, humidity and mosquitoes, this is one of the best times to visit.
A few celebrations take place in the summer months too! In February, the country celebrates World Wetlands Day, which focuses on the environment and conservation. In March at Gaborone, the Maitisong Festival lasts nine days and includes traditional dance, music and theater.
April to September
Finally, from April to September is the dry season.
All the floodwaters from the rain have reached the delta, attracting thousands of animals. You will be able to see large herds of elephants, buffalos and antelopes, along with predators that grab them.
This dry season also means fewer mosquitoes and annoying insects, so you won't need to spend your holidays covered in calamine lotion!
Temperatures average around 75 degrees during the day and can reach as high as 35 degrees during the rocks, so it's wise to lay down the layers, especially if you are planning to go safari at night,
If you're interested in learning more about Botswana's fascinating history and culture, visit April and attend the Maun Festival, a two-day celebration featuring music, dance and poetry.
Regardless of the time of year, wildlife and scenery in Botswana will throw you out of the water. In terms of weather, October and November can be quite hot, with January and February being the peak times of the wet season.
If you want an unrivaled view of games, plan your trip during the dry season (April to September). If you're a bird lover, visit Botswana between December and March and try the beautiful Emerald Country!
Have you ever been to Botswana or are planning a future trip? Let us know in the comments below!