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When is the best time to visit Botswana?

Read our advice on the best time to visit Botswana for a family safari holiday

Botswana is the envy of most safari countries

Botswana offers incredible safari all here round. The winter months, from June to October are the best for game viewing and mokoro excursions on the flooded Okavango Delta. The wetter summer, from November to May, sees the game move into the Central Kalahari Game Reserve and the Makgadikgadi Pans, and the arrival of thousands of migratory birds.

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June - October

The height of game-viewing

The dry season in Botswana means you can enjoy warm, sunny days and clear skies. And the sparsity of rain means that wildlife is easier to spot, as they gather around the remaining water sources, such as the Okavango Delta, the Chobe River and the Savute Channel. You can witness large herds of elephants, buffaloes, zebras and antelopes, as well as predators like lions, leopards and African wild dogs.

This is also the time when the Okavango Delta is at its most spectacular, as it fills up with water from the annual floods. The delta becomes a lush oasis of islands, channels and lagoons, where you can explore by mokoro, boat or helicopter. The delta is home to a rich variety of birds and animals, such as hippos, crocodiles, giraffes and rare Sitatunga antelopes.

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April, May and November
The Shoulder Season

The transitional period between the dry and wet seasons means you can enjoy lower prices, fewer crowds and more availability at some of the best lodges and camps in the country.

The changing weather creates some interesting and dramatic scenes. In April and May you can witness the autumn colours of the trees and grasses, as well as the migration of zebras and wildebeests from the wetlands to the drylands.

In November and December, you can experience the first rains of the season, which trigger a transformation of the landscape, as it becomes greener and more fertile.

As always, Botswana still boasts good wildlife viewing, as the animals are still concentrated around water sources, but are more active due to the cooler temperatures and new vegetation.

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December - March

The summer rains

The wet season transforms Botswana from semi-arid plains to a lush landscape with colourful flowers and green vegetation.

The best time to visit for twitchers as as many migratory birds arrive in Botswana to escape the winter in the north. You can see a variety of birds, such as flamingos, storks, cranes, eagles and kingfishers, as well as some rare and endemic species, such as the slaty egret and the wattled crane.

You can also witness some spectacular breeding colonies of birds, such as herons and pelicans, in places like the Okavango Delta and the Makgadikgadi Pans.

The green season is perfect for the budget conscious as lodges drop their prices and crowds stay away meaning greater booking flexibility.

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