The best time to travel to Botswana will depend on your preferred safari activities or special interests. The country is regarded as a destination that can be visited throughout the year, with three main seasons characterised by distinct weather patterns.
- Green Season: November to March
- Shoulder Season: April to May
- Dry Season (Peak): June to October
Green Season in Bostwana
The green safari season in Botswana, which is the summer season, stretches from November to March, with hot and humid weather as well as countless thunderstorms at the order of the day. These thunderstorms are not just a spectacular Botswana experience but are life-giving and transform the dry landscape into a green oasis, teeming with new life.
For avid birders, there is no better time to travel than during the Botswana green season. Birders will delight in the myriad of breeding pairs and migratory species seeking these greener pastures. If you have always wanted to glide through the Botswana delta waterways in a Mokoro, the best time to book your Botswana safari is during the green season in Botswana.
Shoulder Season in Botswana
Opt for a mid-season break to Botswana between April and May if you prefer milder daytime and cooler nighttime temperatures. During autumn, the rains have largely dissipated, driving the wildlife to other water sources and making game viewing an adventurous affair.
Dry Season in Botswana
For the ultimate wildlife experience, schedule your Botswana holiday safari for the dry season between June and October. The Botswana bush has thinned out extensively, making for exceptional game viewing and easy spotting of iconic species like elephants, buffalo and also predators like lions and wild dogs. The impressive Okavango River is in full flood and animals congregate in great numbers, a photographers dream on a Botswana safari holiday of a lifetime
Discover an array of wildlife with our Botswana Sensations Safari that includes game drives, guided Botswana safari walks in diverse regions like Makgadikgadi Pans, Moremi Game Reserve and Chobe National Park, and mokoro excursions in the waters of the famed Okavango Delta. Combine the rich and varied landscapes and wildlife of Moremi Game Reserve and Hwange National Park on your Botswana Safari Escape, including the mighty Victoria Falls.
Get the best of both worlds and expand your Botswana holiday to include the astonishing wildlife wonderland of Hwange National Park in Zimbabwe with the 6-day Chobe & Hwange Hideaway. Experience the beauty of the bush on foot, on 4 wheels, or from a different viewpoint on water.