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When is the best time to visit Botswana?

Botswana has two distinct seasons - the dry winter season and the summer wet season - with each season offering different treasures. The best time to travel to Botswana will largely depend on your personal interests and travel style.

Dry Season in Botswana (May to October)

The dry season is the high season in Botswana, with tourist numbers reaching their peak between July and October. National parks and accommodation fills up fast, however it’s peak season for a reason - this is the best time for big game viewing in Botswana.

The rains have disappeared, leaving a dusty, dry landscape with thinning vegetation and scarce water sources. This forces the animals to congregate around the few remaining waterholes, making for excellent wildlife viewing and the chance to witness thrilling predator action.

The skies are clear and daytime temperatures are pleasant, although it can get very cold at night, so you’ll need to pack warm layers for nights around the campfire and early morning game drives.

Despite the lack of rain in Botswana, the dry season is also when the waterways fill up in the Okavango Delta, as water flows in from the central uplands of Angola. You can take a mokoro safari along the iconic water channels, spotting animals in the water and soaking up the stunning landscapes.

Wet Season in Botswana (November to April)

Although the wet season brings frequent downpours and some muddy, impassable roads, the rainy season shouldn’t be dismissed too quickly.

Known as the ‘green season’, the landscapes are illuminated in beautiful, fresh greenery, perfect for photography safaris. It’s the best time to see huge flocks of migratory birds arriving and resident birds showing off their colourful breeding plumage.

It’s also a great time to see newborn animals exploring the plains, and stronger animals interacting with their habitat. However, it will be more difficult to see wildlife as they move away from the watering holes into the thick vegetation. Patience is needed to track animals in the wet season, but a glimpse of them is worth the wait.

Botswana’s rains usually last between December and March, and you'll likely experience a daily afternoon thunderstorm lasting about 30 to 60 minutes. Temperatures are quite hot and the sun always comes out between the showers.

Some regions of Botswana are more affected by rainfall than others, so you'll need to carefully select the areas which are more likely to have good wildlife viewing despite the rains. Our expert Wayfairer team can advise you on the best camps and areas to visit during Botswana's wet season.

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