When To Go
Although good all year round, wildlife is best May through to October with great birding January to March. The Pans and Kalahari are excellent in February and March. Winter (June to August) has cold mornings and evenings and very pleasant temperatures during the day with little to no rain. Generally warm in other months but very hot in October. Wettest months are December through February.
Botswana has a strong conservation ethos and offers some of the continent’s most exclusive safari destinations: regarded as one of Africa’s top wildlife destinations. Great range of topography and wildlife in abundance, from the watery wilderness of the Okavango Delta to the arid desert of the Kalahari.
Okavango Delta: This vast green oasis and inland floodplain is home to a huge wildlife population. Wonderful and varied scenery best seen from the air or by mokoro (dug out canoe).
Linyanti: Different terrain to Okavango but no less rewarding as the permanent rivers and channels are a huge draw to wildlife, especially in the dry season.
Central Kalahari: Part of the enormous Kalahari Desert with epic landscapes and excellent game in the wet season, December though April. Walking with bushmen guides offers insights to an amazing culture.
Makgadikgadi and Nxai Pans: Remnants of prehistoric lakes, these salt pans fringed with grasslands attract good wildlife including large numbers of nomadic zebra herds and breeding colonies of flamingoes. Nature walks with bushmen also a great experience.
Mashatu: On confluence of rivers bordering Zimbabwe and South Africa within a diverse wilderness. Good game, fascinating history and fossil remains dating back millions of years.
Chobe: Bordering the Chobe River with prolific concentrations of animals in the dry season, especially elephant and buffalo and the attendant predators. Great viewing from land or boat.