Botswana, a landlocked country in Southern Africa, is defined by the distinctive geography of the famous Kalahari Desert and the Okavango Delta, both of which create unique habitats for a vast array of wildlife. The Kalahari desert extends over 360,000 square miles into Namibia and South Africa, and its unique wildlife, which include meerkats, gemsbok, and the Kalahari lion, have adapted to the extremely hot temperatures and dry conditions. Meanwhile, the Okavango Delta is a vast river delta in northern Botswana whose seasonal flooding creates a lush animal habitat. The Moremi Game Reserve, which is located in this delta, allows travelers to use dugout canoes to paddle past crocodiles, hippos, and elephants. Meanwhile, land animals like lions, giraffes, and leopards are accessible via game drives. The vast number of wildlife species that inhabit this beautiful country provide an excellent opportunity for travelers to spot a variety of spectacular animals on their safari excursions. Keep reading below to find out the very best times to travel to Botswana to see these highly sought-after animals!
November-February: Best Baby-Sighting
Although November-February can see incredibly hot temperatures and lots of rain, they are also the time of year that numerous animals have their young, creating a special experience for tourists. These months are crocodile nesting season, meaning crocodiles will be more visible during this time as they make their way onto the sandy shores of the river banks to protect their nests. Flamingos and ostriches also nest during this season, and beautiful male birds are on full display trying to attract a mate! Of course, as more and more animal babies begin to appear, so do the predators; this dynamic can create some exciting moments for travelers as they watch the hunters attempt to catch their dinner!
April-May: Best Weather
As the wet month of March turns to April and May, the rains slow and dry season begins. Large herds of grazers return to protected areas of Botswana to enjoy the lush vegetation that profited from the rain. It’s a great time to see big herds of wildebeests, zebras, giraffes, and gazelles! With lower shoulder rates, moderate temperatures, and clear skies, April and May provide beautiful, clear weather and great wildlife viewing.
June-October: Best Overall Wildlife Sightings
As the weather gets dryer and warmer and the vegetation dries up, animals begin to concentrate around rivers and water holes, making them easier to spot. Big herds of elephants and buffalo gather to congregate around these watering holes, and leopards are more easily spotted in the twilight hours before the heat reaches its peak in October. Storks, egrets, and herons are especially visible as they take advantage of the dwindling fish populations. If you’re looking to see the most animals possible during your safari experience, June-October is the best time to travel to Botswana!
The country of Botswana has endless adventures to offer. Its amazing wildlife, stunning geography, and incredible safari experiences will take your breath away! What time is right for you to travel to Botswana? Comment below and let us know when you want to come on a safari excursion with us!
Written by Grace Klopp, connect with her on Instagram