elephants walking in the river on a classic explorer safari in the okavango delta

Seasonal highlights of Botswana

The ideal time to travel on a Botswana Mobile Camping Expedition

The ideal time to travel on a Botswana Mobile Camping Expedition

Botswana’s ‘two seasons’

As a large country – roughly the size of France – Botswana has a great variation in climate which has been divided into the two broad categories of a dry and wet season.

Perfect for families and small groups of up to 6, our Botswana Mobile Camping Expeditions are a totally personalised experience that is the quintessential African safari, showcasing the very best of Botswana’s untamed wilderness in vibrant detail. These set departure itineraries showcase all of Botswana’s iconic destination including Chobe National Park, Savute, Okavango Delta, Moremi Game Reserve and Nxai Pans. They are tailored to best experience the highlights of both seasons, wet or dry.

The following seasonal highlights are a guideline only. They’re subject to a host of unpredictable natural factors. The magic of Botswana’s wilderness spaces lies in their very unpredictability.

Leopard Wildlife in Moremi Botswana
© - Peter Allinson

Dry season - April to October

In April, temperatures begin to fall, heralding the start of the dry season, which is defined by little to no rain and sunshine-filled days. As the season progresses, the undergrowth thins, water-resources shrink and game are drawn to the remaining water points.

While this is the dry season climatically, it is actually the flood season for the Okavango Delta as the water which fills this impressive wetland takes some months to filter southwards from the Angolan highlands.

During this season you can expect:

  • Wildlife viewing to be its sensational best in Chobe National Park, Savute and Moremi Game Reserve
  • To get close to large herds of elephants and buffalo on a boat trip on the Chobe River
  • Wonderful sightings of the lion prides of the Savute Marsh region
  • Incredible game viewing, with strong predator populations in Moremi’s secluded forest area
  • Animals congregating around the open floodplains and water channels
  • Mokoro excursions which provide a unique window on the Delta’s waterworld

We recommend

Stay at your choice of two Superior Expeditions; both include 2 nights at our award-winning &Beyond Xudum Okavango Delta Lodge.

The Superior Explorer Expedition was designed for those looking for a full Botswana wilderness adventure, whereas the Superior Delta Expedition focuses on the Okavango Delta and is ideal for those with limited travel time.

Wet season - November to March

As the rains begin, so the grasslands grow denser. While a lot of wildlife remains in the heart of the Delta, the animals begin to explore wider areas as water sources aren’t as scarce. Game viewing in the Delta, at this time of the year, promises to astound!

One of the major attractions of the wet season is the annual zebra migration into the Nxai Pan region, which also attracts a large number of predators.

During this season you can expect:

  • Close-up views large herds of elephants and buffalo on a boat trip on the Chobe River
  • Sightings of the Savute Marsh’s elephant-hunting lion prides
  • Close-up views of Bushmen rock paintings in Savute’s Gubatsaa Hills
  • Incredible game viewing, with strong predator populations in Moremi’s secluded forest area
  • To witness the breeding season which attracts various predators
  • Delta birdwatching is at its best, with migrants from Europe, Asia and other African regions present

We recommend

Our Highlights Expeditions both include time at the Nxai Pan National Park where the annual zebra migration can be witnessed. The drawcard of Nxai Pan is the waterhole in the midst of a large grassy plain, which makes for wonderful sightings.

The Botswana Highlights Expedition focuses on Botswana’s most prized and diverse regions, whereas our Scenic Highlights Expedition combines only the Okavango and Nxai Pan, aimed at those with limited travel time.

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