What's the Weather Like?
Botswana's seasons can generally be classified as either dry summer, wet
summer or dry winter, but for most of the year, it is generally hot and sunny.
Although the seasons, landscape, flora and fauna change throughout the year,
you will always find something spectacular during your visit to
Moremi Game Reserve, no matter
what time of the year it is. With a
change in the seasons also follows a change in the range and availability of the
activities that you can take part in during your stay.
The Overall Best Time to Visit Moremi
Generally, the best time to visit is during
the cool dry season of May to August, when daytime temperatures are usually
below 30°C (86°F), but it does get cold after dark, sometimes very close to
freezing - not too hot and not too cold. This is the winter season, and the seasonal flooding
happens when the water from Angola reaches the
Okavango Delta between March and June,
peaking in July. During this time, the plains game migrates from dry outer
lands towards higher ground - areas such as Chief's Island and the tongue
region. This is also the best time for boat cruises and mokoro (canoe) trips as
more channels open up from the rise in water levels. However, game drives will
become more confined, particularly within the wet regions of the delta.
When is There Lots of Animals?
The hot and dry months of September to November are still great for game
viewing as the animals still prefer the inner delta because it is where they get
water. At this time, there are huge concentrations of wildlife, particularly
in the Moremi Game Reserve. However, this is the hottest part of the year after
the winter and before the rains, which slowly start in November. The skies get
hazy from the dust, and the predator action gets more intense. Makoro and boat
cruises may become shorter or fewer, but game drives will definitely be unforgettable.
Best Time for Birding and Photography?
The wet season begins in November, although the days are generally still hot
and nights are only slightly cooler. Rain comes in the form of dramatic
afternoon thunderstorms which give way to clear blue skies. You can expect high
humidity during this season - between 50 and 80%. For birding, this is the
best time of the year to be in the Okavango Delta. The migrant species
arrive and breed in the delta. This is also the time when the animals drop their
young, and the landscape changes from dry and flooded to lush green, thick and
colourful as the flowers are in bloom.
When Does It Start Drying Up?
The temperatures start to get more comfortable in March to around May when
the land gets drier and nights get cooler (though not as cold as in the winter
months). In March, the rains start to decrease, April has much fewer rain days
and daily temperatures range from about 12°C and 28°C, and May is the start of
the dry season where temperatures (especially night time) really start to drop.