What is the Climate Like?
Botswana's climate is generally sunny and hot, but in the dry winter months,
it is much more comfortable and it is when larger concentrations of game are
seen as they search for water sources.
Overall Best Time to Visit Okavango
Although it really is a year-round safari area, the best time to visit
the Okavango Delta is during the cool dry season of May to August. Seasonal flooding
happens when the water from Angola reaches the delta between March and June,
peaking in July. During this time, the
plains game migrate from the dry outer areas to the delta in search of water. Daytime
temperatures are usually below 30°C (86°F), but it does get cold after
dark, sometimes very close to freezing. This is also the best time for boat
cruises and makoro (canoe) trips.
When Is It Hottest?
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
water. At this time, there are huge concentrations of wildlife, particularly
around the Moremi Game Reserve.
When Does it Rain?
The months of November to February are the wet and hot season where it
is hot during the day with temperatures reaching 35°C (95°F), and
sometimes even 40°C (104°F). Rain
comes in the form of afternoon thunderstorms, and the nights are generally warm.
The humidity levels fluctuate between 50 and 80%. These summer months
are the best time for birding, when the migrant species arrive, many of which
breed within the Okavango Delta. The scenery is beautiful as the plants are in
bloom and the plains game drop their young.
The Comfortable Months
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