Botswana Facts & Info


What you need to know about a Botswana safari


The textbook post-colonial African success story, Botswana benefited from a rich natural resource base, efficient government and an extremely low population density. In contrast to some of its regional neighbours, Botswana continues to enjoy more than five decades of uninterrupted peace, sustained economic growth and progressive environmental conservation.

The country is one of the world's largest diamond producers, with annual revenue streams in the tens of billions of dollars. Mining has facilitated a modern infrastructure, including a paved highway across the vast swathe of The Kalahari.

Wherever you go in Botswana, it's the limitless space that makes the strongest impression. With a population density of approximately three people per square kilometre, Botswana is defined by natural spectacles. Along the legendary riverfront of Chobe National Park, some of Africa's largest elephant herds roam unhindered alongside rare species of antelope.

We have split Botswana up into four main tourism hubs - the Okavango Delta, the Chobe, the Makgadikgadi Pans and The Kalahari.

The Moremi Game Reserve attracts seasonal migrations of herd mammals and the crafty felines that prey on them. The Okavango Delta, in which the reserve sits, is an attraction in itself, an oasis of life amidst parched plains and shifting sands.

The Central Kalahari Game Reserve meanwhile is one of the world's largest game reserves and protects the endangered African Wild Dogs. The Kalahari is a varied landscape of sandy plateaus, rocky outcrops and bushy trees, not to mention a healthy assortment of wildlife.

The whole of Botswana is a malaria area and you will need to take appropriate precautions while visiting this amazing country.


When To Visit & Book Botswana

JANUARY

(Green Season)

Height of rainy season; hot and humid with thunderstorms. Low water in the Delta. Considered the poorest time for game viewing but best for birding. Amazing great green season specials available

Any time except around New Years

FEBRUARY

(Green Season )

Height of rainy season; hot and humid with thunderstorms. Low water in the Delta. Not great for game viewing but best for birding. Amazing green season specials available

Any time

MARCH   

(Green Season) 

Game viewing better as the rains ease and animals return to more accessible dry season areas. Vegetation is  thick and temperatures are hot though not as bad as earlier in the year. Lots of bodies of water  everywhere although delta not in flood yet. March and April have highest malaria risk

Any time

 

APRIL 

(Shoulder Season)

End of rainy season. April and May are the best months to visit Botswana as rates are still lower and there are fewer visitors than peak season. Most days are warm and nights cool as the rain disappears for the next four months. Landscape still green but seasonal waterholes are rapidly drying up and animals are arriving at permanent water sources like the Chobe River, Okavango Delta and Moremi Game Reserve. The game viewing is often as good as prime time.

3 – 6 Months in advance (Easter period busy 08 – 12 months in advance)

MAY 

(Shoulder Season)

Same as above. Water reaches the panhandle of the Okavango Delta and starts flooding. Game viewing is at its peak

3 – 6 Months in advance 

JUNE 

(High Season)

Okavango in full flood. Warm days and cold nights. Night time temperatures can dip below freezing. No rain and very few mosquitoes. Game viewing in most areas is excellent

8 – 10 Months in advance

JULY 

(High Season) 

Same as above 8 – 10 Months in advance

AUGUST 

(High Season)

Temperatures rise as do visitor numbers. Peak game viewing season. Vegetation thinner and less lush for better viewing. Big herds of antelope, elephants and buffalo begin to crowd the banks of rivers and permanent waterholes. Land-only camps and Okavango Delta camps on the dry-land fringes such as Moremi and adjoining private reserves are very good for game viewing. 

8 – 10 Months in advance

SEPTEMBER

(High Season) 

End of Botswana's cool dry winter. September and October deliver some of the hottest weather of the year. It's classic dry season: baked and leaf-stripped landscapes; hot days. Food and water becomes harder to find so animals concentrate around watering holes and along rivers. Game viewing is excellent. Best time to visit Chobe (massive herds along the river) and Linyanti, Kwando and Selinda reserves

8 – 10 Months in advance

OCTOBER

(High Season)

As above. Migratory birds start arriving 8 – 10 Months in advance

 NOVEMBER

(Start of Green Season) 

Unpredictable month. Could be wet or dry, depending on the timing of the rains but it will be hot. A dry November makes for excellent waterhole game viewing. If there is early rain, many animals disappear en masse into the back country. Game viewing still good but concentrations of animals may be lower. Green season specials start

3 – 6 Months in advance

DECEMBER

(Green Season  except 20 Dec – 10 Jan)

Summer time and raining season starts in earnest. Botswana turns green and impalas and springboks all drop their lambs. Lots of baby animals around. Best month for bird watching. Spectacular thunder storms. Prettiest time to be there but not necessarily the best for game viewing Anytime until 20 December. 20 Dec – 10 Jan: 8 – 12 months in advance

For more information about Botswana and planning your trip to this part of Africa, feel free to chat to one of our consultants.

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