Visiting Botswana out of high season

During the summer (traditionally safari low season), the rains fall, the grass grows lush and high and water is plentiful which means that the game is dispersed and tricky to spot amongst the vegetation. There is still the prospect of seeing wildlife, though, and some areas are better than others at this time of year.

The green season is scenically very beautiful as everything bursts into life. Between November and March, the Delta comes alive with migratory birds and so this is one of the best times to visit if you are an avid twitcher. For the botanists or those that simple love trees and flowers, December to May is when most plants flower and the bush is lush and green. You will need to prepare yourself for the prospect of a proper African downpour, though, and some areas will be off-limits as the roads can be pretty sticky. Temperatures can rise to 40°C during the day and remain at 25°C at night.

As with any destination, the best times of year command peak prices. It is possible to get a bargain if you are prepared to travel outside of these times and maybe risk the odd shower or the chance that you may not see wildlife-on-a-plate. Some camps do close during this period so not everywhere will be available.  The up-side is that you will probably have the place to yourself.

If you have a particular question about the best time of year, don’t hesitate to give us a call.

Posted by: Alex

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