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When’s the best time to visit Chobe?

Except from the Serondela area of Chobe (along the riverfront where you can enjoy boat trips), the majority of game viewing is done by vehicle and sometimes on foot.

From December to March, this area can get pretty sticky in the wet. This particularly applies to the Savute and Linyanti areas. Because of this and the dispersal of wildlife, many tented camps won’t operate. Other permanent camps and lodges stay open but operate on lower green season rates. This can be a good time to visit as Botswana is not cheap and good deals can be had, but the compromise is that your choice of accommodation will be limited and it is not the best time of year to see most wildlife.

During April and May and half of June, the bush remains lush but the weather is dry and bright and water starts to dry up. It’s still pretty green and the vegetation is beautiful as are the birds. This is shoulder season and is a nice time to travel, especially for those not in too much of a rush to tick off the big game, but just to enjoy being in the bush. Shoulder season also applies to some camps in November and discounted rates can be had. It’s a good time of year throughout Chobe.

July to October is peak season as the bush thins and animals concentrate around permanent water sources. This makes Serondela, Linyanti and the Savute marsh particular hotspots and the centre of your wildlife activity. Prices are at their highest and everywhere is in demand so plan early.

Posted by: Alex

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