Widely-regarded as one of Africa’s premier safari destinations, Botswana is a wildlife enthusiasts’ haven offering some of the best game viewing on the Continent. One of the key aspects that really sets Botswana apart is the diversity of experience on offer, in large part because of the unique environments that there are to explore, with the <a style="color: #f2b618;" href="https://www.imaginetravel.com/imagine-africa/holiday-destination/botswana/places/okavango-delta-and-moremi" target="_blank">Okavango Delta</a> being one of the most impressive wildlife habitats in the world which can be explored by a variety of methods – whether on foot, by vehicle or on a boat cruise and the - recently becoming UNESCO’s 1000th World Heritage Site – whilst <a style="color: #f2b618;" href="https://www.imaginetravel.com/imagine-africa/holiday-destination/botswana/places/makgadikgadi" target="_blank">Makgadikgadi</a> offers a truly unique landscape as the largest salt pan in the world, with game viewing to match.
Botswana has long held the crown of being Africa’s premier safari destination and attracts many with the diversity of safari activities on offer, with traditional mokoro canoes used as well as vehicles for wildlife viewing. Here our Botswana specialist Emma shows why getting out on foot is one of the most exciting ways to experience the Okavango Delta.
Walk, drive, boat or fly through these diverse ecosystems for luxury camps and the best wildlife spots in Africa.
Impressive elephant and bird populations surround Africa’s fourth-longest river, visited by the entire food chain.
When to go to Botswana
Botswana's climatic pattern is typical of southern Africa, although its rainfall is less than countries further east.
The Dry Season - April to October
This is the best time to see game as animals congregate around permanent water sources and the foliage is sparse. Only permanent rivers flow in this season and central areas of the parks dry out. There is always some water in the Okavango Delta, but by October the channels are narrow and the floodplains are mossy green but dry. With the oncoming threat of rain, the air becomes hot and the temperatures head into the high 30's°C.
The Rainy Season - November to March
Botswana has one rainy season which runs between November and runs through to March. The weather is hot and humid. Some roads become impassable due to the sticky mud, some camps may close for a few months. The rainy season attracts a huge influx of birds, such as Flamingo that feed in the algae rich pans and raise their chicks. Many grazing animals give birth at this time, as the landscape is lush and there is an abundance of food.