Best Time to Visit – Botswana

Anthony Ham
Expert
By Anthony Ham

Anthony is a renowned Africa expert and author of many Lonely Planet guidebooks, including the guide to Botswana.

Anthony is a renowned Africa expert and author of the Lonely Planet guide to Botswana.

Anthony is the author of the Lonely Planet guide to Botswana.

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The Okavango Delta, Moremi and Chobe are Botswana's most popular parks. The best time to visit them is from May to September, during the Dry season and winter, resulting in more moderate temperatures. In addition, the Okavango is flooded from June to October. Wildlife viewing is good year-round, but this can differ for some parks. See below to learn when to visit which park.

Best Time June to September (Okavango, Moremi, Chobe) March to May (Other, drier parks)
High Season July to October (Will not feel too crowded, except for Chobe)
Low Season December to April (Some lodges and camps close down)
Best Weather April and May (Moderate temperatures, little to no rainfall, and few clouds)
Worst Weather October and November (Very hot) January and February (Peak of Wet season)

May to October Dry Season – Winter

  • Less vegetation and animals concentrate around waterholes and rivers, making wildlife easier to spot
  • The skies are clear, rain is rare, and there are fewer mosquitoes
  • Even though most tourists visit during the Dry season, the parks still feel uncrowded, except for the bustling Chobe riverfront area
  • It gets cold at night and in the mornings – pack warm clothing during June, July and August for morning game drives

November to April Wet Season – Summer

  • The scenery is greener, and there are lower rates during this season
  • Although wildlife is easier to spot in the Dry season, you'll still see plenty, including newborn animals and migratory birds
  • Except for January and February, rains are mostly short afternoon showers and seldom have a negative impact on your trip
  • During January and February the rains can be continuous for days
  • It gets very hot in October and November
  • Some lodges and camps close down during part of the Wet season

Wildlife Photos

Best Time to Go to Botswana by Major Park

Moremi, Okavango and Chobe are most popular and offer year-round wildlife viewing. They are at their best during the Dry season when wildlife is easier to spot, and the Okavango is flooded. The other, drier parks are best to visit during, or just after, the Wet season when fresh grasses attract wildlife.

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