Best Time to Visit – Central Kalahari GR

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Central Kalahari can be visited throughout the year. The park is seasonal, and wildlife migrates through the park with the seasons. The best time for wildlife viewing is during the wet months, from December to March, when animals congregate around the pans in the Deception Valley area. However, at this time, roads can get very muddy, and some roads might become off limits. In April and May, there are still a lot of animals around, but the roads tend to be in better condition.

Best Time December to March (Best wildlife viewing in Deception Valley)
High Season July to October (The park never gets crowded, but high season rates may apply in lodges)
Low Season November to June (Low season rates may apply)
Best Weather May to August (Less hot during the day with dry conditions)
Worst Weather January (It is hot, and it can be rainy)

April to October Dry Season

  • April and May, in particular, are good wildlife viewing months
  • The roads are in a decent condition
  • It is cooler in the middle of the day from April to August
  • July to October is high season, and some lodges might charge high season rates
  • It gets very dry and dusty

November to March Wet Season

  • The pans in Deception Valley fill up, and animals congregate to drink
  • There are many baby animals, which attract predators
  • This is the best birding time as migrants are present
  • It is very hot
  • Roads become very muddy and sometimes impassable
  • Afternoon thundershowers can interfere with activities

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