Best Time to Visit – Khaudum NP
By Anthony Ham
Anthony is a renowned Africa expert and author of many Lonely Planet guidebooks, including the 'Botswana & Namibia' guide.
Anthony is a renowned Africa expert and author of the 'Botswana & Namibia' Lonely Planet guide.
Anthony is the author of the 'Botswana & Namibia' Lonely Planet guide.
The months of June to September make up the dry winter season, and this is the best time for wildlife viewing in Khaudum. Animals congregate at receding water sources and foliage thins out in these dry conditions, which makes sightings easier. In the Dry season big herds of elephant migrate into the park from neighbouring Botswana. During the Wet season animals scatter and roads can become impassable.
May to October –Dry Season – Winter
- Foliage thins out making sightings easier as animals gather at water sources
- Big herds of elephant migrate into the park from Botswana
- The warm weather isn’t overly oppressive (except during October)
- The park never gets busy, not even during the country’s high season
- Dust fills the air and conditions are very dry
November to April –Wet Season – Summer
- Rainfall is a relief when it happens, but rains never last long
- The scenery is more attractive, there are many flowers and the sky is clear of haze
- Animals look healthy and baby animals are abundant
- Best time for birding due to the arrival of migrant species
- Animals are dispersed and wildlife viewing is less productive
- Roads can become impassable after heavy rains
- Heat can be overbearing
- If visiting both Khaudum and Etosha; wildlife viewing in Etosha isn't very productive during the Wet season
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