Best Time to Visit – Mashatu GR

Anthony Ham
Expert
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.

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Wildlife viewing is good throughout the year. The semi-arid environment makes for easy viewing of animals and predators in particular. The best time is perhaps during the dry winter months from May to October when animals migrate from afar to drink at the rivers. Mind though that October gets very hot. February is a lovely time as the savannahs are covered in yellow flowers.

Best Time May to September (Winter)
High Season May to October, December to mid-January (The park doesn't get busy)
Low Season Mid-January to April and November (Few visitors)
Best Weather March to May (Less hot than mid-summer with warm nights and fresh air from the summer rains)
Worst Weather November to February (It gets very hot)

May to September Dry Season

  • Animals congregate near water, which makes them easier to find
  • Leopards are easier to spot in dry riverine bush
  • Not as hot in the middle of the day
  • Nights and early mornings are chilly
  • The sky is hazy, and the scenery is less beautiful

October to April Wet Season

  • Scenery is lush, and the skies are bright
  • There are many baby animals around
  • Elephants and elands, attracted to new vegetation, form huge herds
  • The arrival of migratory birds makes this the best time for birding
  • Wildlife viewing is not as good as in the Dry season, as animals are dispersed
  • It gets extremely hot

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Best Time to Go to Botswana by Major Park

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