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 best during the dry, winter months from May to September when animals come to drink at the rivers. The area is semi-arid, which makes animals migrate from afar for water. The vegetation is thinner in the Dry season as well, making predator spotting easier. Mashatu is a place where tracking is an important part of finding animals. The guides drive sturdy 4x4’s in and out of riverbeds following predator footprints.

Best Time May to September (Winter)
High Season July to December (High season rates apply, but the park never gets busy)
Low Season January to June (Low season rates apply)
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
  • 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
  • Baby animals may be sighted
  • 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

Wildlife Photos

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