Best Time to Visit – Mokolodi NR

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 in Mokolodi isn’t that affected by the season and rainfall pattern, as is the case in other reserves, because it is small and contained. However, afternoon game drives may be interrupted by rain in the Wet season, from October to April, and during these months, a 4x4 will be necessary for self-drive visitors. The reserve sometimes closes from December to March.

Best Time May to September (Dry season)
High Season Never (The reserve isn't influenced by the usual tourist seasons)
Low Season Never (The reserve isn't influenced by the usual tourist seasons)
Best Weather April-May and September-October (Mild weather and little rainfall)
Worst Weather May to August (Chilly mornings and nights) and December to February (Hot with afternoon rain)

May to September Dry Season

  • Very dry and usually sunny
  • Less hot in the middle of the day
  • Roads are in good condition
  • Vegetation is thinner, which makes wildlife sightings easier
  • Warm clothing is essential for morning activities
  • The sky can be hazy with a lot of dust in the air

October to April Wet Season

  • Lush landscapes and scenery
  • A chance to see newborn animals
  • Migrating bird species are present, a highlight for birders
  • Wildlife viewing is only marginally less good than in the Dry season
  • The park can get busy during the December school holidays
  • The heat can become unbearable
  • Afternoon rain can restrict game drives
  • The roads might get bad, and a 4x4 is essential if self-driving

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