Best Time to Visit – Nkasa Rupara (Mamili)

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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Nkasa Rupara National Park (formerly Mamili NP) is a wetland reserve and the roads become virtually impassable in the wet summer months, from November to April. The best months for wildlife viewing are in the dry winter months from July to September.

Best Time July to September (The roads are less wet)
High Season July to November (The park never gets crowded)
Low Season December to June (Low season rates may apply in some lodges outside the park)
Best Weather May to August (Less hot during the day)
Worst Weather September to February (Very hot)

May to October Dry Season – Winter

  • Best time for wildlife viewing as the roads are passable and vegetation is thinner
  • Weather is warm, but not stiflingly hot (with the exception of October)
  • Even during peak tourist season, the park isn’t busy
  • Birding is better in the Wet season

November to April Wet Season – Summer

  • Birding is optimal with the arrival of migrants
  • The skies are clear and the scenery is beautiful
  • There are baby animals around
  • It seldom rains all day and when it does, it comes as a relief after the long dry winter
  • The roads get bad to impassable
  • It tends to be oppressively hot
  • Heavy vegetation makes animals difficult to spot

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