Best Time to Visit – Nxai Pan NP

Anthony Ham
Expert
By Anthony Ham

Anthony is a renowned Africa expert and author of many Lonely Planet guidebooks, including the guide to Botswana.

Anthony is a renowned Africa expert and author of the Lonely Planet guide to Botswana.

Anthony is the author of the Lonely Planet guide to Botswana.

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Nxai Pan can be visited year-round. It’s a seasonal park and wildlife migrates to the park in the wet, summer months – but the exact timing is erratic and depends on rainfall. Little wildlife is left in the dry months, from June to September.

Best Time December to March (Best wildlife viewing)
High Season December to May (High season rates apply in the lodge, but the park never gets busy)
Low Season June to November (Low season rates apply in the lodges)
Best Weather May to August (Less hot during the day and dry conditions)
Worst Weather January to March (It is hot, and it can rain a lot)

April to October Dry Season

  • The roads are in good condition, so driving is easier in the park
  • It is cooler in the middle of the day, from April to August
  • Low season rates apply from June to November
  • There is almost no rain, and it is always sunny
  • There is very little wildlife around
  • It gets very dry and dusty

November to March Wet Season

  • Many animals migrate to the pans, including large herds of zebra and wildebeest
  • A lot of the herbivores give birth to their young
  • Predators are numerous
  • Best time for birding with migrants around
  • It is green, and there are many flowers
  • It is very hot
  • Roads become boggy
  • Afternoon showers will sometimes interfere with your plans

Wildlife Photos

Best Time to Go to Botswana by Major Park

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  • JanJ
    FebF
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    AprA
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    JunJ
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    AugA
    SepS
    OctO
    NovN
    DecD
  • JanJ
    FebF
    MarM
    AprA
    MayM
    JunJ
    JulJ
    AugA
    SepS
    OctO
    NovN
    DecD
  • JanJ
    FebF
    MarM
    AprA
    MayM
    JunJ
    JulJ
    AugA
    SepS
    OctO
    NovN
    DecD
  • JanJ
    FebF
    MarM
    AprA
    MayM
    JunJ
    JulJ
    AugA
    SepS
    OctO
    NovN
    DecD
  • JanJ
    FebF
    MarM
    AprA
    MayM
    JunJ
    JulJ
    AugA
    SepS
    OctO
    NovN
    DecD
  • Nxai Pan National Park
    JanJ
    FebF
    MarM
    AprA
    MayM
    JunJ
    JulJ
    AugA
    SepS
    OctO
    NovN
    DecD
  • JanJ
    FebF
    MarM
    AprA
    MayM
    JunJ
    JulJ
    AugA
    SepS
    OctO
    NovN
    DecD

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