Best Time to Visit – Okavango Delta

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A visit to the Okavango Delta is rewarding any time of the year, but the best time for wildlife viewing is from July to October. The wet months, from January to March, are less ideal because some areas become inaccessible. When traveling during that time, you should choose your location within the delta carefully. Due to the time it takes for the water to reach the delta, the flooding is highest in the dry months, which is ideal for mokoro (dugout canoe) trips.

Best Time July to October (Best wildlife viewing)
High Season July to October (High season rates may apply, small exclusive lodges never get busy)
Low Season November to June (Low season rates may apply)
Best Weather May to August (Less hot during the day)
Worst Weather October (It gets extremely hot)

April to October Dry Season

  • Wildlife viewing is better as the Dry season progresses
  • Water levels are highest – good for mokoro trips
  • July to October are high season months, and lodges charge higher rates
  • September and October are very hot

November to March Wet Season

  • A lot of wildlife remains in the heart of the delta, which has permanent water
  • There are plenty of baby animals, which attract predators
  • Best bird watching time as migrants are present
  • There is less wildlife in the delta
  • Water levels in the delta can drop too low for mokoro trips
  • It is very hot
  • Afternoon rainstorms can interfere with delta activities
  • Parts of the delta become inaccessible
  • Some lodges close from January to March

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