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Botswana Seasons & Climate

The best season for travel to Botswana, when it is most comfortable and dry, is during the Southern African winter May-October. The water levels in the Okavango Delta are at their highest from May to September as game is concentrated on islands creating excellent wildlife viewing opportunities. In the dry habitats of Chobe and Linyanti to the north, animals congregate around limited water supplies. Early morning and evening game drives in open vehicles can be quite cool from May-July. We recommend bringing a warm jacket and hat on safari year round. Many of the camps are closed from December to March when temperatures reach 100°F and rainfall can limit travel. However, some camps offer splendid bird watching opportunities and lush green landscapes bursting with color at this time. Larger game species are still present in most areas but are more dispersed.