the best time to go to botswana
As Botswana lies south of the equator its seasons are opposite to that in the northern hemisphere, however, this works out well for us as the ideal time to safari in Botswana is their winter, running from April to October, with drier days and clear skies.
‘Pulu’ is the Setswana word for rain and this influences much of the locals’ way of life. They depend on this to grow their crops and for the animals and people to survive. Therefore, although we may look at the rainy season unfavourably, it is vital to Botswana’s communities.
In summary, the best time to go to Botswana is:
- May to September is the most popular time to visit, with clear days and cooler temperatures. This is the best time to for game drives giving you high chances of seeing some of the big five and some beautiful birdlife.
- October and April are shoulder seasons between summer and winter and therefore are still likely to have fairly dry, bright days.
BOTSWANA IS CHARACTERISED BY ITS HOT AND DRY CLIMATE INTERSPERSED WITH UNPREDICTABLE RAINY MONTHS THROUGHOUT THE SUMMER.