Botswana

Botswana in February

february weather and when to go

February continues the peak rainy season, with heavy and sometimes long showers, making it a less favourable time of year to visit Botswana. You may still be lucky enough to see some of the herbivores give birth during this time as the season generally lies between December and March, but this is not guaranteed.  

Rains can perpetuate whole days in February which is unlike other months in Botswana, so if you are able to travel at another time of year this may be preferable.

Wattled cranes have their biggest stronghold in the Okavango Delta and African skimmers are often seen swooping down to catch their prey, which can be a fantastic sight for avid birdwatchers and photographers.

With rains comes lush landscapes and often a great variety of birdlife. 

Hot and humid days often make way for thunderstorms throughout the month which creates moody, cloudy backdrops for landscape photography but does make driving conditions more difficult. Depending on the severity of the downpours, dense areas of water may flood during February making some routes inaccessible.

One of the main reasons people choose to visit Botswana in February is the zebra migration. This sees hundreds of Burchell’s zebra making their way from the Boteti River (south of the Okavango Delta) and arriving in to the Makgadikgadi and Nxai Pans. If you are a fan of zebra this can be a sight to rival the great wildebeest migration of the Serengeti and Masai Mara. The pans have been transformed from arid to shallow streams and the big predators follow their prey down to the Kalahari. You can also visit in March to see the zebra in the pans.

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