Botswana

Botswana in May

may weather and when to go

There is almost no rainfall throughout May and, as watering holes dry up, animals head towards more permanent sources of water. This is an ideal time to head to the Chobe River or Okavango Delta to have a better chance of seeing varied wildlife. In fact it is arguably as good as the peak season (June-August) but without the cooler temperatures. Similarly, Kwara Concession is a perfect place to look out for wild dogs who are known to hunt in large packs. So if you are lucky enough to spot them you’ll be sure to get a fantastic photo (or ten)!

Winter begins in May and sees the beginning of family safaris being offered in Botswana as temperatures are more comfortable and the rains of summer cease. 

Temperatures range from 10°C in the mornings to an agreeable 28°C during the afternoons. This may be slightly cooler in the Okavango Delta due to the plentiful water supplies bringing temperatures down.

One of the most striking birds in Botswana, the crimson-breasted shrike, can be spotted across the country but is commonly seen in the Makgadikgadi Pans and Central Kalahari regions. These can be difficult to access during the rainy season but the ground should have dried up enough by May for you to have full access to these great birding areas.

If you are looking to combine your Botswana safari with a trip to the magnificent Victoria Falls, May is the best time to visit due to the high water levels making the thunder of the falls even more significant.

Book your Botswana Safari

Contact our destination specialists to start planning your journey.

Contact Us