Botswana

Botswana in October

october weather and when to go

October is the beginning of the transitional season with notably high temperatures. This generally sits at around 34°C but can surge to 44°C+ making it too hot for some. Humidity varies greatly in winter but is usually at a pleasant level throughout October as spring unfolds. 

For more moderate temperatures in October head to the Okavango Delta. The climate is tempered by the plentiful water yet still remains warm. Spring in the Okavango gives you the opportunity to see, and more noticeably, hear, the stunning lilac-breasted rollers during their breeding season. These multi-coloured birds are loud and abundant throughout the Okavango region during spring and it is a delightful sight to behold.

If you would like to travel in October and enjoy the heat then dryland areas such as Chief’s Island and Moremi are great, although we suggest staying at a camp with a plunge pool!

Game viewing is easy during October; landscapes are clearer due to the vegetation having been grazed-down throughout the dry winter and animals gather around what water still remains in the parks. This gives the big cats good opportunities to hunt as it is easy to catch their prey. Hippos enjoy basking in the sun, and although this is common, (as Botswana has an average of 300 days of sunshine per year) it is particularly likely throughout the winter and into October.

Prices usually remain at peak levels throughout October but may start to drop towards the end of the month and in to November. Please get in touch with one of our destination experts to find out about the best places to stay and visit at your chosen time.

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