Planning Your Safari in Seasons

Going for a safari in Botswana is a journey filled with wonder and excitement, offering the opportunity to witness the beauty of Africa’s wilderness in its many seasons.

Understanding the seasonal variations in wildlife activity, weather, and landscape can greatly enhance your safari experience. Here’s a comprehensive guide to planning your safari in seasons in Botswana:

1. Dry Season (May to October)

Wildlife Activity: The dry season is considered the best time for wildlife viewing in Botswana. As water sources diminish, animals gather around remaining waterholes, making them easier to spot. Large herds of elephants, buffalo, and other herbivores congregate along rivers and watering points, attracting predators such as lions, leopards, and cheetahs.

Weather: Days are typically sunny and warm, with cooler temperatures in the mornings and evenings. Rainfall is minimal during this period, making it an ideal time for game drives and outdoor activities.

Landscape: Vegetation thins out during the dry season, offering clearer visibility for wildlife sightings. The grasslands dry up, creating a stark and contrasting landscape that provides excellent photographic opportunities.

2. Green Season (November to April)

Wildlife Activity: The green season, also known as the “emerald season,” is characterized by lush vegetation and abundant wildlife. The rains rejuvenate the landscape, transforming the bush into a vibrant green oasis. While wildlife disperses across the savannah, the green season offers unique opportunities for birdwatching and witnessing the birthing season for many species.

Weather: The green season brings occasional rainfall and higher temperatures, creating a humid and tropical environment. Afternoon thunderstorms are common, providing dramatic skies and spectacular sunsets.

Landscape: The green season paints the landscape in vibrant hues of green, with flowers blooming and rivers flowing. The bush becomes denser, offering a different perspective for wildlife photography and exploration.

Tips for Planning Your Safari

  • Consider Your Preferences: Decide whether you prefer prime wildlife viewing or lush landscapes for photography and birdwatching.
  • Choose Your Accommodation: Select lodges or camps based on their location and seasonal activities, such as water-based safaris during the green season.
  • Pack Accordingly: Bring lightweight clothing, sunscreen, and insect repellent for the green season, and layer up for cooler mornings and evenings in the dry season. See our what to pack guide.
  • Consult with Experts: Seek advice from experienced safari operators or guides who can provide insights into seasonal wildlife movements and optimal viewing areas.

Plan your Adventure

Whether you choose to visit Botswana during the dry season or the green season, each offers its own unique charm and wildlife experiences. By understanding the seasonal variations and planning accordingly, you can ensure a memorable and fulfilling safari adventure in the heart of Africa’s wilderness.