Michael Jansen

Best Time to Visit the Okavango Delta


While it is known to be a fantastic year-round Botswana safari destination, figuring out the best time to visit the Okavango Delta can be tricky. The dry season is best for game viewing, the wet season is best for bird watching, and both have their own pros and cons. As such, deciding on when to book your holiday to the delta entirely depends on what kind of experience you’re looking to have. Here we detail all you need to know about the different seasons in the Okavango Delta, and what to expect from each.

Okavango Delta Best Time

April to September | Winter | Dry Season

Like many game reserves and national parks in Southern Africa, winter in the Okavango Delta boasts the opportunity for incredible wildlife sightings. Because it is dry season, many animals migrate to the delta seeking sustenance. June to August is also high water season, and as such is the best time for canoe safaris and mokoro trips. This a fantastic way to experience the region, and often makes for out-of-this-world wildlife encounters.

Best Time to Visit the Okavango Delta

In terms of the weather, winter days are generally sunny, clear and warm, whilst the temperature drops in the evening. Expect day-time highs of 25C, and night-time lows of 2C, so make sure to pack the relevant clothing.

On the downside, July to October is high season in the Okavango Delta, so the area will be busier and you will likely be charged high season rates. Avoid paying inflated prices by booking your stay at an affordable accommodation option such as Cresta Maun. This stunning property is located at the gateway to the Okavango Delta, and offers guests a choice of 83 rooms and suites, each featuring garden views, air-conditioning and a range of other convenient amenities. Find out more here.

Okavango Delta Seasons

October to March | Summer | Wet Season

Summer in the Okavango Delta gets off to a roaring start, with October being the hottest month of the year. The temperatures build in anticipation of the rains, up to a whopping 40C. However, the sizzling heat is rewarded by some of the year’s most spectacular game viewing. Herds of thirsty animals can be found concentrated along the fringes of the delta, drinking their fill and cooling down.

Seasons Okavango Delta

The rains typically arrive towards the end of the November, dropping the temperature considerably. During the rainy season, which lasts until March, expect sunny and hot days, afternoon thunderstorms, brief late afternoon downpours, and warm to cool evenings. This is also the best time of year of bird watching, as numerous migrant species make their way to the Delta. Fortunately, much of the wildlife remain in the heart of the delta where there is permanent water, so impressive game sightings can still be expected. What’s more, a fair amount of antelope give birth during the Wet Season, attracting predators such as lion, leopard, spotted hyena and African Wild Dog.

Best Time to Visit Okavango Delta

To find out more about booking your stay and more about the best time to visit the Okavango Delta, get in touch with the team at Cresta Maun on enquiry@crestahotels.com.

Flickr Image Credits:
Michael Levine-Clark
Michael Levine-Clark
Michael Levine-Clark
Michael Levine-Clark
Linda Alexandersson