May 28, 2018
Botswana’s beautiful Okavango Delta region is not only known for its incredible aquatic labyrinth but also a diverse array of wildlife. When planning to visit the area, people often have one main question, what is the best time to go? Well, this largely depends on whether the wet or dry season appeals more as each have their own unique offerings. To assist you in figuring out when to book your next trip, we’ve put together a comprehensive Okavango Delta weather guide.
Known as the Okavango’s summer season, this typically occurs between November and April, however, as with most places, is never entirely predictable. During this time, previously swampy grasslands turn into mini-lakes and a traditional mokoro or motor-boat will be the ideal exploration mode of choice. Although thunderstorms and showers are common, temperatures remain high maintaining a steady level of humidity ranging between 50 and 80%.
Emerging from the tail-end of the dry season, November and December can still be marginally chilly, although afternoons are typically warmer reaching temperatures of 33 degrees. Even though a good shower can be lovely, January and February are known for spontaneous – and sometimes continuous – rainfall with high humidity levels. Striking a nice balance, March and April usually have clear weather, occasional clouds and an average of 30 degrees – perfect safari weather!
Although there may be some rainy days, this season is a birders paradise and includes the annual migration period. A time of vivid colours and stark contrast, this is also a great time to see predators on the prowl and offers some incredible photography opportunities.
During the dry season spanning from May to October, the landscape returns to smaller waterways. This time is known for the best game viewing opportunities and includes big cats such as lions and leopards – during the wet months, these powerful predators move to other areas for food.
With less vegetation and lower water levels, the local wildlife tends to gather around waterholes and rivers, making wildlife easier to spot. One thing to be sure of is, no matter the month, hippos are always abundant. With cold spells in both the morning and evening, be sure to pack some warm clothing for game drives at Cresta Maun.
During the months of June, July and August, temperatures at night can drop below freezing, but during the day can be a pleasant 25 degrees so be sure to pack some sun cream. Don’t be fooled by the cooler mornings during this dry season, as day temperatures can climb to 38 degrees in September and October.
Many of those lucky enough to have visited the Okavango Delta before will have their own ideas of the optimal time to go, but, when to go is purely based on what each visitor’s interests, must-see sights and desired activities are.
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