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Botswana is home to some of the most beautiful and diverse regions in Africa

The reserves in Botswana are truly wild and it is here that the opportunities for viewing some of the most plentiful game in Africa

Botswana is home to some of the most beautiful and diverse regions in Africa. In the north-west, the crystal-clear river channels of the Okavango Delta make up one of the richest ecosystems in the world. This is the world’s largest wetland, with prolific wildlife and enchanting scenery and a safari holiday here promises an experience of great variety. In contrast to this watery wonderland are the great salty expanses of the Makgadikgadi Salt Pans, where man elevated himself from four legs to two; and the vast Kalahari Desert where bushmen and wildlife have adapted to survive the parched dryness. The landscapes here are like nothing you’ll have seen before, and are firm favourites on many tailor made Bostwana safari holidays.

The best way to really get to know the country on a luxury Botswana holiday is to combine these highlights. Venture into the wilderness on quad bikes, gallop across the plains on horseback, glide silently through the Delta in mokoros (traditional dugout canoes), or track game on foot and enjoy the feeling of being part of nature. There are 4x4 game drives too, so there really is something for everyone, and no two days will be the same. Botswana offers world class wildlife safaris hosted by outstanding guides and accompanied by fantastic lodges, creating truly wonderful tailor-made holidays and lifelong memories.

When to go to Botswana

Find out the best time to visit Botswana with our month by month guide.

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January

January is the heart of the wet season, with heavy downpours punctuating the afternoons, which is a great excuse to watch the storm from the luxury of your camp or lodge. The lightning can put on quite a show! This time of year is hot, and aside from the rainshowers it's sunny. Migratory birds are breeding, and the young offspring of the plains game will be skipping about the savannahs. Rates are lower during the wet season.

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February

February can be sweltering, and is defined by both sunshine and heavy storms, which makes this a great time for photography. It's now that the Central Kalahari begins waking up, with herds of game coming to graze the lush grassland.

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March

The wet season slowly comes to an end, leaving hot, drier days. There is still some rain, but only for short periods during the afternoon. Enjoy the green scenery and the lower accommodation rates.

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April

April is a fine month to visit Botswana, as the nights become cooler and sleeping is easier. Breeding season is underway for plains game, so keep an eye out for the clashing males attempting to woo the females out on the savannahs.

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May

With the rainy season at an end, the temperature falls, making bush excursions more pleasant. Nights can be a little chilly, so you'll probably need an extra layer if you're heading out on an evening game drive. Skies become clearer and there are fewer mosquitoes.

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June

June is the middle of winter in Botswana, and is one of the best times to visit the country. Days are pleasantly warm, and nights are spent tucked up cosily in your camp or lodge. Wildlife becomes concentrated around waterholes making it easier to spot. This is a great time to visit the Okavango Delta, Moremi and Chobe.

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July

With warm sunny days, and cool nights, July is the perfect time to be in Botswana. Although this is the dry season, it's a great time to enjoy a traditional mokoro canoe trip as floodwaters begin to rise in the Okavango Delta, flowing down from the highlands of Angola.

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August

The temperature begins to rise again in August, but it's still a superb time for game viewing, and the Makgadikgadi Pans are now accessible through until October. Water is now scarce in many of the parks, making game viewing easy. It's a good time to visit Savute and Linyanti.

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September

Days in September are hot with sunny blue skies, and the nights are no longer cold. It does get quite dusty out in the bush thanks to many months without rain, and game viewing is excellent as predators and prey alike hunt to find water.

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October

October is even hotter, and safari activities take place during early mornings and late afternoons to avoid the worst of the heat.

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November

November remains hot, but the rains return mid-month, bringing the plains and forests back to life. If you want to see young animals being born, and lots of predator action, this is the month to come.

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December

The rainy season is now in full swing, with lush landscapes and plenty of wildlife activity as the newborns flourish.

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