Each season in Botswana offers different highlights so depending on what you want to see and do, it is a good idea to check out whether you would prefer a green season safari or dry season safari.
Botswana is a year-round safari destination with its most popular hotspots being the Okavango Delta, Moremi Game Reserve and Chobe National Park. Unique experiences are had no matter what the season, however, different animal, bird and plant life comes out during the green and dry seasons. In this month’s blog, we discuss the green season safari and next month’s installment of Seasonal Botswana, we look at the dry season safari.
This guide will help you plan your perfect green season safari in Botswana:
From November to April, Botswana celebrates rainfall and the ensuing lush greenness and thriving wildlife. The water level of the Chobe River rises and the shore turns into a green playground for the resident wildlife.
Except for January and February, the rains are mostly short afternoon showers and seldom have a negative impact on your safari experience. The scenery is picturesque with stunning green plains, an abundance of wild flowers and dramatic light after thunderstorms, which combine to make for outstanding photographic opportunities. Mosquitoes do enjoy the wetter conditions though so netted beds, mosquito spray and anti-malaria medication are a must.
Special wildlife sightings
While wildlife is definitely easier to spot during the dry season, animals make the most of the greenery and drop their newborns, which adds a huge cute factor to game drives. Plains game are well-fed on the plentiful vegetation and so are in great condition and there are good predator numbers. Birding is fantastic over this season, particularly for birders keen to witness migratory birds in breeding plumage and building their nests.
Chobe River boat safaris
While Chobe National Park has the Chobe River that allows for year-round water-based activities, during the green season, the water levels across the Okavango Delta are at their lowest. At this time all water-based activities in the Delta are limited, whilst guests at our Chobe Safari and Chobe Bush lodges can still experience boating safaris.
Contact us to book your green season safari in Botswana.