When To Go

Best Time to go on Safari
Botswana has a healthy wildlife population.  Most big safari animals are easily seen with the exception of rhinos, which have recently been reintroduced.  The northern parks have permanent water sources and host greater concentrations of wildlife than the dry parks in the south. Elephant, giraffe, hippo, buffalo, zebra, wildebeest, lion, and hyena are abundant.

The Dry Season, May to October, is the best time to enjoy wildlife viewing, as animals concentrate around waterholes and the weather is generally favorable. The Okavango Delta floods from June to October, providing the opportunity to watch wildlife in this unique ecosystem.

Dryer parks in the Kalahari area will offer better wildlife viewing during the wet season, November to April. Fresh grasses attract wildlife from the Northern parks during this time of year and during the rains large herds of zebra migrate to Makgadikgadi and Nxai pans.

The Okavango Delta and Moremi contain one of the largest population of the highly endangered African wild dog.  Wild dog packs roam over large territories and spotting them is hit or miss, except when they are denning.  Sitatunga,  red lechwe and puku can be found in the Okavango Delta, Moremi, and Chobe’s riverfront area.  These remarkable rare antelopes, adapted to semi-aquatic habitat, spend a lot of time in shallow water.

Best Time for Bird Watching
Birdlife in Botswana is good year-round, but at its best during the Wet Season, November to April. Migratory birds from Europe and Northern Africa are present at this time, and many resident bird species are nesting and in breeding plumage. Rains are typically short showers at this time (except for January and February) and rarely have a negative impact on your trip.

Starting at $3,625

African Wildlife Safari: Authentic Okavango Delta Adventure

This African Wildlife Safari: Authentic Okavango Delta Adventure was planned for a young couple who wanted to have an unforgettable summer vacation. They wanted an authentic, rugged safari experience in Botswana, so we sent them on this incredible escorted journey to the Okavango Delta and Chobe National Park. Their African Wildlife Safari: Authentic Okavango Delta Adventure began Read More…

Trip Type: Safaris in Africa

Starting at $13,195

Cruises South Africa: Wildlife and Victoria Falls

This AmaWaterways cruise shows you the best of southern Africa’s safari highlights! Enjoy a Chobe River boat cruise with water safari excursions, followed by 2 nights at Victoria Falls. Finish with a luxury Kruger safari to see Africa’s Big 5 and other spectacular wildlife.

Trip Type: Africa Cruises, Safaris in Africa

Starting at $14,195

Rivers & Rails: Luxury South Africa Cruises with Safari

Embark on southern Africa’s most sought-after river cruise on Chobe River, which is famed for its large elephant population. Explore Victoria Falls and Hwange National Park, then sit back and watch the beautiful scenery roll by aboard the Rovos Rail, South Africa’s premier luxury rail service.

Trip Type: Africa Cruises, Rail Journeys, Safaris in Africa

Starting at $15,795

Golden Trails of Africa: Victoria Falls River Cruise and Tanzania Safari

The ultimate African safari tour! Enjoy a luxurious river cruise and safari aboard the Zambezi Queen, and witness the famous elephant herds of Chobe National Park. Then, explore the highlights of Tanzania on an epic wildlife safari, from the Ngorongoro Crater to Serengeti National Park.

Trip Type: Africa Cruises, Great Migration Safari, Safaris in Africa