December is a great time to visit this beautiful African country. At this time, the trees and grass are at their greenest because the weather is wet. The temperatures you can expect range from 20 to 33 degrees Celsius. There is a lot of humidity and periodic rains. At this time the rains are not so much that they interfere with your activities but the humidity may reduce visibility during game drives. December falls within the low season of the tourist industry and hence the prices at that time are low. You can have an awesome trip without having to spend too much. However, due to this low season, some lodges and camps close down and may not be available for bookings.
Weather and climate
When you visit Botswana in December you can expect to see many animals. Particularly, this is the time when herbivores giver birth and you will be seeing many newborns and birthing processes. Expect to see impalas, gemsbok and elephants. Do you know what many herbivores in groups mean? They mean more food for the predators. So, you will also see the likes of lions, cheetahs, leopards and so on near the herbivores. You may even catch a game hunt and have the most exhilarating experience ever.
Wildlife to be seen
Other than animals, visitors can expect to see trees and flowers in their full bloom creating picturesque landscapes. At this time migratory birds can be seen in the parks. The species to expect include kites, cuckoos and kingfishers.
Some of the best activities you can engage in while in Botswana in December include bird watching, game drives and safaris. The best parks to do these activities at this time of the year are the Central Kalahari GR and the Nxai Pan National Park. Others that will still provide a good wildlife experience include the Okavango Delta, Chobe National Park, Makgadikgadi Pans NP and the Moremi Game Reserve. The fun should not stop with the wildlife! Head over to the Okavango Delta and get into a canoe that will float you around the reeds as you relax and catch some riverside wildlife. Discover the culture of the famous San people as they teach you about the Kalahari Desert.
What should you pack?
Since it is a wet month, you will need to bring a few jackets with you. Pack some closed shoes if you will be walking around because the roads can get really muddy. Remember to pack a pair of binoculars for wildlife viewing and a camera to capture all the good moments and wildlife. When packing personal items do not forget your sunscreen.