Botswana is a wonderful country to visit with plenty to do and see all year round; but the thing is, you really have to pick your moments well if you want to experience different things in the country’s most popular areas. You can visit the Okavango Park, as well as the Delta, Moremi and Chobe all year round, although, as you will come to find out, each season has something different as far as these parks are concerned. However, regardless of the season, you can be guaranteed of a wonderful experience all the same.
Weather and climate
When it comes down to the seasons themselves, the period between November and March isn’t particularly the best for many tourists visiting the country, because for one, the period is usually accompanied by frequent, heavy rains. However, if you know better, then you probably know there is still a lot to look forward to, regardless of the extremely wet climate in the month of February. This period, between November and March, is referred to as the “green” season. This means that in February, you are more likely to find the country greener than you can ever hope to find it in the other months. Nonetheless, with such a climate, you can be guaranteed you’ll see plenty of birdlife. Botswana in February isn’t all that bad, especially if you are a birdwatcher and love taking photographs.
The best activities
You can be sure to find cranes huddled together in the Okavango and the Delta, as sure as you’ll see the African skimmers diving for their meals in the parks. The usual dark cloud coverage signaling impending thunderstorms also serves as a nice way to put your photography skills to the test. However, the best thing about Botswana in February, is that you get the one chance to see the famous zebra migration, as many Burchell’s zebras make their way from the Boteti River to the Makgadikgadi and Nxai Pans. It’s certainly a sight that can easily rival the wildebeest migration of the Mara and the Serengeti.
Perhaps even a better treat, you get to catch all the action that goes on as the predators chase the zebras as they elude the harsh climate. Not to mention, during this time, you also get to observe, as many wildlife give birth to their precious newborns. It’s such a sight to behold. Don’t forget, if you visit Botswana in February, you can be guaranteed that the rates are less than they are normally, during other months. Just remember to pack for heavy and warm clothing beforehand; along with everything else that’d make your trip a memorable one.