Botswana is an amazing country to visit, for many reasons. From prolific wildlife and the Okavango Delta, to amazing birdlife and many cultural activities.
Weather and climate
Botswana can be described as having a semi-arid type of climate. You get to experience this climate first hand during the month of May which is the start of the winter season in which very minimal rainfall occurs. A typical day in the winter season will invariably be sunny and hot with temperatures ranging from 38 degrees to highs of 44 degrees; however, night and evening temperatures can fall drastically even to sub-zero temperatures especially in the southwest. Humidity in May ranges from highs of 60 to 80% during the day and fall to lows of 20 to 30% in the evening.
What wildlife can be seen
For the ultimate wildlife viewing experience in the month of May has to be in the Okavango Delta. This is an inland delta that empties its waters in the Kalahari desert. The delta spans up to 18,000 square Kilometres when it is flooded. The best time to visit the Okavango Delta has to be in the month of May when the Okavango river comes in flooded from the Angolan highlands. The arrival of flood water heralds the arrival of about 20,000 animals that come to forage on the lush vegetation as well as prey on others.
You get a chance to see about 157 reptile species, 540 bird species, and 164 mammalian species. The waters are home to aquatic animals such as crocodiles, hippos, bream and tiger fish. Top predators such as cheetahs, lions, leopards and wild dogs find sanctuary among great herds of buffalo, wildebeest, elephants, sitatunga and lechwe antelopes as well as the zebra. The Okavango Delta has recently been made a rhino sanctuary with white and black rhinos being imported to the area from South Africa.
Bird watching: supporting about 540 bird species the Okavango Delta is a bird watchers paradise. Get a chance to watch different birds that teem the marsh such as wattled cranes, yellow-billed stocks, Egyptian geese, African jacanas, and the African fish eagles just to name a few.
Trip in a moroko canoe: because the Okavango is made up of marshland with virtually no road network, you can take a ride in a dugout canoe known as a moroko with the help of a local guide. It is a great way to enjoy the beautiful scenery and watch hippos, crocodiles and water birds up close.
Fishing: the narrow river valley of the Okavango as the various wetlands that dot the delta is a great place to partake in fishing. The waters in the Okavango teem with fish such as tigerfish, bream, tilapia, bass. Another great fish to look out for is the African pike and huge catfish which will are hard to catch because of their ferocious nature.
Walking and horseback safaris: you can take both walking and horseback safaris especially in the permanent islands where there are no swamps and marshlands to interrupt.
What to pack
- Sunscreen and a sun hat to protect you from the ferocious African sun.
- Comfortable lightweight clothes such as T-shirts and shirts to shield you from the high temperatures experienced during the day.
- Come along with comfortable closed shoes for long treks and protection from thorns, rocks, and debris you might find in your way.
- A sweater or light fleece to keep you warm during the cold evenings.
- Don't forget to carry along an insect repellant to protect against insects such as mosquitos.