Home to some of the most prolific wildlife on the African continent, very few countries can compare with Botswana's sheer numbers and variety of wildlife.
The best time to visit Botswana is during the dry season months of May to October. Game viewing is at it’s peak during this period, as the vegetation in the area thins out considerably, making it easier to spot wildlife gathering around water sources in search of refreshment.
The downside to the dry season is that it gets quite crowded. Coincidentally, it falls within the northern hemisphere’s main holiday period. Thousands of safari enthusiasts flock to Botswana from the north, ready to take full advantage of the abundance of wildlife on show.
If you’re looking to escape the crowds - then a Botswana green season safari is your next best option.
What is Botswana’s Green Season?
Also known as the wet season, Botswana’s green season is a period where the rain transforms the dusty, arid land into a lush green grasslands and creates temporary shallow lakes and streams.
When does Botswana’s Green Season start?
Botswana’s green season runs through the months of November and December.
Why is Botswana’s Green Season so special?
Witness the birth of newborn calves
Botswana’s Green season rain usually kickstarts a period where antelope and impala make full use of the lush green grass at their disposal by giving birth to their newborn calves.
Predator interaction is quite high during this period, as lion and leopard move into the area to take advantage of the vulnerable calves
Annual zebra migration
The Botswana green season also sees the start of the annual zebra migration. Thousands of zebra will move through Botswana’s Makgadikgadi and Nxai Pan National Parks. It’s the second largest migration of wildlife in Africa.
Predators such as lion and leopard follow the herds, as they aim to take advantage of the massive herds of zebra.
Botswana is an excellent birding safari destination, however, it gets even better during Botswana’s Green Season, as migrant birds return from Europe, Asia and other parts of Africa.
Where should I stay to experience the best of Botswana’s Green Season?
Bakwena Lodge is an eco-luxury retreat on the banks of the Chobe River. Surrounded by the Chobe National Park and forest reserve, some 90 kilometres’s from Victoria Falls and Livingstone, 300 km’s west of the Okavango Delta and North of the Makgadikgadi Salt pans.
Activities here include game drives or river cruises in the Chobe, fishing trips, bird watching, nature walks, cultural tours and visiting Impalila Island with its giant baobabs.
Machaba Camp is situated in the game rich Khwai area, on the eastern tongue of the Okavango Delta, constructed on the same site as the previous Machaba camp.
The camp is built in the classic 1950's style, with luxury safari tents, en-suite bathrooms and living areas, not forgetting the romantic outdoor showers. All the tents are situated on the ground and the pathways to the tents meander between the large riverine trees.
Located on Pom Pom Island in a private concession situated in the heart of the Okavango Delta and on the head waters of the Xudum river system. The area lies on the western boundary of the Moremi Game Reserve and offers superb Okavango scenery and a true Okavango wilderness experience.
Camp Kuzuma is a private and exclusive safari lodge situated in the pristine Kazuma Forest reserve in the Chobe region of Botswana.
Located 85 kilometres from Kasane and approximately an hours’ drive from the Kasane airport, the camp offers a unique Botswana Safari experience. Overlooking a regularly frequented waterhole and open plains of the Kazuma Pans, the lodge is situated in the busiest elephant corridor that joins two of the world’s greatest parks: The Chobe National Park in Botswana and the Hwange National Park in Zimbabwe.
Popular Botswana Green Season safari packages
This Botswana safari transports you into the inner reaches of the Okavango Delta and spoils you with a string of magical wilderness safari moments while you’re inside.
Experience everything from motorised boat cruises, fishing charters and a night-time game drive, to exquisite bush cuisine, and a tranquil mokoro safari through the delta’s labyrinth.
This safari takes you to three of Botswana’s star conservation areas. You’ll begin in the Central Kalahari Game Reserve with its red sand dunes, salt pans, open plains and big skies.
From the arid or semi-arid Kalahari you’ll fly to a completely different world. In the Okavango Delta you’ll get a chance for game drives on land, but also to pole through the permanent waterways in a mokoro (dug-out canoe) on the lookout for elephant, hippo and other wildlife. A quiet, peaceful way to go on safari, it’s also a great way to spot birds.
On the bank of the Boteti River is where your family safari adventure kicks off as you’re introduced to Botswana’s spectacular wilderness. Explore the surrounding area on game drives in the morning, afternoon and night, separated by cultural excursions, and water-based group activities.
Flying into a remote section of the Okavango Delta brings with it nature walks and tranquil explorations of the delta’s waterways in a mokoro. Moving from camp to camp, each new location brings fresh surrounds and the opportunities to learn about vegetation, different cultures, species of bird life, as well as fun facts about wildlife.