Whether looking for the ultimate bird watching season or hoping to catch a glimpse of your favourite African wildlife, safaris by Belmond are always sure to inspire.

January - March  |  April - June  |  July - September  |  October - December

African Wildlife Safari

JANUARY
The bush is alive with activity.
January is the middle of the rainy season with spectacular afternoon thunderstorms. Daytime temperatures are warm, averaging 86°F (30°C). Night time averages are 68°F (20°C).


FEBRUARY
The Okavango Delta is brilliant, noisy and alive.
The rains continue in the form of afternoon thunderstorms with dramatic skies and sounds. Daytime temperatures can reach up to 104°F (40°C) but average around 86°F (30°C). The nights are also warm, averaging 68°F (20°C). There can be both wet and dry spells during this month.


MARCH
Visit now and see the migration moving North through the Savute.
Temperatures are still warm both day and night but the air is drier and rains less frequent.

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Best Time To Go on Safari

APRIL
The first signs of the changing season appear.
Night time temperatures drop to below 68°F (20°C) on average but daytime temperatures continue to rise up to 104°F (40°C) on some days.


MAY
Flood waters from Angola start to reach the top of Okavango Delta and begin their slow, deliberate progress through the Delta.
The rains are over and the nights are cooler with temperatures averaging 59°F (15°C). Daytime temperatures remain warm but have lost their edge with maximum temperatures seldom exceeding 95°F (35°C) – jackets are advisable for night drives.


JUNE
Winter – an exciting time in Botswana.
Temperatures have dropped to their coldest by the end of the month with night temperatures reaching as low as 41°F (5°C). It is very cold on early morning and night drives due to wind chill. Daytime temperatures rise up to a comfortable 77°F (25°C) and dusty dry conditions begin to dominate the region.

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African Wildlife Safari

JULY
An abundance of animals congregate near the water and floodplains making it a special time of the year.
The nights are still cold but the days are marginally warmer and the weather becomes typical of Botswana – sunny and clear.


AUGUST
There is plenty of action around – with patience and perseverance, the rewards are great.
The weather is warming, even at night, with daytime peaks averaging near 86°F (30°C) and night time averages rising to 50°F (10°C).


SEPTEMBER
The climate has changed again and winter is all but gone.
Night time temperatures rise rapidly within the month and by month’s end, with averages reaching 59°F (15°C) and daytime temperatures soaring well into the 80’s (high 20’s).

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Best Time To Go on Safari

OCTOBER
Temperatures soar and game viewing is exceptional.
Day time temperatures rise regularly above 104°F (40°C) and nights are warm with averages in the high 60’s (high teens Celcius).


NOVEMBER
A wonderful time for photographers as there is excellent colour, action and visibility.
Temperatures remain high both day and night.


DECEMBER
The pans remain full and the colours shine in brilliant green.
The rains become more regular with thunderstorms every few days.

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