Why you should visit Botswana
Why you should visit Botswana
Botswana is a landlocked country in the southern part of Africa. Despite being surrounded by Namibia, Zambia, Zimbabwe and South Africa, its two big rivers, the Chobe and the Okavango (with its Delta) make it haven in which wildlife thrive all year round. Both the untouched wilderness of the Okavango Delta or the seemingly endless plains of the Kalahari Desert make a safari to see the Big Five (lion, buffalo, elephant, rhinoceros, and leopard) an experience never to be forgotten. The wildlife viewing in Botswana is simply magnificent, with the massive zebra migrations during the flood season at the Makgadikgadi Salt Pans, the large pride of lions on the Savuti Plains, and the Chobe Game Reserve, home to one of the largest herds of free-ranging elephants in the world.
About 38% of the country is dedicated to national parks, reserves, and wildlife management areas. Traveling through the immense wonderland of nature in Botswana, it’s easy to understand why this untamed wilderness is one of the last great refuges for Nature’s magnificent and bountiful gifts of life.
Asante is waiting to arrange your dream Botswana trip, perfect from starry nights in intimate and exclusive lodges, to the sights and sounds of wild animal life right outside your lodge walls or luxury tented camp.
As with all the itineraries on our website, we offer just a few of the possibilities available to you. After liaising with you, we are more than happy to plan your obligation-free itinerary according to your individual needs and budget.
When is the best time to visit
Botswana’s dry season, winter months between May and August is Safari High Season. You may enjoy viewing the animals concentrated in ever-increasing numbers at water sources. The day time temperatures can reach 68 Fahrenheit (25 Celsius) but night time to early morning temperatures can be very chilly, especially in July and August, so make sure you pack warm.
Around the Okavango the temperatures are more moderate than the drier areas of the Kalahari, but if you are planning to visit the Kalahari during this time, expect frosty mornings and chilly evenings. By September and October the temperatures are once more on the rise and can reach a sweltering 104F (40C) during the day. Although usually a dry and bearable heat, it’s wise to be prepared for intense sunshine. The landscapes are even dryer resulting in a great concentration of game, making it an excellent time for big game safaris.
Chobe’s Savute region and the Kalahari also offer excellent summer game viewing (November until the end of March), as they lie on the path of migrating animals – particularly zebra.
For keen birders, the rainy season from December to March is the time to visit and an added advantage is that this is the time when Botswana’s landscape completely transforms. It is a most beautiful sight and also the time for wildlife births, from tiny warthogs, zebra colts and baby impala.
What to pack for your trip to Botswana?
If you are visiting in the summer months, we recommend lightweight and light coloured cotton. Avoid black and synthetic materials which increase perspiration and discomfort. In winter, trousers, long-sleeved shirts and jerseys are a good choice.
During the winter months of May to August the night temperatures can drop drastically, so warm socks, jackets and jerseys for early morning or evening game drives, are essential. If you are on summer safari, neutral coloured clothes blend well with the bush, but bring a lightweight jacket and/or jersey for rain or unexpected temperature changes. Comfortable closed walking shoes or trainers, good quality sunscreen, wide-brimmed sun hats, and polarised sunglasses are a must for all seasons.