Climate & Wildlife

When is the Best Time to Come?

We are always being asked “When is the best time to come?”, the Answer: any time!

However, there are a few things to consider when choosing the time of year to travel to Botswana such as weather, water levels and game we have listed below some guidelines to help you decide what suits you best.


Okavango Delta, Kalahari & Thamalakane: Warm/hot during the day with morning rides in a breeze – pleasantly warm at night. Possibility of a little rain. Bush is green and lush – grass tall and green and salt pans likely to be wet.


Okavango Delta, Kalahari & Thamalakane: Day: temps can reach 35°-45°C in the middle of the day. Night: 10°-20°C.


Okavango Delta: Rain pools in the Mopane forests and on the open plains – but floodwater very unlikely at this time.


Okavango Delta: Plains game such as small herds of buffalo, zebra, wildebeest, impala and kudu. Breeding herds of elephants passing through and many solitary bulls. Excellent birds with all the migratory species in residence. Hippo concentrated in the permanent lagoons.

Kalahari: A true spectacle as the world’s largest zebra migration is in residence. With the arrival of the rains, thousands of zebra and wildebeest make their way to the Makgadigadi Salt Pans in search for the nutritious salty grasses. And then there are the desert adapted species including brown hyena, bat-eared foxes, aardwolf, and if you are lucky…aardvark! And of course, the habituated meerkat clan which is a real highlight and lots of fun!

Thamalakane River: There are 9 species of plains game within the Royal Tree Lodge Private Reserve that can be seen throughout the year.


Lightweight riding gear, a raincoat and swimwear.