Botswana Tours & Vacations

There are more elephants in Botswana than any other country; massive cats roam free and there’s everything from endangered African wild dogs to aquatic antelopes, from rhinos making a comeback to ample birdlife at each turn. This is also the land of the Okavango Delta and the Kalahari Desert, at once iconic African landscapes and significant stretches of wilderness.

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About Botswana

There are extra elephants in Botswana than any other country, the massive cats roam free and there’s everything from endangered African wild dogs to aquatic antelopes, from rhinos making a comeback to ample birdlife at each turn. This is also the land of the Okavango Delta and the Kalahari Desert, at once iconic African landscapes and significant stretches of wilderness. 38 percent of its whole land vicinity are committed to country wide parks, reserves and natural world management areas. Put these landscapes together with the wildlife that inhabits them, and it’s challenging to break out the conclusion that this is wild Africa at its best.

Botswana may additionally rank amongst Africa’s most one-of-a-kind destinations – lodging prices at most hotels are once-in-a-lifetime propositions – however self-drive expeditions are also possible. And whichever way you visit, Botswana is a without a doubt fantastic place. For the first time traveler, incredible fee will be found traveling in the “green season” of November to March” when the rains have come and the animals start their migration movements, especially to the Kalahari. April and May are also good months for recreation viewing when deciding on your camps carefully. For an all-round flora and fauna experience in Botswana, we generally advocate that you visit 3 camp locations staying seven nights.

Weather, Climate and Geography

Botswana’s climate is semi-arid. Though it is hot and dry for much of the year, there is a rainy season, which runs through the summer months. Rainfall tends to be erratic, unpredictable and highly regional. Often a heavy downpour may occur in one area while 10 or 15 kilometers away there is no rain at all. Showers are often followed by strong sunshine so that a good deal of the rainfall does not penetrate the ground but is lost to evaporation and transpiration.
‘Pula’, one of the most frequently heard words in Botswana, is not only the name of Botswana’s currency, but also the Setswana word for rain. So much of what takes place in Botswana relies on this essential, frequently scarce commodity.

Rainfall
The rainy season is in the summer, with October and April being transitional months. January and February are generally regarded as the peak months. The mean annual rainfall varies from a maximum of over 650mm in the extreme northeast area of the Chobe District to a minimum of less than 250mm in the extreme southwest part of Kgalagadi District (see the map for districts). Almost all rainfall occurs during the summer months while the winter period accounts for less than 10 percent of the annual rainfall. Generally, rainfall decreases in amount and increases in variability the further west and south you go.

Temperatures
Summer days are hot, especially in the weeks that precede the coming of the cooling rains, and shade temperatures rise to the 38°C mark and higher, reaching a blistering 44°C on rare occasions. Winters are clear-skied and bone-dry, the air seductively warm during the daylight hours but, because there is no cloud cover, cold at night and in the early mornings. Sometimes bitterly so – frost is common and small quantities of water can freeze.

Humidity
In summer during the morning period humidity ranges from 60 to 80% and drops to between 30 and 40% in the afternoon. In winter humidity is considerably less and can vary between 40 and 70% during the morning and fall to between 20 and 30% in the afternoon.
For tourists, the best visiting months are from April through to October – in terms of both weather and game viewing. It is during this period that the wildlife of the great spaces gathers around what water there is – the natural waterholes and the borehole-fed dams – and are at their most visible.

The summer season begins in November and ends in March. It usually brings very high temperatures. However, summer is also the rainy season, and cloud coverage and rain can cool things down considerably, although only usually for a short period of time.
The winter season begins in May and ends in August. This is also the dry season when virtually no rainfall occurs. Winter days are invariably sunny and cool to warm; however, evening and night temperatures can drop below freezing point in some areas, especially in the southwest.
The in-between periods – April/early May and September/October – still tend to be dry, but the days are cooler than in summer and the nights are warmer than in winter.

Required Clothes

Loose and natural fabrics are recommended. Light coats are also recommended for rainy days.

Did you know?
  • Botswana is mostly desert. The Kalahari Desert covers over 80% of Botswana resulting in its climate being mostly arid to semi-arid. Rainfall occurs mainly in summer with the peak times being in January. The average rainfall is about 500mm per year in the northeast and less than 250mm in the other parts of the country, some countries or areas, such as Chocó in Columbia can receive 500 mm of rain in just one day.
  • The national bird of Botswana is the Kori Bustard. The largest flying bird of whole Africa.
  • Most of the elephants in the African continent call Botswana home. Over 130,000 elephants live and thrive in the country, making it the perfect place to spot these gentle giants. Most of them live in Chobe National Park.
  • Despite the stigma of being ‘in third-world Africa’, Botswana is a very well-off or rich country thanks to the wealth of diamonds found in there. A politically stable country and most of the population enjoys a high standard of living. Botswana has maintained one of the world’s highest economic growth rates since 1966.
  • The national animal is the zebra. This has to do with the black and white stripes showing the racial harmony.
  • There are around 150.000 elephants in Botswana, 50.000 of them are living in Chobe National Park.
  • Botswana has an enviable biodiversity. Over 150 mammalian species live in Botswana, including the Big Five – lions, African elephants, leopards, cape buffaloes, and black rhinos. It is also home to over 200 species of amphibians and reptiles, and more than 460 species of birds.
  • The Limpopo River was made famous as the ‘great, gray greasy’ river of Kipling’s story and journals of early explorers and adventurers recount tales of the river that accesses three countries, forming the border between Botswana and South Africa and then South Africa and Zimbabwe.
  • In Botswana, rain on a wedding day is believed to be a blessing. However, a stormy weather on this special day also means bad luck.
  • Democracy has always been important in Botswana and in all villages, there is a meeting place where the villagers meet to discuss matters of importance. Known as a Kgotla this is a tribal court and no decisions are made until everyone has had a chance to have their say.

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