When to Go

High Season (Jun or Jul–Oct)

  • Peak rates and low availability for lodges across the north.
  • Warm days and mild nights, but October can be oppressively hot.
  • Extremely cold nights in the Kalahari, where it's low season.
  • Campsites booked out months in advance.

Shoulder (Apr, May & Nov)

  • May nights can be cold, but otherwise a lovely, cheaper time to visit.
  • Rains sometimes last into April and some trails still waterlogged.
  • Water levels in the delta unpredictable at this time.

Low Season (Dec–Mar)

  • Cheaper rates and high availability, except over Christmas/New Year.
  • Rains can disrupt travel, making off-road driving difficult.
  • Zebra migration in the Makgadikgadi Pans and migratory birds elsewhere.
  • High season in the Kalahari.