What the Botswana Drought Means for Your Safari

June 28, 2019

The Botswana drought has caused particularly dry conditions over this year’s winter season, which have in turn, led to opportunities for some fantastic game-viewing whilst on safari.

The dry winter season is widely considered to be the best period to go on a safari in Botswana. Large numbers of wildlife, like elephant, giraffe and hippo, concentrate around the limited water sources available to them and the thinning vegetation make animals and birds easier to see as their usual sheltered spots become exposed.

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That’s why, every year, nature lovers and wildlife photographers head to Botswana for the ultimate safari experience. While nothing on safari can be guaranteed, the chance of the soft wintery light creating perfect photography moments and the dry landscape making for excellent wildlife scenes is that much better during the winter.

The Okavango Delta is an unpredictable and unique ecosystem that determines the way safaris are planned and carried out. The water levels change each year due to natural forces at play and this defines the kind of activities (land or water) that travellers can enjoy.

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While camps and lodges in safari destinations are generally not closing operations because of the Botswana drought this year, water-based activities may be limited or suspended until water levels rise again to the necessary levels. This was the case, until recently, in the Okavango Delta, where the annual flood waters from the Angolan Highlands were slow in arriving to the delta.

Now that the first flood has pushed in, camps are once again starting up their mokoro and boating safaris. Of course in places where water sources like the Chobe River in the Chobe National Park are relatively stable, boat cruises are still on offer even during the Botswana drought.

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Game drives and walking safaris that take you into remote wilderness areas are really what this season in Botswana is all about. Increasingly exposed terrain in the famous Moremi Game Reserve and the wider Okavango Delta are making these two land-based activities even more unforgettable experience and amazing wildlife sightings are plentiful.

Contact us to find out more about what the current Botswana drought means for your upcoming safari.

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