What to bring?
Here are some important things to remember:
- international passport with a few empty pages and valid for at least 3 months after return
- flight tickets
- payment cards (activated to use worldwide)
- binoculars (preferably 1 per person if you go on safari)
- if you bring a camera: enough memory capacity
- chargers for your cell phone and camera
- hat and sun cream
- for a foot safari: clothing in neutral colors (no fluo and white)
The weather year round
Be aware that averages can not predict how the weather will be during your holiday.
The average temperature and precipitation in Botswana:
Keep in mind: in the Okavango Delta and surroundings the temperatures are less extreme cold and warm (at night and during the day) than in the drier areas of the Kalahari.
June - August: the perfect winter for safari
These are the 'coldest' months where the daily temperature for making safaris is pleasant, about 22 - 27 degrees. The temperature can drop to 0 - 8 degrees at night and in the early morning. This period is the most popular, because the water of the Okavango Delta attracts large numbers of wildlife. In addition, the grass is drier and less high, fewer leaves on the trees and bushes, making the game easier to see.
September - October: spring without rain
The temperatures are rising and the landscape is becoming dryer. Wildlife concentrates much more in the Okavango Delta and around the rivers in the north of the country. This is the best time for safaris. The temperature can rise to 40 degrees in October. Areas like Makgadikgadi Pans and Central Kalahari are very hot in these months.
November - March: summer
The months are known as the 'green season', the rainy season. Rain is a blessing in a semi-desert country. During the day the temperatures are still warm, ranging from 30 - 35 degrees. In case of rain, the temperature can drop to 15 - 18 degrees. The rains usually fall in short, spectacular thunderstorms, which can interrupt safari activities. This is not a suitable season for mobile safari, but some lodges offer nice discounts in the 'green season' after the Christmas holidays. Although the rains change every year, it is still a pleasant time to travel. There are longer periods of drought between the rains. This time of year period is also very good for bird lovers and people who want to travel to the Kalahari and Linyanti region (due to migrations from the wild). It is also the time that most animals get young.
April - May: the green autumn
These months are beautiful months with a clear blue sky and a fresh green landscape. Night temperatures drop so the temperatures during the day are warm but not hot. The evenings and nights bring pleasant refreshment. The Kalahari region can also be visited in these months. Roads in the parks are already drying out, making them more accessible to our open 4x4s.
Obviously, averages can not predict exactly how the weather will be during your holiday.
In South Africa the weather in The Cape is very different than in Kruger Park and the rest of the country. That's why this extensive information underneath.
The average temperature and precipitation in Kruger Park in South Africa:
The average temperature in The Cape, South Africa:
December to March : summer
• Kruger Park and the North: super warm during the day and very warm at night, a good chance of rain (especially thunderstorms), but always a dry heat. All fresh green and many young animals and many birds.
• The Cape: super warm (dry heat), very sunny, chance of a summer storm. Especially at the Cape of Good Hope there is a chance of a Cape Southwester (warm, dry storm wind).
• The coastal region of Kwa Zulu Natal: high humidity, summer heat and summer rains, no real cooling at night.
April and May : autumn
• Kruger Park and the North: still very hot during the day (dry heat), chance of rain diminishes every day, nights are already starting to cool. Good for safari.
• The Cape: warm during the day (dry heat), usually sunny, more likely and rain from the beginning of May.
• The coastal region of KwaZulu Natal and the rest of South Africa: less rain than previous months, still warm during the day, cool in the evening and at night, no more humid heat on the coast.
June to August : winter great for safari
• Kruger Park: very little rain, very pleasant daytime temperatures, cool evenings, cold nights and mornings. Perfect for safari.
• The Cape: The rainy season. Pleasant daytime temperatures, except cold when it rains: during the winter in Cape Town on average 1 day on 3. Fresh nights. A few times a month there is a cold front across the Cape that is comparable with European autumn weather.
• The rest of South Africa: almost no rain, sunny daytime with bright blue skies, very pleasant daytime temperatures, cool evenings, cold nights.
September and October : spring
• Kruger Park and the North: very little rain, pretty warm during the day, and fresher in the evening and at night. Good for safari.
• The Cape: Flowers and plants are in bloom, the fynbos is beautiful. Pleasant daytime temperatures, occasionally a bit of rain, exceptionally still a cold front.
• The rest of South Africa: still almost no rain, sunny during the day, very pleasant daytime temperatures, cool evenings and nights.
October and November : almost summer
• Kruger Park and the North: the chance of rain increases (especially in November), very warm during the day, at night it does not really cool down anymore, unless the rain cools down.
• The Cape: warm during the day (dry heat), sunny, chance of a shower.
• The rest of South Africa: chance of rain increases, very warm during the day, pleasant evenings, cool nights.
• Coast of kwaZulu / Natal: chance of humid heat.
We do not book airline tickets. You can find the best prices online for the period that suits you. You can also immediately book a cancellation insurance and CO2 compensation.
There are direct flights from Amsterdam, Paris, Frankfurt, London, etc. to Cape Town and Johannesburg. There are many possibilities with good connections to Botswana from Johannesburg and Cape Town.
A broken leg just before your departure or your father or mother ends up in the clinic the day before departure?
We recommend that you take out cancellation insurance with your insurance broker or simply with a large insurance company. Most insurers make this perfectly possible on their website.
So far, none of our customers have needed such travel insurance, but you never know. You can stumble down a staircase and break your ankle anywhere.
There are very good hospitals in Southern Africa, but they are very expensive. Unless you have a good insurance.