Magical Green Season in Botswana
The secret time to travel to this unique safari destination.

Botswana is a wonderful destination, especially for those seasoned safari goers looking for something different from their next trip.  This unique country, similar in size to France, offers small exclusive camps in pristine wilderness and a wide variety of safari activities including 4×4 drives, motorboat trips, cruising the channels in a mokoro and guided bush walks.

Typically, the popular time to travel to Botswana is the during drier months, from late April through till the end of October – known as High Season. As the bush dies back it’s easier to spot wildlife, animals congregate around water sources and food is scarce for the herbivores and the predators are out to take advantage of this!   This is also the time when the Okavango Delta floods with rains from the Angolan highlands.  However High Season does come with an elevanted price point!

Green Season, also known as Low Season, is typically wetter and runs from December to March.  Several camps close during this time as the water levels rise, whilst others use this time to focus on maintenance and upgrades, but many camps do remain open.

So, what are the benefits of travelling in Green Season?

  • The landscape and vegetation is lush, green and beautiful. The contrast of dark skies, green landscapes and perfect light is a dream come true for avid photographers.
  • Birding is phenomenal, so if you are a keen twitcher, then this is the time to go! Botswana has over 550 bird species.
  • The reserves are much quieter – so you may feel you almost have the whole place to yourself!
  • Most antelopes give birth during Green Season – potentially a bittersweet wildlife experience, as predators are often nearby.
  • The annual zebra migration is also on the move – which of course is followed by some eager carnivores.
  • Major discounts of 30% plus are available on exclusive safari experiences.

To give you an idea on rates, please see the below examples from the Desert and Delta Portfolio – as you can see savings of over 30% are to be had, and that’s before even mentioning escaping the dark and rain of the British Winter!

2024 Green and High Season Price comparison:

Travel in January (Green Season) for 2 persons with BA Economy flights via Johannesburg to Maun, with 6 nights safari based on 3 nights at *Camp Okavango and 3 nights at *Savute Safari Lodge – from £4,900.00 per person.

Compared to July (High Season ) for 2 persons with BA Economy flights via Johannesburg to Maun, with 6 nights safari based on 3 nights at *Camp Okavango and 3 nights at *Savute Safari Lodge – from £7,200.00 per person.

*You can choose your choice of lodge from the Desert & Delta Portfolio.

About the author

Amy joined the Bushbaby team in 2018, having worked in travel since 2010. Her specialist area is Africa, having grown up in South Africa and lucky enough to travel around most of Southern and East Africa. Amy enjoys travelling to areas that offer a contrast of adventure and down time with her husband and son. Her favourite place to date is a hard one to pin down – but the Ngorongoro Crater is very high on the list!

Amy Wheeler - Africa Specialist

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