Chobe National Park
Travel Update Summer 2020: Most destinations, sites and parks reopened with limitations. Check the official websites and read our crucial ‘BEST TIME TO GO' and ‘AVOIDING THE CROWDS’ tips:
You may have the best game viewing experiences in September and October before the rainy season starts. These months are the hottest with day temps around 34°C to 38°C. More pleasant temps in the peak season from June to August, but nights are pretty chilly with one digit temps. Continue reading to get all information for each season.
May - June (sweet spot months)
Lower prices and fewer tourists than in high season. Cold nights. Especially in May, the landscape is still green with thicker bushes. Thus animal sightings are a little harder than during the dry season. However, sightings are often good already. If you like more privacy during the safaris, these months could be for you.
July - October (Dry Season)
High season with increasing prices. Mornings can still be chilly in July and August. Fewer mosquito. Highest animal concentration along the riverfront and waterholes. This is the best game viewing time. Particularly in the hottest and driest months of September and October the sightings are sensational. However, it can be crowded: You’ll see many other jeeps at hot spots like Chobe’s riverfront.
November - March/April (Wet Season)
Lower prices, fewer tourists. Higher humidity, more mosquito. Rain sometimes starts in November. The wet season is incredible for bird watching. Game viewing is still possible but not as stunning as in the peak months. The worst weather usually occurs in January / February with a possibility of rain for days and thunderstorms.
Chobe is the elephant kingdom. The elephant population is estimated at 50.000. Together with a great variety of wildlife: giraffe, zebra, impala, wildebeest, kudu, buffalo, waterbuck, puku, warthog, lions, hyenas, jackals, bat-eared foxes, cheetahs, and wild dogs.
Chobe national park encompasses 11000km² and covers a wide variety of ecosystems, from the riverine forest, floodplains and periodic marsh to the rocky outcrops. The Okavango Delta gets flooded with water from Angola between March and July. Okavango, Chobe, and Moremi are the most famous parks of Botswana.