Why Visit Botswana in the Green Season If It Doesn’t Rain?

Why Visit Botswana in the Green Season If It Doesn’t Rain?

By: Tromas 10k 32k

Brits love to spend their vacations away from hustle bustle of city life, book your cheap flights from London to Gaborone Botswana as the place is well known for its vast expanses of open sky and 300 days of bright sunshine per year. Thankfully, life-giving summer rains begin to fall around December, signalling the start of safari's low or Green Season. The rainiest months are January and February, and the terrain remains lush and green until around April. Many Safaris enthusiasts advocate travelling during the dry winter months of May to October, when game watching is at its best. Animals are more obvious in the winter because there is less vegetation to obscure them, especially when they concentrate near decreasing waterholes and riverbanks as the dry season progresses.

The problem is that everyone else is aware of this as well. Botswana's largest wildlife attractions become busier during the dry season, which coincides with the northern hemisphere's summer vacation period. Consider a safari between December and March if you want all the excitement of Botswana's famed game viewing without the crowds. It's not just that there will be fewer visitors: you'll also benefit from lower rates and a plethora of Green Season delights.

The Best Photographic Colour and Light

To begin with, the rains turn the bleak winter landscape into a vibrant green paradise. Acacia trees with full leaves cast a deep, pleasant shade over rolling green lawns; flowers appear out of nowhere in the sand; and crusty salt pans transform into glistening wetlands teeming with honking water birds and vibrant migratory species. Photographers will adore the Green Season because the clean-washed air makes colours richer and deeper, and the cloud-stacked sunsets are more vivid. To click more of natural beauty visit top 10 destinations for African Safaris.

Witness the World's Longest Land Migration

During the Green Season, many animals not only give birth to their young, but also congregate in large herds and march across the land. The yearly zebra migration, eagerly followed by big cats and wild dogs, rolls into town for the fresh summer grazing, erupting in 'lights-camera-action!' drama in the Kalahari's Nxai and Makgadikgadi Pans, as well as the Savuti area of Chobe National Park.Hundreds of zebras and wildebeest congregate along the Boteti River's banks, contemplating a potentially fatal plunge into the dark waters where crocodiles lurk. As they brave the crocodile-infested waters, if one animal falls or the bank collapses, they all plunge in, leaving a cloud of dust and splashes behind them.

The Kalahari Reigns Supreme

The Kalahari, more than any other part of Botswana, has seen a dramatic shift. Indeed, this usually desolate semi-desert comes to life during the Green Season. Lines of wildebeest and zebra wind their way onto the Makgadikgadi grasslands; buffalo and elephants arrive at Nxai Pan National Park, seemingly out of place in this semi-desert setting; and the Central Kalahari Game Reserve, home to huge herds of springbok, echoes with the sounds of contented fat-bellied lions and 'I-couldn't-eat-another-bite' cheetahs.

A Birdwatcher's Fantasy

Then there's the matter of the birds. Botswana has a diverse range of permanent species, but migrant birds from Europe, Asia, and other areas of Africa arrive with the rains. Bird watching in Botswana ranges from excellent to spectacular, with kingfishers, kites, swallows, bee-eaters, rollers, and cuckoos filling the air with song and colour. The Kalahari, Savuti, Okavango Delta, Chobe River, and Linyanti wetlands are all superb for birding, and even non-birders will be swept up in the excitement on a Botswana Green Season tour.

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