Botswana is a special safari destination because it is a true wilderness. In Botswana you are more detached from the developed world than in other southern African safari destinations. Places like the Okavango Delta and the Central Kalahari are very special as they give you a sense of wilderness and you feel like you really are in the middle of nowhere whilst on safari. Also the stunning scenery is really hard to beat.
If you are looking for an affordable Botswana holiday, try visiting during the low season, from November to the end of March, as during this time Botswana’s lodges offer great rates. Rates for June-October are typically 30%-45% higher than those rates offered from November to May. Go at the beginning of the low season – the vegetation hasn’t had time to grow so it is easier to spot animals.
May to October is the dry winter period in Botswana and there is less vegetation present. The animals concentrate around waterholes making wildlife easier to spot. It is also cooler so animals are active longer and there are fewer mosquitoes. Even though this is busy season, the parks are still uncrowded, except for Chobe which can get very busy.
November to April brings the summer rains and green vegetation. Game viewing is still good and includes new-born animals and migratory birds. This is an amazing time for birders. The rains are mostly short afternoon showers but during January and February the rains can continue throughout the day. October and November can be extremely hot but this is when you will find the best deals and fewer travellers.
For a unique Botswana safari book a budget mobile camping safari. These safaris are accompanied by a qualified guide and an experienced cook and camp assistant. Try look for scheduled safaris that run every week on a certain day: this would help a single traveller or group to join bigger groups and save some money. The Botswana campsites are basic but still extremely comfortable and hygienic. The most popular routes include the Okavango, Moremi, Savuti and Chobe.