When to Visit the Okavango Delta?

November 25th, 2013 No comments

If you’re planning an Okavango Delta safari, it’s important – as with most of the adventure tourism destinations in Africa – to consider what time of year you want to go. The climate of the Okavango not only affects the weather, but has an overarching influence on the region’s ecosystem, the movements of animals, and its people too.
As with much of the southern regions in Sub-Saharan Africa, there is a stark contrast between summers and winters in the Okavango Delta. The latter, also called the ‘dry period’, is known for its sparse rainfall, mild days and cold evening temperatures, the former can be extremely hot and wet with thermometers often reading in excess of 40 degrees Celsius at the height of the day.

Around late June and early September water levels in the delta trough rise considerably as waters from the Angolan highlands and the Kalahari water tables seep into the region. Consequently, for visitors looking for one of the country’s trademark – safari on water in the Okavango Delta, this is definitely one of the best times of year to visit.

This is when most all of the delta’s waterways become passable, and canoe game trips allow visitors an altogether different type of safari viewing, with the fresh water inland animals and plain grazers, along with a magnificent array of plant life, coming out in force.

From October to December the floods dissipate right across the delta, closing off the waterways and making river safaris impossible. However, this is still a popular time to visit, and is traditionally considered the park’s high season for land-living, mammal game viewing.

This is also the area’s low season because of the sporadic bouts of heavy rainfall and torrential thunder storms that dominate the weather systems in Okavango between January and March.

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