What is the best time of year for Okavango Delta?

Answered by Randy McIntyre

The best time to visit the Okavango Delta is between June and August and from September to October. These months are considered the peak season for visiting the delta due to the favorable weather conditions and abundant wildlife sightings.

During the winter months of June, July, and August, the Okavango Delta experiences its dry season. This means that the water levels in the delta are at their highest, creating a unique opportunity for exploring the area by mokoro (traditional dugout canoe) or motorboat. The clear and calm waters during this time offer excellent visibility for spotting wildlife and birdwatching. Additionally, the lack of rainfall during this period means that the roads and game drive tracks are more accessible, making it easier to navigate through the delta.

September and October mark the end of the dry season and the beginning of the hot summer months in the Okavango Delta. The weather during this time is typically hot and dry, with temperatures often exceeding 30 degrees Celsius (86 degrees Fahrenheit). However, this heat attracts a large concentration of wildlife to the delta as they gather around the remaining water sources. It is during this time that the delta truly comes to life, with large herds of elephants, buffalo, and antelope congregating near the waterways. Predators such as lions, leopards, and wild dogs are also more active during this period, providing excellent opportunities for game viewing.

While June to October is generally considered the best time to visit the Okavango Delta, it is important to note that the delta is a year-round safari destination. Each season offers its own unique experiences and attractions. For instance, during the wet season from November to March, the delta transforms into a lush, green landscape with an abundance of birdlife and newborn animals. Migratory bird species arrive in large numbers, and the delta becomes a haven for birdwatchers. The occasional afternoon thunderstorms can create dramatic skies and add to the overall beauty of the landscape.

The Okavango Delta is a year-round safari destination, offering different experiences depending on the time of year. The peak season months of June to August and September to October are generally considered the best time to visit due to the favorable weather conditions and excellent wildlife sightings. However, each season has its own unique charm, and any time spent in the Okavango Delta is sure to be a memorable and rewarding experience.