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Currently our plan is to begin travel the second week of October....not sure where we're staying yet, as we're just beginning our research. The opportunity to make the trip came through at the last minute, so hopefully we're not starting our planning too late!

For those of you that are also interested in knowing about weather conditions in November, I received this helpful e-mail from a tour operator in Houston...hopefully this will be useful to others as well:

Most of Botswana is arid (semi-desert) with very low annual rainfall - even
in the 'rainy' season. November is considered to be the first month of the
rainy season, but they consider themselves lucky to get much, if any rain,
that early in the season. Usually the first few showers fall in November and
December, but the 'real' rainy season doesn't set in until Jan/Feb/March.

So I would say that rain is not really much of an issue in November: but it
will be very hot. In both October and November, afternoon high temperatures
will be in the mid to upper 90's F. Fortunately most of the better camps
(such as the ones operated by Wilderness Safaris) have fans in the tents, and
the camps have small pools to cool off during the middle of the day.

One caveat regarding rainfall in Botswana: it is generally low, but
fluctuates erratically and unpredictably from year to year and from place to
place. The rainfall variability in the northern third of the country (which
has an annual average rainfall of 26 inches) is about 25%. So it is very
difficult to make predictions: if you want to be absolutely sure of being in
Botswana in the dry season, the best months to travel are from June through
September.

I hope that helps.

Sincerely,


Bert du Plessis
E-mail: exafrica@aol.com

Fish Eagle Safaris

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