SA & Botswana - Would Sept. Be the Right Time?

Jun 7th, 2004, 04:31 PM
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SA & Botswana - Would Sept. Be the Right Time?

We are considering a safari trip to SA and Botswana in September of 2005. Based on previous posts, we're looking at September because we believe it will provide the following:

- decent game viewing
- comfortable (not too hot or cold) weather
- minimal rain
- the opportunity to experience an Okovango Delta mekoro
- reduced #s of bugs

There are a lot of criteria here. Did we miss the mark on anything? Or are there any other months that you think fit the above "dream" criteria?

Thanks in advance for your help! You guys are the best!
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Jun 7th, 2004, 07:18 PM
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When talking to the staff in Botswana - they said June was the coldest month and Sept was the hottest month.
There is very little water then so seeing the game is much easier.
Be prepared for the HEAT!!!
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Jun 8th, 2004, 09:26 AM
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So, if September is very hot, would August be a better option?

Also, with things being so dry in certain areas, are the Okovango Delta activities like mekoro rides still going on?

And finally, if this is a dryer time, are we better off from a bug perspective? Or, in the Delta, are you gonna get bugs no matter what?

So confusing.........
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Jun 8th, 2004, 12:33 PM
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We went to Botswana in September 2003, staying in Moremi, Savuti and Chobe. The weather during the day was quite hot for the most part, but we did have one day when it was cloudy and was cool enough that we bundled up in blankets on the game drive vehicle in the morning. We had one brief rain overnight in Savuti, but it was very minimal and our guides told us it was very unusual to have any rain at all in September. They told us that November is their hottest month.
Regarding mekoro rides, we took an all-day one through the Delta and there was lots of water and islands to see. No problems there. You will likely see tons of birds while doing this, including many fish eagles and storks of various descriptions. Also, we saw many elephants in/near the water, but then again we saw lots of elephants everywhere in Botswana.
And on the issue of bugs, we did not get a single mosquito bite the entire time. I was shocked.
We also spent about a week in Cape Town, which at that time of the year is quite cool -- daytime highs around 70 at the most and lows in the 50's. We had to bundle up and wear layers for that part of the trip.
Anyway, we had an awesome time in September and believe it to be an optimal time to go. The only drawback is that the great white sharks are not out in force at Seal Island in Cape Town by then, so we didn't get to do our shark dive ...

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Jun 9th, 2004, 02:13 AM
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November is usually the hottest month for Northern Botswana. See

For South Africa, this might depend on the region, but January is usually the hottest month. Take a browse around (Use the menu option SA Regional/Data archives.)
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Jun 10th, 2004, 03:52 PM
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I think September is a great time to go to Botswana-- the weather can be hot at mid-day, but that's when you will be resting, And as Arthur says, September is not the hottest month in Botswana, although it might be the hottest of the "high season" dry months.

If you are planning to do South Africa, especially Capetown, I'd do that after Botswana, to maximize the chance of warmer, nicer weather in SA.
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