Safari Countries & Weather


Oct 2nd, 2000, 08:40 AM
chris vollmer
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Safari Countries & Weather

We are planning a trip to Africa in Jan. Feb. March 2001 and would appreciate advice on what the weather and water conditions would be like in Botswana (Okavanga Delta). Is it agood time of year to safari there? Does anyone have any comparisons of Botswana vs South Africa vs Kenya?
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Oct 3rd, 2000, 03:25 AM
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Jan, Feb and March are not usually considered the best months for Botswana as it is the rainy season. Much of N. Botswana is relatively arid though, and on average the monthly total rainfall, even in the 'rainy' season hardly reaches 4 inches. Game-viewing is generally considered to be better in the late winter and early spring (July through October or so) but I have visited N. Botswana twice in February and have experienced excellent game-viewing on both occasions. It depends on the areas & camps which you visit. There is always water in the 'permanent' part of the Okavango Delta, so you can still enjoy water activities such as mokoro outings. The fishing is good at this time of the year, as is the bird-watching (MUCH better than in the winter months).

There's one excellent safari that I know of, the Suricate Kalahari Safari, which operates only in March and April, combining places such as Deception Valley (made famous by Mark and Delia Owens in the book 'Cry of the Kalahari'), Makgadikgadi Pans and the Okavango Delta.

Tanzania is a very good destination at this time of the year (Jan through March) as it is the time of the year when the big herds of wildebeest, zebra & gazelles are largely concentrated on the short-grass plains of the southern Serengeti, in the Ndutu area. The long rains in Tanzania supposedly come in April/May, but rainfall patterns have been erratic the last few years.
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Oct 3rd, 2000, 11:54 PM
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Jan, Feb and March are the worst times to visit the Okavango Delta - the waters are at their lowest, often preventing you from going out on mokoro (the highlight of any visit to the Okavango) they are also very hot months.
Botswana and especially the Okavango Delta are unique, and offer visitors an Africa totally unspoiled and natural, which unfortunately SA and Kenya can no longer offer.
I would stick with Botswana, but try to change your dates to between late May to the end of November.
Nigel [email protected]
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