Seasons in the Okavango Delta

Supports large concentrations of animals on both a permanent and seasonal basis


In the Okavango Delta winter occurs from April to September. Days are generally dry, sunny, clear and cool to warm whilst in the evening temperatures can drop sharply. During the day temperatures generally reach 25 degrees Celsius and evening temperatures can be as low as 2 degrees Celsius and, in some dry areas, can plummet below freezing. Virtually no rainfall occurs during the winter months.


The Okavango Delta the summer starts in with temperatures building in October and ends in March with the onset of the dry season. In October the time before the coming of the rains are the hottest with dry temperatures soaring up to 40 degrees Celsius or more. Cloud cover, coinciding with the arrival of the first rains towards the end of November or in early December, reduce the temperature considerably, albeit only for a short period. During the rainy season, which lasts until the end of February or early March, the days are hot and sunny in the mornings with afternoon thunderstorms, usually in short, torrential downpours during the late afternoon. Temperatures during the day can rise to 38 degrees Celsius and night time temperatures can drop to around 20 degrees Celsuis. Rainfall is erratic, unpredictable and highly regional. Heavy downpours may occur in one area while 10 or 15 kilometres away there is no rain at all. Showers are often followed by strong sunshine so a good deal of the rainfall does not penetrate the ground, as it is lost to evaporation and transpiration.
The Okavango Delta is best known as a photographic safari destination and offers some of the best unspoilt vistas in Africa. With a variety of habitats and ever abundant water, the Okavango Delta provides the photographer with a wealth of photographic subjects, dramatic landscapes, herds of plain’s game and spectacular birdlife.

Temperature (°C)
Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
 19/32 19/31 18/31 14/31 9/28 6/25 6/25 9/28 13/33 18/35 19/34 19/32
Rainfall (mm)
Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
110 80 70 25 7 3 0 0 0 30 50 95
Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec

Excellent game in Kalahari

Migrant birds in breeding plumage

A time of plenty with births, breeding and young

Good predator numbers

Animals in good condition

Very scenic, wonderful photography with dramatic light and excellent subject matter


Good climate with a mix of both green and dry season
Okavango Delta begins to flood


As the hinterlands water’s dry up game concentrations increase in the delta

Delta flood reaches its peak, great mokoro and boating

Visibility at its peak with trees losing their leaves and grasses dying back

Cooler and drier time of year with temperatures starting to increase in September

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When to Visit - Okavango Delta from the air

When to Visit

A Dynamic Ecosystem

It is difficult to determine when the best time to visit the Okavango Delta is, as this is a dynamic ecosystem and all visitors will have differing opinions on what the best time to visit actually is. If you are a birder the best time to visit might be in October when the heronries are full of birds breeding and nesting or perhaps the best time to visit might be in July or August when game numbers start to increase drawn by the drying hinterland.

When to Visit
Male Kudu - Wildlife


large concentrations

There is a dynamic seasonal shift of animals between the arid region that surrounds the delta and the Okavango Delta itself. During the wet season most large animals move away from the delta to take advantage of the lush grazing that surrounds it.