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.
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
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