In May the delta begins to flood, with water from rain falling in the central uplands of Angola slowly snaking its way south into Botswana. You might be surprised to learn that there’s little rainfall during the flooding season, which makes this a superb time for a safari. Especially since there are fewer mosquitoes around! It takes around six months for the water to flow through to the Okavango Delta, which is why the peak flooding in Botswana coincides with the height of the country’s dry season.
Photo credit: Charlie Potter
Safaris by mokoro become possible when the Okavango is flooded, with the length and depth of navigable channels and waterways becoming increasingly accessible with each passing day. This is a great way to get up close to some of the wild residents without being intrusive.
By June, the delta is packed with wildlife who come for the abundant water, with September and October being the best months for game viewing. The animals begin to disperse over greater distances from November as the floodwaters recede. Safaris are still excellent throughout the dry season, with birding being a particular highlight.