For game viewing, the green season – late November, December, January, February and March – isn’t the best time to visit Botswana as wildlife disperses, although elsewhere there are more young animals present at this time.
Across Southern Africa, in the winter months of June, July and August, animals come out in force as they vie for water holes and foliage struggles to bloom, so a lot of wildlife is easier to spot. In the warmer months, however, you’ll feel a great sense of satisfaction when you do spot something prowling in the bush.
September and October are dry, hot and dusty months with not much in the way of birdlife, but they also bring less vegetation and animals cluter around the available water sources – so it’s much easier to spot wildlife. Bonus: there are also fewer mosquitoes
March is very wet in Botswana and to a lesser extent in Namibia, although rainstorms tend to be confined to afternoon showers, especially as you enter into the month of April. May signals the start of the dry season with clear skies and moderate temperatures.
Conversely, Cape Town has the opposite rainfall patterns. It is wet in winter, with hot, dry and surprisingly windy summers.