Ultimate eco tourism destination
Although vast, semi arid and empty, Botswana has prospered since independence and is comparatively well off in relation to its neighbours - especially those to the north. The economy relies on mining (Botswana supplies much of the world diamond supply), cattle ranching and tourism. Botswana is heavily reliant on South Africa for rail, air and sea links. The Okavango Delta in the north west of the country is a major attraction, the water levels rising and falling annually with the rivers originating in the Angolan highlands. Perennially short of water, the word for Botswana’s currency unit (one of the strongest currencies in Africa) is the same word for rain.
Best time to travel to Botswana
The dry season runs from mid April through to the end of October with the rainy or ‘Green Season’ from November through to mid April. The seasonal flood waters generally arrive in the Okavango Delta in June with the waters generally highest in July and Early August. The flood waters then start to recede from mid October onwards. Generally the best time for wildlife in the Delta is from May through to the end of October when animals are concentrated around the flooded areas.
October and November are the hottest months of the year with temperatures averaging 35 Deg C while June and July have cool nights with pleasant days in the mid 20’s.