When to go to Chobe National Park

Best Time To Go To Chobe | When To Go To Chobe National Par

When you are looking to travel to such a place as Sub-Saharan Africa, the chances are you are not hoping to be rained on. African holidays are made up mostly by time in the wilderness on safari and on the beach in a little slice of Indian Ocean paradise. For a safari, it is generally better to travel in the drier months which are, as a rule of thumb, usually in the British Summer Time of end of June – October. Very sweepingly, this is when most of the parks in both east and southern Africa are drier, making the animals forced to congregate around waterholes and easier to spot generally. Of course, there are exceptions to this rule. Some travellers may want to see the African bush in all it’s green glory in rainy season, catch some rare wildlife experiences whilst paying low season rates… Essentially it is completely down to you and to which individual park you are going to, but if wildlife viewing and brilliant beach time is a priority then the classically dry months are generally speaking a safe bet.

Chobe National Park in Botswana falls into the general pattern of a classic southern Africa climate. From the end of October the rains begin, and they don’t really stop until the end of April, so the best time to go is from May/June until October. The further you wait to go in this period the better the wildlife will be; the park gets drier and drier and so the wildlife is easier to spot. Waiting until early October for instance would mean incredible wildlife, but as a warning, southern Africa gets very hot in this month! Because they have technically no rain in their winter months the humidity builds and builds before reaching breaking point in November, so definitely avoid October if you don’t like the heat. Though, the wildlife is fantastic in these months so if seeing the most animals is your priority then it should also be considered.
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