The most popular time to visit the area is during the dry months from May to November, when animals have to venture to watering holes and the river’s edge to find something to drink – making for dramatic game viewing
with some incredible sightings.
But while this certainly is a good time to visit the Chobe, that’s not to say you won’t have a memorable experience if you go in the opposite “green” season, when the rains come between December and March. In fact, thereare lots of advantages to visiting the area in these months.
Here are just a few:
1. Revitalising rains
Beautiful hot days are interrupted by afternoon thunder showers, which quench the dry earth, transforming the grass into a vivid green with bright blooms of flowers. After the rains, the cicadas chirp happily, while the sun sets against fascinating cloud formations. Besides being incredibly beautiful to experience, this is also ideal for avid photographers! While the odd day may be overcast or a bit rainy, this won’t stop you from doing any of your planned activities such as birdwatching or fishing.
2. Thriving wildlife
With the longer grass and denser bush, you’ll have to keep your eyes open to see the animals hidden within, but you may also spot things you wouldn’t ordinarily see in the dry season. Imagine seeing an impala being born, or a tiny zebra taking their first shaky steps into the world? You may also witness predator sightings, which are generally more frequent in the wet season, as lions or leopard stalk the vulnerable baby animals.
3. The best bird watching
During the wet season, bird migrations from Europe, Asia and further north in Africa to the Chobe area mean that the bird population surges by an incredible 20%. There is so much more to look at!
4. Lower prices, fewer people
The green season is not as crowded in terms of visitors, so as a guest, you’ll enjoy more personal and customised interactions with guides or hotel staff, and get to have more experiences, all to yourself. Many hotels offer great deals over the off-peak season that would be a shame to pass up.
Whenever you choose to visit the Chobe, you’re in for an unforgettable travel and wildlife experience. Happy planning and happy packing!