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    CAPRIVI STRIP

    N O R T H E R N B O T S WA N A

    OKAVANGO DELTA

    MAUN

    EAGLE I S LAND CAMP

    MOREMI W I LDL I F E RESERVE

    (XAXABA I S LAND)

    KHWAI R IVER LODGE

    SAVUTE E LEPHANT CAMP

    NAMB IA

    CHOBENAT IONAL PARK

    VICTOR IA FALLS

    KASANE

    L IV INGSTONE

    ZAMB IA

  • JANUARYThe bush is alive with activity.

    January is the middle of the rainy season with spectacular afternoon thunderstorms. Daytime temperatures are warm, averaging 86F (30C). Night time averages are 68F (20C).

    Peakbreedingtimeformanycolourfulmigrantbirdspecies Excellentwildflowersandbrilliantgreenfoliageabound Constantsoundsdayandnightfrominsectsandbirds Gameviewingisaveragewithactivepredatorschasingthe fast developing young of their prey species Anidealmonthforphotographyenthusiastswithbrilliant coloursanddramaticskies Predatorsaremoreeasilyseenbytheirpreyspeciesandhaveto workhardforameal,whilepreyspeciesenjoyatimeofplenty

    FEBRUARY The Okavango Delta is brilliant, noisy and alive.

    The rains continue in the form of afternoon thunderstorms with dramaticskiesandsounds.Daytimetemperaturescanreachupto104F(40C)butaveragearound86F(30C).Thenightsarealsowarm,averaging68F(20C).Therecanbebothwetanddryspells during this month.

    Ripefigsareeatenbymanyspeciesincludingfruitbats,who makeinterestingnightsoundswhilefeeding Waterliliesareattheirfloweringpeak Colourfulandnoisyreedfrogsareabundant Allplantsaregrowingactivelyduetotherain Butterflies,birds,frogsandsmallcreaturesareattheirmost active Thegiantbullfrogemergesfrommonthsandsometimesyears ofhibernationtoindulgeinnocturnalfeedingfrenzies Theresidentgamespeciesdonothavefartogoforwaterand the young are almost as tall as the adults

    MARCHVisit now and see the migration moving North through the Savute.

    Temperaturesarestillwarmbothdayandnightbuttheairisdrierand rains less frequent.

    Witnesshundredsofzebraandwildebeestmovingthroughthe Savute marshlands Hearthecallsofthelastofthemigratorybirdsbeforethey move to the northern hemisphere InMoremitheMarulatreesarefruitingwhichattractsbull elephants who wander from tree to tree in search of their favourite meals Thestartoftheruttingleadstothesleekmaleimpala cavorting to attract females

    OCTOBERTemperatures soar and game viewing is exceptional.

    Daytimetemperaturesriseregularlyabove104F(40C)andnights are warm with averages in the high 60s (high teens Celcius).

    Morninggameviewingactivitiesbeginveryearlyandnight drives depart later to avoid the heat of the day Thepervadingdustmakesallscenesdramatic Predatorchaseseruptintocloudsofdustastheeternalgame ofeatorbeeatenplaysoutdailyonthewideopenplains Therearefishingfrenzieswiththeannualcatfishruninthe rivers TheGodikweheronryisinfullactivitywiththousandsofbirds breedingandnesting

    NOVEMBERA wonderful time for photographers as there is excellent colour,

    action and visibility.

    Temperaturesremainhighbothdayandnight. Gameviewingcontinuestoimproveuntilthedayofthefirst rains,normallyaroundmidNovember Theanimalsallseekanendtothedrynessanddust.Oncethe rain comes, they disperse to feed on the new vegetation anddrinkfromtheseasonalpans Theantelopebirthingseasonbeginswithtsessebe,followedby impala and lechwe Predatorsseekoutthevulnerableyoungandkillmanytimesa daytogettheirfillwhichmeansplentyofaction Treesburstintolifeandshortgreengrassbeginstoappear Excellentvisibility

    DECEMBERThe pans remain full and the colours shine in brilliant green.

    Therainsbecomemoreregularwiththunderstormseveryfewdays.

    Theimpalacompletetheirlambing Thewildebeestfinishcalvingwithinafewweeks Protein-richgrassesfeedmotherantelopeswhilethelambs and calves grow at astounding speed Whilegrazersenjoythegreen,tendermouthfuls,the predatorsarevigilant.Withtheirwintercamouflagemaking themstandout,theyhavetoworkharderfortheircatch Thebushbecomesdenserprovidingmorehidingplacesfrom whichpredatorscanstalktheirprey Allthemigrantbirdshavereturned

    APRILThe first signs of the changing season appear.

    Nighttimetemperaturesdroptobelow68F(20C)onaveragebutdaytimetemperaturescontinuetoriseupto104F(40C)onsome days.

    Coolermorningtemperatureswithrelativelyhighhumidityleadsto earlymorningmistespeciallyoverthewater Theimpalarutisinfullswingandtheimpalanoisecontinuesright throughthenightwithmajorclashesbetweenrivalmales Baboonsareoftenseenwithimpalaastheyassistwiththesafety of the preoccupied antelope Thetreeshavecompletedfloweringandfruitisripeningoverwith massive sausages hanging from the Sausage Trees Thereptilesareactivelybreedingandfeedingin anticipation of the dry spell ahead

    MAYFlood waters from Angola start to reach the top

    of Okavango Delta and begin their slow, deliberate progress through the Delta.

    The rains are over and the nights are cooler with temperatures averaging59F(15C).Daytimetemperaturesremainwarmbuthavelosttheiredgewithmaximumtemperaturesseldomexceeding95F(35C)jacketsareadvisablefornightdrives.

    Thebuffalobegintogroupintolargeherdsandvisitthepermanent waterholesmoreoftenastheseasonalpansbegintodry Breedingherdsofelephantincreasesindensitydailyastheyvisit the permanent waters Greencoloursstarttofadeintothedullerdryseasoncolours Thepredatorsbegintothriveagainastheircolouringblendsin with their surroundings Migratorybirdsbegintheirarduousflightstowinterfeedingand breedinggrounds

    JUNEWinter an exciting time in Botswana.

    Temperatureshavedroppedtotheircoldestbytheendofthemonthwithnighttemperaturesreachingaslowas41F(5C).Itisverycoldon early morning and night drives due to wind chill. Daytime temperaturesriseuptoacomfortable77F(25C)anddustydryconditionsbegintodominatetheregion.

    TheAfricanwilddogsbegintosearchfortheirdens.Oncethey have denned these endangered animals are easy to view for 34months Somegreenbushesandtreespersist,howevermostarebeginning to lose their leaves Animalsandtheirpredatorsnowconcentrateatthepermanent waterholes Pansaredyingupacrosstheregion

    JULYAn abundance of animals congregate near the water and floodplains making it a special time of the year.

    ThenightsarestillcoldbutthedaysaremarginallywarmerandtheweatherbecomestypicalofBotswanasunnyandclear.

    ThefloodsarriveintheOkavangoDeltaandotherareasaftera slowpathfromthewetAngolanhighlandsthousandsof kilometresaway Watermakesitswayintoareasthatweredrythedaybefore Mekoroandboattripsbecomemoreexcitingasnewplacescan nowbeaccessed Softearlymorningandeveninglightcombinewithdusttoprovide excellentphotoopportunities

    AUGUSTThere is plenty of action around with patience

    and perseverance, the rewards are great.

    Theweatheriswarming,evenatnight,withdaytimepeaksaveragingnear 86F (30C) and night time averages rising to 50F (10C).

    Animalherdsaregettinglarger Limitedspacenearthewaterleadstotensionbetweenbreeding herds of elephant Thenightsarefilledwithelephantsounds ThebushisbareanddustpervadesthroughouttheregionBirdssuchasheronsandstorksstarttoconcentrateatthe Godikweheronryandbeginnest-buildingThefloodshavepassedthroughtheDeltaandreachasfar southasMaun

    SEPTEMBERThe climate has changed again and winter is all but gone.

    Nighttimetemperaturesriserapidlywithinthemonthandbymonthsend, with averages reaching 59F (15C) and daytime temperatures soaring well into the 80s (high 20s).

    Thesunshines,theskiesareclearanditisextremelydry Theelephantandbuffaloconcentrationsarestillgreat Thepredatorsarebusyastheseasontakesitstollonprey speciesatimeofplentyforthelions Carminebee-eatersandothermigrantbirdsreturnfrom winter grounds WaterlevelsslowlystarttodropasthewatersfromAngola subside Fishbegintogetactiveagain

    NORTHERN BOTSWANA MAP AND SAFARI CALENDAR

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