Botswana in March

March

Come March, rains are ceasing and temperatures are cooling – but some moisture and heat remain. It’s a fantastic month for birding, and spectacular in its floral displays.

  • Day time maximum temperature = 31°C
  • Night time minimum temperature = 17°C
  • Average rainfall = 89mm
  • Average daylight = 12 hours

WHAT'S THE WEATHER GOING TO BE LIKE IN BOTSWANA IN MARCH?

  • It’s generally cooler at night, but the days are pleasant at approximately 30°C
  • March tends to witness the end of both the rains and the summer with high humidity
  • Temperatures start to decrease, but heat remains
  • Variable enough for travellers to pack lots of layers and waterproof clothes
  • Days are often dry and sunny with a possibility of isolated thunderstorms

WHAT ARE THE HIGHLIGHTS OF VISITING BOTSWANA DURING MARCH?

  • High availability of camps and lodges
  • Rates are lower than from May onwards – it’s a less expensive and quieter time to travel
  • Temperatures can feel increasingly comfortable as the month progresses
  • The fresh grass attracts a thrilling diversity of antelopes and numerous zebra from the woodland onto the savanna to give birth, resulting in dramatic interactions between predators and their prey – and smaller predators such as spotted hyena can also den and breed this time of year
  • Lots of species give birth, and regions including the Central Kalahari are at their best for wildlife viewing
  • This is the best time for birding, with many feathery friends displaying gorgeous breeding plumage – a wealth of Palaearctic and intra-Arctic migratory species can be seen
  • The marula trees are fruiting, providing nourishment for elephant
  • Spectacular floral scenes can be enjoyed
  • Keen photographers relish both the bright light March bestows and the darkness of the month’s afternoon storms

ANY LOWLIGHTS?

  • March is the worst month for mosquitoes and bugs in general, with the risk of contracting malaria particularly higher in the Chobe river/Zambezi region
  • Savanna grasses are long and there’s thick vegetation – this can bring about difficulties spotting game

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