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Botswana in April

April

April is a period of transition, moving from the heat and rains of summer to winter’s milder conditions while presenting plenty of wildlife highlights such as migratory birds.

What's the weather going to be like in Botswana in April?

  • April may be the end of the wet season, but rains prevail in some parts – as rainfall decreases from Botswana’s north-east to the country’s south-east, its variability increases
  • Temperatures tend to be constant at approximately 86°F – there are very few clouds, so the heat can feel quite persistent
  • Sufficiently varied for us to recommend layered clothing and waterproofs just in case
  • Dry on the whole, pleasant days and cooler evenings
  • It is between summer and winter, transitioning from heat and rains to milder conditions

What are the highlights of visiting Botswana in April?

  • From April onwards, both weather and game viewing improve, so all safari properties are generally open now
  • Water holes decline in numbers as the amount of rainfall starts to cease, attracting impressive concentrations of wildlife
  • Newborn zebra and impala can be seen – as can the species that prey on them
  • Rates are lower than during other times of the year
  • As we’re still in green season, there’s less dust about
  • In many parks, the landscapes remain lush and colourful following the rains
  • Interesting cloud formations and the appearance of sunlight just after thunderstorms provide exciting opportunities for photography

Any lowlights?

  • Game walks and drives can still be tricky if wet
  • It might rain, but showers usually take place in the afternoons, so it’s dry for morning safaris
  • Mosquitoes remain with any rain
  • The only rivers flowing are the permanent rivers, so parks can dry out elsewhere
  • If the rainfall lingers, the wildlife can be harder to find due to greater availability of water sources

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