Makgadikgadi – Nxai Wildlife Calendar
December – March
This is the rainy season, and most of the migratory wildlife will have already arrived in the Makgadikgadi and Nxai Pans, making for great game viewing. The dry land blossoms with the much needed rainfall, attracting wildlife in abundance to the fresh green grass and good water supply. There is also an influx of migratory birds during the wet season, making it a spectacular sight for birders.
As most of the annual rainfall is expected during these months, it is, however, low season for going on to the Salt Pans themselves, although game viewing is impressive on the outskirts. Most lodges suspend quad bike activities and overnight expeditions on to the salt pans during this time, as the ground becomes waterlogged and driving becomes impossible.
April – July
April is just after the rainy season and a lovely time of year to see the Makgadikgadi and Nxai Pans. The salt pans themselves may still be too wet in April, but from May onwards the change of season to Winter makes it a prime time to visit. The clear Winter skies make for
July is also one of the best times to visit the Makgadikgadi National Park, as the zebra and wildebeest will have arrived in full force after their migration from the Salt Pans at the start of the dry season.
August – November
Coming towards the end of winter in the Makgadikgadi and Nxai Pans, and if time permits then this area makes for a stark contrast with the wetlands of the Okavango, and a great inclusion in a safari. Due to the large number of pumped waterholes in both Nxai Pan and the Makgadikgadi, many wildlife have been encouraged to stay in this region and so wildlife is enjoyable all year round.
November marks the start of the rainy season and (dependent exactly on when the first rains fall) is another time to witness the zebra and wildebeest migration, where over 25,000 zebra migrate from the Boteti River in the Makgadikgadi National Park towards to the fresh new grazing on the edge of the salt pans.