In Botswana, your safari experience can differ dramatically from season to season, each offering unique highlights. However, winter is generally recommended as the best time to visit Botswana for a reliably excellent game-viewing safari. But that does not mean you should discount the rest of the year! As the World’s Leading Safari Company, we at Rhino Africa know all of Botswana’s seasonal safari highlights at its great game reserves. We’ve been there for every season and are here to share exactly what you can expect.
June to October: Dry Winter Season
Winter is generally considered the best time to visit Botswana for game viewing. It’s the safari season because the bush is dried out and sparse by June, so visibility increases tenfold. Trees drop their leaves, and water sources disappear, thereby forcing wildlife to concentrate around permanent rivers. As a result, you can expect great variety and frequency of wildlife sightings, which is mainly why winter is considered the best time to visit Botswana.
What You Can Expect
Ironically, the Okavango Delta, fed by rainfall in the Angolan highlands, reaches its peak in the dry winter season. This, in turn, attracts large herds of plains game, with predators close on their heels. Therefore, you can enjoy water-based activities at your Delta safari lodge during this time, including the iconic mokoro experience. And the Chobe River, similarly peaking in mid-winter, is the only permanent water source in its namesake National Park. As a result, elephants and buffalo in their hundreds visit the river daily.
The southeast of Botswana benefits from similar increased visibility and game concentrations in the cool, dry winter months. Furthermore, the Makgadikgadi Salt Pans put on their finest display of desolate beauty. At the end of a long dry winter, spring is also an exciting time to go on safari, with wildlife concentrations at their greatest around what scarce water sources remain. Most notably, the Okavango Delta, Linyanti Marshes, Chobe River and Tuli Block offer excellent game viewing.
- Safari prime time with excellent game viewing
- Water-based safaris in the Okavango Delta
- Comfortable weather with warm, dry days
Winter is the best time to visit Botswana for first-time safaris because big game sightings are almost guaranteed. Furthermore, winter is also perfect for families who want to avoid the summer months with a higher malaria risk.
November to March: Green Summer Season
With the first spring thundershowers, which arrive in spectacular electrical fashion, the grass rebounds almost overnight. Starved of nutrients for months, the plains game therefore cannot resist the sweet new shoots of the open plains – predator country. Migrant birds also arrive with the first rains, which almost doubles the species count. At the same time, antelope calving usually begins in November, attracting the hungry attention of predators.
What You Can Expect
The beginning of Botswana’s rainy season sees tens of thousands of zebra and wildebeest gathering and migrating south towards the fresh, sweet grasslands of the Kalahari. Many plains game are of a similar mind and head south from their Chobe and Delta winter foraging. As you can expect, all this traffic attracts predators in great numbers. Cheetahs especially favour the vast expanses of the Kalahari flatlands, lions enjoy the additional cover of grass growth, and hyenas just love a good meal in any shape or form.
While the Makgadikgadi Pans fill with water, thousands of flamingos, pelicans and waders of every description flock to the Kalahari to feed and breed. The east of the country receives significantly less rainfall than its counterparts. Therefore, safaris in the Mashatu area and the Tuli Block remain excellent all year round. The region also has good accessibility and visibility while retaining the African summer’s lush, clear beauty. Therefore, for many guests, the green season is the best time to visit Botswana.
- Exceptional bird viewing with migrant birds arriving
- Calving season begins, resulting in high predator activity
- Flamingo breeding season in the Makgadikgadi Pans
Wildlife enthusiasts who enjoy the heat and summer thunderstorms, birders and photographers.
April and May: The Shoulder Season
April and May are a bit of a wildcard time to visit Botswana. The summer rains can retreat early, heralding the start of wintry game-viewing conditions. Or, on the other hand, it can also be a wet two months best spent in the game-rich Kalahari. Either way, autumnal April and May are reliably drier and cooler than the preceding summer months, with lush scenery and clear light but without the high heat and humidity.
What You Can Expect
In autumn, Botswana’s wildlife populations begin moving towards known permanent water sources. These predictable seasonal movements allow for good game viewing opportunities at the hands of your deeply knowledgeable safari guides and trackers.
Autumn doesn’t always grab the headlines for the best time to visit Botswana. But take the bigger picture, and you’ve actually got one of the best times to travel if you plan to explore the whole country. Visitor numbers are considerably lower than during the peak winter season. Furthermore, you can expect great accommodation specials, scenery, and game viewing. This is Botswana, after all!
- Fewer travellers means more exclusivity and specials
- Game viewing is excellent near permanent water sources
- Water levels in the Okavango Delta peak
Travellers who want to explore the whole country, those seeking a romantic honeymoon in the Delta, and photographers.
So, When is The Best Time to Visit Botswana?
To say Botswana is an excellent year-round safari destination may sound inconclusive, but it’s a simple truth. Some months are better for water-based safaris, whereas others promise more land-based game viewing. But no matter when you choose to visit Botswana, the safari experience is always, without fail, sensational.
Talk to our African Travel Experts about your own specific safari requirements and the best advice about the best time to visit Botswana – for you.
The host noted that the region was the most-parched in ages and that managing water was critical. So naturally, when the comedian showed a news segment about a proposed luxury housing development surrounding a 20-acre surfing lagoon in the California desert ― one of several wave-riding oases under consideration ― he was a tad peeved.
“That is just monumentally stupid,” he said.
OIiver snidely proposed ways the surfing lagoon could “go even further,” like “a wall of constantly flushing toilets, a hose that runs all day in the middle of a concrete parking lot, and of course” a man the show pays “to dump buckets of water on himself all day.”
Let Oliver quench your thirst for knowledge about the water shortage right here:
GlobalWebIndex (GWI) has just released its flagship global entertainment report that’s stuffed to the brim with all the trends you need to know about the entertainment world. GWI interviews over 700,000 internet users aged 16-64 across 47 markets each year. Respondents complete an online questionnaire that asks them a wide range of questions about their lives, lifestyles and digital behaviours.
If you’re on the hunt for inspiration, we’ve rounded up the Top 3 biggest entertainment trends in 2022 to look out for. Let’s have a look.
TikTok is the fastest-growing platform across all generations
TikTok is the fastest-growing social app across all age groups, swiftly becoming the go-to place for entertaining short-form content. According to the report, short-form video content beats out long-form across all generations, with the former growing 5% among baby boomers since Q1 2021.
The report noted that TikTok may have led the way initially for this type of snackable content, but Instagram’s Reels is quickly picking up speed in a very short space of time, growing 27% since Q4 2020. With consumers craving a more honest, less polished online experience, short-form is primed to give them what they want.
As services continue to battle it out to win consumers’ attention, brands need to stay focused on tailoring and optimising their video content experience to better meet consumers of all ages where they’re at and do it in a way that’s fresh and relevant.
Music streaming picks up steam
The data from the global entertainment report showed that the gap between music streaming and radio is wider than ever, with more older users getting their audio fix online. The report highlighted that 44% of fully-office-based or hybrid workers say they listen to music while commuting; of them, 38% browse social media at the same time. The report also showed that there’s been a 13% increase in baby boomers listening to music-streaming services each week in the space of one year alone.
For marketers still not persuaded to move the needle toward digital audio, now’s the time to craft campaigns to engage with the most affluent generation out there.
Online TV reaches peak subscription
Although movie streaming was a clear winner of the pandemic, it’s now struggling to sustain its growth as competition for new subscribers becomes fierce and new media formats take time away from the small screen.
Data from the report showed that in 2020, consumers globally spent 1 hour and 26m watching online TV on an average day. Fast forward to 2021, growth has slowed down since then, and this figure has shrunk to 56%.
With that said, advertisers and marketers should bear in mind that online TV is progressively snatching up a larger portion of the overall viewing time.
Mane has starred in the first two matches for the title-holders, scoring four goals, including a matchday one hat-trick against Benin.
Senegal players celebrate a goal. Picture: @CAF_Online/Twitter
JOHANNESBURG – Liverpool star Sadio Mane scored a penalty eight minutes into added time to give Senegal a dramatic 1-0 win over heart-broken Rwanda on Tuesday in 2023 Africa Cup of Nations qualifying.
Forced to play a home match in Senegal because they do not have an international-standard stadium, Rwanda were on the verge of holding a team ranked 116 places higher in the world.
But Mane rescued the Teranga Lions on 98 minutes, with a hard, low penalty that eluded the outstretched hand of goalkeeper Olivier Kwizera.
Mane has starred in the first two matches for the title-holders, scoring four goals, including a matchday one hat-trick against Benin.
Despite the huge rankings gap, Senegal took no chances against the Rwandan Wasps, who have qualified for the Cup of Nations only once in 13 attempts.
Coach Aliou Cisse chose seven of the team that started the final victory over Egypt in Cameroon four months ago and introduced two more off the bench.
Mozambique, who began their campaign by drawing with Rwanda, could close the gap behind Senegal to two points by winning away to bottom team Benin on Wednesday.
In Group H, Kings Kangwa rifled a free-kick into the net on 88 minutes to give Zambia a vital 2-1 victory over the Comoros in Lusaka.
Former African champions Zambia achieved success the hard way, coming from behind in a fast-tempo, foul-riddled regional showdown.
Serbia-based Ben Nabouhane took advantage of two defensive mix-ups to fire the visitors into a 13th-minute lead at a packed National Heroes Stadium.
KANGWA IS ZAMBIA HERO
Constant Zambian pressure paid off in first half added-time when a corner was partly cleared and Brighton and Hove Albion midfielder Enock Mwepu netted with a low shot through a crowd of players.
Comoros wasted several early second-half chances to get in front again and the misses came back to haunt them as Kangwa snatched a deserved victory.
Zambia needed maximum points after losing away to the Ivory Coast last Friday, the same day the Comoros won at home against Lesotho.
This group is the only one among 12 where the winners and runners-up do not qualify for the 24-nation tournament in June and July 2023.
The Ivory Coast qualify automatically as hosts, but are competing to gain competitive match practice rather than relying on friendly games.
This means only one team from Zambia, the Comoros and Lesotho will also go to the finals, and the Zambians are desperate to avoid failing to qualify for four straight Cup of Nations.
Burkina Faso, fourth at the Cup of Nations in Cameroon four months ago, have quickly taken control of Group B with maximum points from two matches while Cape Verde have three and Eswatini and Togo one each.
Dango Ouattara took his two-match tally to three goals with a brace as the Burkinabe stormed back after falling behind to beat Eswatini 3-1 in a virtually empty 95,000-seat Johannesburg stadium.
Eswatini had to play in neighbouring South Africa because they do not have an international-standard stadium – an issue that also affected Cape Verde and Rwanda.
Cape Verde hosted Togo in Moroccan city Marrakech – nearly 2,500 kilometres (1,500 miles) from their Atlantic island home – and won 2-0 with an added-time Jamiro Monteiro goal assuring victory.
PARIS (AP) — Kenzo’s designer, Nigo, found his groove for his sophomore collection at the LVMH-owned house, drawing vibrant parallels with house founder Kenzo Takada.
Nigo has made history as the first Japanese designer to front the house since Takada, who died in 2020.
But beyond the fashion, Nigo — who has made high profile collaborations with Pharrell — has real star attraction, once again pulling in top VIPs this season such as Justin Timberlake and Jessica Biel.
Here are some highlights of Sunday’s spring-summer 2023 menswear collections in Paris.
KENZO’S BACK IN THE GROOVE
Set in a college hall and with a pervading 70s, preppy vibe, Nigo channeled the dazzling colors and mix-and-match cultural fusion that became synonymous with the house’s origins.
Hanging from the roof were flags reading “Kenzo 1970.” For students of fashion, a reference not lost: This date was not only the year Takada presented his first fashion show in the Galerie Vivienne in Paris in front of his new shop, Jungle Jap, but it was also the year of Nigo’s birth.
Funky scarves, a take on Boy Scout styles, morphed into colored lapels on suits that riffed on uniform.
A bright yellow patch-loaded waistcoat had an African vibrancy and mixed with Breton striped scarves, nautical themes and Asian cross-over styles in jackets. It created a dynamic cultural melting pot.
But it was the quirkiness and humor that defined spring-summer in this strong show — thick woolen socks on canary yellow flip flops, crimson flower appliques and multicolored bowler hats.
Nigo, 51, is only the second Asian designer at the head of a European high fashion label, alongside Bally’s Filipino-American Rhuigi Villaseñor. His appointment continues to represent a milestone as the luxury industry wrestles more broadly with questions over racism and diversity.
Screaming and crying fans thronged both sides of Paris’ Palais de Tokyo noisily ahead of Celine’s Sunday night show. Yet they had not turned out for designer Hedi Slimane’s fashions, but for glimpse of one the world’s most adulated popstars: Kim Taehyung, aka V from BTS, the multimillion disc selling South Korean boy band.
Inside the venue, proceedings around the spring-summer collection staging were marginally calmer. Guests swigged on “CELINE” branded mini champagne bottles, as large abstract mirrors descended on cords from the ceiling reflecting light in all directions to funky rock music.
Adolescent models with shaggy hair stomped grumpily past, in the designer’s signature style, showcasing his early 70s styles that were on high the shimmer and riffed on LA rock.
Winklepickers and blue drainpipe jeans were capped with fringed black leather coats and shades — in the Franco-Tunisian’s designer’s tried-and-tested styles. Black, gently flared pants were used as a backdrop for statement fringed coats and jackets. One came in dazzling gold sequins.
Yet despite the razzmatazz, there was little new here in the designer’s repertoire. For Slimane, who shopped a similar aesthetic at Saint Laurent with panache, it is a case of “if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it.”
WOOYOUNGMI’S GENTLE CONTRADICTIONS
Sobriety met moments of punk — and the “late-1990s skateboarding community” — in South Korean designer Woo Young Mi’s collection on Sunday, held in the ornate interiors of Paris’ Musee des Arts Decoratifs.
Classy tailoring on suits, such as a double breasted number that opened the show with a delicate nip at the waists, contrasted with white sneakers and vests. It made for a deft play in contradiction.
Pants were a big theme — designed in a trendy 90s baggy style. They hung in a beautiful curved shape at the bottom of the leg.
There were moments of sensuality — and humor — throughout this 42-piece co-ed show that marked two decades since the brand was launched. One tactile and semi-transparent blue punk vest was worn by a model with greasy grungy hair who held a posh square leather bag.
THOM BROWNE’S INFINITE VARIATIONS
It was a performative runway occasion for suit-loving Thom Browne, as VIPs including Farida Khelfa — dressed head to toe in the designer’s garb — arrived theatrically to take their seats after the show had apparently begun. Guests were in stitches laughing at what seemed to be intentional choreography.
A strange retro voiceover then signaled the “real” show would commence — as a male model with giant, spiky punk hair strutted out in an ecru tailored jacket, tie and shorts.
Pastel gray tweeds in contrasting patterns – and with multitudinous layers that were completely unfit for the spring-summer season – followed. They were worn by a model with a decorative anchor covering his face holding a hound-shaped bag, and a “35” sign in the tradition of old-school couture, which featured numbered looks.
Stripy socks, tailored shorts, tweed skirts, black briefcases and patterned pastel suits in checks and stripes created what seemed like infinite variations on the same theme.
The Wet’suwet’en defending their land and waters against the colonial RMCP and fossil fuel pipelines.
Here is what I saw. I saw, for the first time in my life, human beings, the Wet’suwet’en, standing with their environment. Identifying with it.
Placing the quality of their environment — “you can drink this water right here … it feeds all our territories all the way down to the ocean” — as their life work, their integrity, their core mission and identity.
And right there and then, my whole cosmogony flipped upside down. Because those words, from Molly Wickam, Wet’suwet’en spokesperson, who is wrenchingly arrested at the end of the video, actually allowed me to ‘escape the confines’ of my previous understanding.
In my previous understanding, humans had a troubled, extractive and exploitative relationship with their environment. That history had ups and downs, inequalities and differentiated responsibilities, for sure, but the core fact of an abusive and damaging relationship was unquestioned.
My main hopes lay in a very speculative and uncertain possible change of paradigm, a change of heart. But here, there was evidence of a fundamentally different relationship, one that predates any civilisation I came from – which is: settlers, colonisers, Europeans way too much in their own dualistic Descartian heads, as I have come to learn.
And that fundamentally different civilisation had at its core the respect, love, and preservation of the environment they depended on. The people of that civilisation were willing to risk everything – arrest, harm, violence – to stop the damage of fossil fuel pipelines on their environment.
Quite simply, here were humans standing with their world, rather than against it. The landscape this opened to me was breathtaking: a future of life and purpose in accordance with our world, rather than one of conflict and doomed damage.
Quite simply, humanity became human. Humanity became possible. Humanity became real.
I didn’t have to exist in conflict with others and the air, water, mountains, forests, plants and animals that surround me. I could exist with them. On their side, and the side my child and his friends. I could be on the side of life. And everyone else could too: our human cultures could shift to the side of the living world we depend upon, that we relate to.
It struck me that the Wet’suwet’en hereditary chiefs have images of animals on their traditional cloaks. At the highest point of their human role, in their role of “honour” as Aristotle put it, they represent the animals living in the environment of their territories.
I am trying not to fetishize, idealize or appropriate a culture that is clearly not mine, and that I am still so far from understanding. I am trying to explain to you, whose culture may be close to mine, what it means to me to see humans, leaders of their communities, marching under the banner of the forms of life: amphibian, bird, plant, insect.
Scientifically, from the basic functioning of ecosystems, we know we are not separate from, and cannot live without, other forms of life. So seeing a culture that represents that interdependency, that relationship, at the highest level, made me realise that humanity has existed — and can exist again — far beyond Cartesian dualism.
Embarrassingly, the Wet’suwet’en resistance was not the only YouTube video that changed my life and worldview, in the few minutes it took to watch and take it in.
There is something about seeing and listening to other people, who are not lying, just communicating their core truths, that has an emancipatory power to take us far beyond where we were before.
The second video, unsurprisingly, was of Professor Robin Wall Kimmerer, a botanist and member of the Potawatomi nation.
» Recent Appoinments to key positions for Competitive Exams- India 2022
Recent Appoinments to key positions for Competitive Exams- India 2022
Expected Questions for 2022 UPSC , PSC exams, BANK exams, RRB, Postal assistant exams
1. Recently appointed chief of Intelligence Bureau (IB)?
Answer: Tapan Deka
2. Newly appointed Permanent Representative of India to the United Nations ?
Answer: Ruchira Kamboj(22/06/2022)
3.Recently appointed Vice Chairman of NITI Aayog ( National Institution for Transforming India)
Answer :Suman Bery(01/05/2022)
4.Newly appointed chief Executive officer of NITI Aayog
Answer: Parameswaran Iyer(from 30/06/2022)
5. Recently appointed Insurance Regulatory and Development Authority of India(IRDAI)?
Answer: Debasish Panda (15/06/2022)
6. Recently appointed chairman of Press Council of India?
Answer: Ranjana Prakash Desai(06/2022)
Answer: Ranjana Prakash Desai(06/2022)