Botswana – whilst September sees the end of the distinctly nippy winter nights – and the last of the annual Okavango floodwaters – October sees summer return with a vengeance. Daytime temperatures often approach 40C and quickly dry out the grasses; it’s a long two months until the summer rains arrive and until then game concentrates close to the Okavango’s permanent water channels. Elephants begin their northward migration to their usual summers haunts in the Linyanti region (and beyond) of the Chobe National Park.
The Kalahari is not really a hot spot for game in October, well not in the same way as the Okavango or Chobe, but sightings of predators are often excellent, especially cheetah, which are made for the wide open pans …………or perhaps vice versa. Also towards the end of the month, the first migratory birds will start arriving, as will the first of the summer rains.
My favourite camps to visit in the Botswana at this time would be Little Vumbura as it is located on a permanent water channel and offers the widest possible range of activities
Chobe Savanna Lodge, for its boutique feel and excellent location on the Chobe River – technically though the lodge is in Namibia!