In northern Namibia and Botswana, October and November heralds the start of summer and the chance of a small amount of rain and with it some greenery to the desert of the region.
Temperatures soar to around 33 degrees centigrade, although the Etosha, Makgadikgadi and Kalahari can be considerably hotter. The salt pans are at the dustiest and the animals concentrate around the available water sources, the banks of the Chobe and Zambezi Rivers are teeming with wildlife.
The red chested cuckoo with its familiar “piet-my-vrou” and other migratory birds that have wintered in the northern hemisphere will be seen across Southern Africa again.
East Africa experiences a sporadic and short rainy season from October through to December and in our experience one of the more dramatic times to visit the region.