Many people ask us when the best time of year is to be at Mombo for the best wildlife viewing. The answer is simply impossible to give, there are benefits to each time of year and to each season. Peak season is from July to October, but there is no doubt that Mombo, Little Mombo and this surrounding area of the Moremi Game Reserve provides consistently stunning game viewing all year round.
One of the main reasons is that the vast majority of wildlife around Mombo is resident, roaming throughout the Moremi concession but rarely leaving it. The predators for example, especially lion and leopard, (which have made Mombo so well known) are resident to the Mombo Concession and have become well known to the guides in camp; they can be seen throughout the year.
Overall, it is true to say that Mombo has some of the best safari in Africa for the entirety of the year. The concentrations of all the predators and plains game fluctuates but not to a significantly noticeable effect. As one client once said, 'if I were an animal this is where I'd live!' and the reality is that that is true; the vast majority of game really has no reason to leave.
Weather wise, Botswana's climate is subtropical with large fluctuations of temperature between day and night and low rainfall throughout the year. September and October are the hottest months, with temperatures peaking at over 40 degrees Celsius in October. This time of year also heralds the arrival of the very first rains that continues through to March, petering out at the end of the month. The wettest months are January and February, if you are looking for the best safari in Africa in these months, it is worth visiting the great migration in the Serengeti. A Tanzania Safari on the southern plains of the Serengeti is a truly awesome experience being amongst millions of Wildebeest. With all that said, and taking into consideration the fact that you will not just be visiting Mombo, the best time of year to visit the country is between May and October, when the Delta is in flood, the temperature is perfect and game viewing is at its most spectacular. If you look at April and May, you can get reduced rates and an equally brilliant and beautiful Delta experience as to high season when you pay double the price. November and December also make great times to be on safari because of the noticeable transformation of the habitat and all the newborn that spring to life at the first drop of rain.