The Okavango Delta in September
September sees a change in climate as winter has all but drawn to a close
The temperature starts to rise and by the end of the month 30 degrees + during the day and 15 at night is quite normal. The sun shines brightly in the blue sky and it’s dry and hot!
The waters from Angola have finished their annual trek south and the water levels begin to subside. This is the time for keen fisherman to grab their rods and fish for predatory tiger fish, the famous barbel run takes place every September, the Panhandle is a popular place for fishermen at this time of year.
It gets hotter, drier and more dusty as the month goes on. It’s not considered the best time for birding, however it is now that carmine bee eaters return from their winter feeding grounds. Their vibrant feathers are a beauty to behold. Towards the end of the month, some other migrant birds will start to arrive.
The drier climate also means there are fewer mosquitos which is always a bonus and the vegetation is sparse which makes for excellent game viewing.
“I never knew of a morning in Africa where I woke up and was not happy” Ernest Hemmingway
The huge herds of elephant and buffalo seem to keep on coming. This is a time of plenty for predators as the animals congregate where the water sources are, making the prey easy pickings.
In summary, September is a good time of year to visit for an all-round safari – you can’t go wrong!