Autumn and winter run from April to end September each year. When autumn arrives, the rainfall disappears and days are characterized by clear blue skies and cold nights, reaching daily temperatures of around 23 degrees Celsius (73 degrees Fahrenheit) and nights plummeting close to zero degrees Celsius (32 degrees Fahrenheit).
As the numerous water pans, created by the summer rainfall, dry up, herbivores concentrate around the more permanent waterholes of the Okavango with often dramatic scenes of rivalry, especially amongst elephant breeding herds, as they jostle to quench their thirst. The once green summer grass, turns to dry savanna. Perfectly camouflaged lions opportunistically pounce on herbivores as they get weaker towards the end of winter with fewer food sources around.
Animals are easier to spot in these months with the vegetation sparser and the concentration of animals around waterholes highest. Mother Nature continues to amazes us with her cycle of miracles: as the rainfall disappears so the flood waters which have traveled from the Angolan mountains reach the panhandle of the Okavango Delta in early May. In July the flood waters are at their peak throughout the Delta and ever new pathways for mokoro boat rides are carved out as the water extends her reach. The first migrant bird species arrive in September and it’s also the best season for Tiger fishing.