Botswana is not a cheap safari option—many of its luxury lodges cost up to $1000 per person per night. Gulp. But travelers willing to endure the odd downpour can nab a bargain when the tourist hordes have headed home. November to April is euphemistically dubbed ‘green season’—rain is frequent and the resultant thick vegetation can make wildlife harder to spot—but it’s also when lodges offer significant discounts and landscapes are lushest, attracting myriad birds. Many animals give birth at this time of year too, and a good guide will point out plenty of healthy young babies, plus the predators inevitably skulking nearby, looking for an easy lunch.
Reproduced with permission from 1000 Ultimate Adventures © 2013 Lonely Planet.