The heat is scorching now with the average afternoon high at 98 degrees and nights are warm too, averaging in the 70s, but many feel it’s worth pushing through to enjoy some of the most dramatic wildlife viewing of the year. You’ll have an excellent chance to spot predators like lions and leopards as well as elephants, which descend on the waterholes and rivers in huge numbers. The heronries will be very active too, with hundreds of birds breeding and nesting. If it’s very dry, water activities may not be possible, however, and lodges will be further from the water.
November can be a bit unpredictable, but the rain usually starts up again around the middle of the month, cooling things off a bit. Some years, however, it will be dry which means visibility of predators is still good for wildlife viewing. Once the rains arrive, often with dramatic thunderstorms, the animals tend to disperse, and they become harder to see with the vegetation thickening and the landscapes becoming green once again. It can be an ideal time for photography and many babies are born now too, including impala and tsessebe. You might spot predators as they seek out the young and vulnerable.
The rains are more regular now and thunderstorms tend to occur every few days with grazers enjoying the chance to drink while predators keep an eye on them, stalking the vulnerable. The dramatic skies make for striking photographs, but safaris are frequently rained out and as the water levels are typically low, there are no boat trips. It is a wonderful time for babies who will be growing quickly, feeding on their mother’s rich milk, but it can be hard to spot them as they hide among the thick vegetation. Birdwatching is excellent with all the migrant birds here once again.