Pula! 5 pure adjustments with the arrival of the rains in Botswana

The phrase ‘Pula’ have to be the favorite phrase of the Batswana (the individuals of Botswana). It’s so valued that it’s the title of their forex, the pleasant expression used to convey ‘Cheers!’, and it interprets actually as ‘rain’. In complete, 80 per cent of the nation is semi-arid Kalahari desert, and the beginning and size of the wet season are in no way dependable – due to this fact, each bathe or sprinkle is a blessing! It’s a magical time of 12 months when the lengthy and very scorching dry season involves an finish, so listed below are 5 fantastic adjustments to have a good time because the rain arrives:

Migration and new life

The rains can sign the migration and delivery of many species. Animals now not need to depend upon everlasting our bodies of water and are aided by the multitude of pure waterholes that replenish with the rain. They enterprise off into the contemporary inexperienced horizon with confidence. Migratory birds paint the skies with totally different colors and unfamiliar shapes as they transfer in for the summer time. Impala antelope are recognized for his or her synchronised breeding and births, seemingly properly timed for after the rains have arrived and for his or her lambs to have one of the best likelihood of survival. The delivery of all of those new animals after all supplies plenty of new meals for predators. It’s a nice time to be in considered one of Botswana’s wonderful safari camps to witness this particular time of the 12 months.


As quickly because the rains fall on the mopane and Kalahari apple leaf vegetation of the Chobe and Linyanti areas, there’s a fast transformation. At some point it’s dry, brown and desolate; the subsequent it’s bursting with a verdant inexperienced lifeforce. The distinction is unbelievable and fairly a sight in case you are fortunate sufficient to be in both space on the proper time.


For a lot of, the rains sign an journey. The tracks might be flooded, making driving a bit trickier. On the Makgadikgadi pans, the cotton soil might be treacherous for even one of the best off-road autos. The safari guides within the area are consultants at judging the situations, and the actions on supply at lots of the safari reserves are not often affected. Thunder and lightning does add a beautiful environment to a day spent on this huge and wild a part of the world, and the sounds of the African wilderness at evening resonate that significantly better with the odd rumble of thunder.

The top of ‘suicide month’

October in southern Africa is named ‘suicide month’ because of the considerably insufferable temperatures. When the rains arrive, usually in November, there’s a marked lower to a extra bearable temperature, and this may be fairly a reduction for each animal and human residents.


Clouds are a beautiful ingredient to a good looking sundown. As stunning because the fiery pink, dry season sunsets might be, the variation of sunshine as it’s refracted by the clouds whereas the solar drops to the horizon is one thing to behold. It provides an entire new dimension to the surroundings. Northern Botswana is a outstanding pure and geological space however it’s fairly flat, so nice cumulonimbus clouds can seem like mountains in what is generally an enormous empty blue sky.

Julian Carter-Manning is a Co-founder and MD at Yellow Zebra Safaris.

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