The months from November to March are usually the quietest when it comes to seeing animals on safari in Botswana and other southern African countries. Animals are generally more scarce during these months and harder to spot — since there is more water available, they don’t all congregate around single water sources, and the heat causes them to move less and hide in the lush bushes.
The start of the rainy season, however, is also the time of the year when babies are being born in the bush. If you travel through Botswanan game reserves you will find many youngsters with their mothers, from lion cubs to baby buck. Here are a few that were spotted during early December 2014 — some very young and still gathering their bearings, and others a bit older with their bush cred already established.