Botswana’s climatic pattern
is typical of southern Africa-semi-arid. Though it is hot and dry for much of
the year, there is a rainy season, which runs through the summer months.
Rainfall tends to be erratic, unpredictable and highly regional.
The rains in Botswana come mostly between December and March when average minimum temperatures are in the low 20°s. Some days will be bright and sunny, some will have afternoon thunderstorms, and some will just be grey.
April and May in Botswana are generally lovely, with the sky clear and the landscape green. Night temperatures start to drop during these months, especially in the Kalahari. Places in and around the Okavango tend to have less extreme, more moderate temperatures than the drier areas of the Kalahari. June to August the night-time temperatures in drier areas can be close to freezing, but it warms up rapidly during the day when the sky is usually clear and blue. It’s now very much ‘peak season’ for most safari areas: the land is dry in most areas so the animals congregate around the few available water sources.
September and October temperatures
climb again, drying the landscapes and concentrating the game even more. This
is the best time for big game safaris – although October can
feel very hot, with maximum temperatures sometimes approaching 40°C.
difficult to predict, as it can sometimes be a continuation of October’s heat,
whilst sometimes it’s cooled by the first rains; it’s always an interesting
The Okavango Delta, Moremi
and Chobe are Botswana’s most popular parks. The best time to visit them is
from May to September, during the Dry season and winter, resulting in more
moderate temperatures. In addition, the Okavango is flooded from June to
October. Wildlife viewing is good year-round, but this can differ for some
parks. See below to learn when to visit which park.
Best Time: June to August (Okavango, Moremi, Chobe) March to May (Other, drier parks)
High Season: July to October (You will not feel too crowded, except for Chobe)
Low Season: December to April (Some lodges and camps close down)
Best Weather: April and May (Moderate temperatures, little to no rainfall and few clouds)
Worst Weather: October and November (Very hot) January and February (Peak of Wet season)