Seasons and Weather
Botswana’s climate is semi-arid, which means it is mostly dry throughout the year although the country does also experience a short wet spell. Broadly speaking, the weather can be distinguished as two particular seasons.
During the summer months of November to April, Botswana experiences its ‘green season’ and the weather can be very hot. Throughout most of these months, the rains are mostly short afternoon showers, with the only continuous rainfall occurring during January and February. Although wildlife is harder to spot amongst the verdant vegetation, the scenery is spectacular at this time.
The wet season also sees many of the herbivore species, including impala and wildebeest, give birth to their young and, alongside these cute newborns, there’s an abundance of migratory bird species to spot. December to April is considered the low season, with rates for services and visitor numbers tending to be lower. Be aware that some lodges and camps also close down during the wettest months.
The winter months of May to October bring a cool change, yet it is still reasonably warm with mostly pleasant average temperatures. There are fewer mosquitoes, however the early mornings and evenings may be cold and frosty. Therefore it’s advisable to pack warm clothing for morning game drives, particularly during June, July and August. Rainfall is rare during this period and so winter in Botswana coincides with the dry season.
This is considered the best time to visit as less vegetation makes it easier to spot wildlife, with large groups of animals congregating around waterholes and rivers. July to October is the peak season in Botswana for these reasons. However, despite most tourists visiting at this time, the parks still feel relatively uncrowded.
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