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Traveler Guide to Seasons & Weather in Botswana

Dry Season in Botswana

Winters in Botswana (May to August) are cool, sunny and dry, with daytime highs hovering around 68ºF (20ºC). Winters, along with the transitional seasons, are the best time to visit Botswana in terms of comfort and to spot wildlife. At night, temperatures typically drop to 41ºF (5ºC) during the night, but occasional cold spells can send plunge below freezing, especially in southwestern Botswana.
Average Temperature °C = 16°C Average Temperature °F = 60°F

Transitional Seasons in Botswana

The seasons between rainy and dry (April to May & September to October) are, along with the dry season, the best time to visit Botswana. During this time you are most likely to see Botswana’s safari wildlife gathering around the region’s few watering holes and dams. The days are pleasant with very little rain, and during these months the nights aren’t as cold as they are in winter.
Average Temperature °C = 21°C Average Temperature °F = 70°F

Rainy Season in Botswana

Summers in Botswana (November to March) are hot and rainy. During the day, temperatures can reach 100ºF (38ºC), and drop to only 68-77ºF (20-25ºC). Luckily, the rain and cloud cover offer some reprieve for short periods.
This is also the rainy season and the days bring occasionally bring thunderstorms and high humidity, though any lingering precipitation are quick to evaporate in the heat and sun of late afternoon. Rainshowers are micro-regional and can be difficult to predict, with more rain falling in the north, and much less in the Kalahari Desert. The rainy season peaks in January and February.
WanderFact: In the local language of Setswana, the word Pula means both rain, and is the name of the Botswana currency.
Average Temperature °C = 25°C Average Temperature °F = 77°F