The weather in Botswana

Situated in Southern Africa, Botswana is a landlocked country and as close to safari perfection as you can get. With a subtropical desert climate, Botswana has great differences between its day and night temperatures, with low humidity generally.

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Botswana has Winter and Summer seasons at opposite times of the year to Europe and North America. With almost no rain for 6 months of the year, the Winter/ dry season in Botswana is from May to October. The wettest months are during the Summer in December to March, with rains moving in from November to December and back out during March and April.

Botswana Safaris - best times to visit...

Here is a general guide for the best times to visit for some of Botswana's' popular activities:

  • Photography: Scenery in the 'green' season from December to February and wildlife in dry season May to September.
  • Horticulture: December and February is the 'green' season.
  • Safari: All year. Peak season is May to September.
  • Mokoro Rides: July and August
  • Bird watching: January is breeding season for migratory birds
  • Shoulder Season Rates: April

Please contact the Mahlatini team if you have a question about the Botswana climate and the choice of luxury accommodation we offer.

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