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Elephants at waterhole

When is the best time to visit Botswana?

Botswana's dry season is between May and October, when you can expect warm, sunny days and chilly nights. Confusingly, this is also when the water levels in the Okavango Delta are at their highest, creating the waterways and channels Botswana is famed for. The green season from November to April is a great time to travel if you don't mind the odd shower, as visitor numbers and prices are lower, the scenery pops with verdant foliage and animals give birth to their young.

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Many people travel to Botswana from July onwards, but I favour June when the weather is reliable and the game viewing is sensational. It's quieter and you can avoid peak season costs at many camps. Regardless of the time of year, the wildlife and scenery in Botswana will not disappoint.

Russell, Africa Safari Specialist

Botswana Climate Guide

Destination Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
Central Kalahari 32°C 94mm 31°C 68mm 31°C 51mm 29°C 28mm 27°C 5mm 24°C 1mm 24°C 0mm 27°C 1mm 31°C 5mm 34°C 19mm 33°C 44mm 32°C 65mm
Chobe National Park 31°C 128mm 31°C 110mm 31°C 67mm 30°C 18mm 28°C 2mm 25°C 0mm 26°C 0mm 29°C 0mm 33°C 1mm 35°C 25mm 33°C 42mm 31°C 101mm
Gaborone 32°C 85mm 32°C 79mm 30°C 61mm 27°C 33mm 24°C 11mm 22°C 4mm 22°C 4mm 25°C 4mm 29°C 12mm 31°C 37mm 31°C 58mm 32°C 72mm
Makgadikgadi Pans, Kalahari 31°C 76mm 31°C 79mm 30°C 44mm 29°C 22mm 27°C 1mm 24°C 0mm 24°C 0mm 27°C 0mm 31°C 4mm 33°C 21mm 32°C 44mm 31°C 62mm
Maun 32°C 109mm 31°C 102mm 32°C 61mm 30°C 26mm 28°C 5mm 25°C 1mm 25°C 0mm 28°C 0mm 32°C 4mm 35°C 19mm 33°C 47mm 32°C 84mm
The Okavango Delta 32°C 106mm 31°C 105mm 31°C 59mm 30°C 25mm 28°C 1mm 25°C 1mm 25°C 0mm 28°C 0mm 32°C 4mm 35°C 21mm 33°C 50mm 32°C 84mm

Month-by-month guide to travelling in Botswana

Hippo in the Okavango Panhandle

Visiting Botswana in November

It is hot around the clock, and for the first part of the month the land is usually dry and dusty, until the rains come to soak up the dust and bring greenery back to the landscape. Plenty of young are born in this period, and are consequently picked off by the attendant predators.

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