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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 favor 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 90°F 4" 88°F 3" 88°F 2" 84°F 1" 81°F 0" 75°F 0" 75°F 0" 81°F 0" 88°F 0" 93°F 1" 91°F 2" 90°F 3"
Chobe National Park 88°F 5" 88°F 4" 88°F 3" 86°F 1" 82°F 0" 77°F 0" 79°F 0" 84°F 0" 91°F 0" 95°F 1" 91°F 2" 88°F 4"
Gaborone 90°F 3" 90°F 3" 86°F 2" 81°F 1" 75°F 0" 72°F 0" 72°F 0" 77°F 0" 84°F 0" 88°F 1" 88°F 2" 90°F 3"
Makgadikgadi Pans, Kalahari 88°F 3" 88°F 3" 86°F 2" 84°F 1" 81°F 0" 75°F 0" 75°F 0" 81°F 0" 88°F 0" 91°F 1" 90°F 2" 88°F 2"
Maun 90°F 4" 88°F 4" 90°F 2" 86°F 1" 82°F 0" 77°F 0" 77°F 0" 82°F 0" 90°F 0" 95°F 1" 91°F 2" 90°F 3"
The Okavango Delta 90°F 4" 88°F 4" 88°F 2" 86°F 1" 82°F 0" 77°F 0" 77°F 0" 82°F 0" 90°F 0" 95°F 1" 91°F 2" 90°F 3"

Month-by-month guide to traveling in Botswana

Crocodile, Chobe National Park, Botswana

Visiting Botswana in June

Midwinter in Botswana is nothing like it might be in the higher latitudes of the Northern Hemisphere, so you can expect beautifully warm days without being sweltering, and only the nights approach anything close to freezing. The shrinking waterholes are the focus for both prey and predators alike, making game easy to spot.

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