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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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Month-by-month guide to traveling in Botswana

Storks, Botswana

Visiting Botswana in January

January is hot, with long sunny spells punctuated by short, tempestuous thunderstorms when it can be a good idea to settle back under canvas with a drink to watch the lightning illuminate the sky. This time of year sees migratory birds breeding and the young of the grazers growing quickly on the lush grass, giving predators the runaround.

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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"

Trip ideas and travel guides to exploring Botswana

Mobile Tented Camp, Chobe National Park
Botswana
Footsteps across the Delta. Walking Safari
Botswana
Russell motorboating in the Linyanti Wetlands, Botswana

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