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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 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

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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