Botswana Climate


The climate of Botswana can be described as continental semi-arid. Due to the country’s location in the sub-tropical high pressure belt of the southern hemisphere in the interior of southern Africa far away from oceanic influences, rainfall is low and seasonal and diurnal ranges of temperature are high. The mean annual rainfall in Botswana varies from less than 250mm in the extreme southwestern part of the country to over 650mm in Kasane in the extreme north.

The highest mean monthly maximum temperatures range between 32 and 35 degrees C and are generally recorded in the month of October in the northern parts and January for the southern parts. The lowest mean monthly maximum temperatures, which range between 23 and 25 degrees C in the north and 21 and 23 degrees C in the southern regions are recorded in June and July. They tend to increase northwards and eastwards.

Botswana’s Seasons

Summer months are from November to March.  This is the rainy season – with rains building up gradually during the day resulting in thunderstorms. Some roads do become impassible during the rains. Although not regarded as a prime game viewing period all the migrant bird species have arrived and landscape photography is at its best. Game is generally dispersed.

From April to June days are hot with cooler nights and game viewing improves as wildlife starts to concentrate around waterholes and the bush starts thinning out.

From July to August (winter) game viewing is near its best, days are dry and hot and nights cool.

September and October are the hottest months and game viewing is at is prime, although the bush is extremely dry.

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