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The best time to visit Botswana

The best time to visit Botswana depends on where you are travelling and what you are after. Peak season runs from July to the end of October, which is considered to be the optimum time for big wildlife viewing.

December to March is the hot rainy season, but excellent for general wildlife viewing in the Kalahari regions and birdwatching in the Okavango delta. Hotel rates are up to 30% cheaper at this time too.

June and November are considered shoulder season months, but provide excellent wildlife viewing conditions and are great times to visit. March is a good time to visit Nxai Pan, as it coincides with the zebra migration from the north.

 

Climate charts for cities and places within Botswana

The below climate charts have been compiled by Weather2Travel.com. For an explanation to the various measurements, please read our climate notes.

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Chobe

  J F M A M J J A S O N D
Max temp (C)(F) 3188 3188 3188 3086 2882 2577 2679 2984 3391 3595 3391 3188
Min temp (C)(F) 1966 1864 1763 1559 1050 745 745 948 1457 1864 1966 1966
Sunshine hours 7 8 8 8 9 9 10 10 10 9 8 7
Daylight hours 13 13 12 12 11 11 11 12 12 13 13 13
Rainfall (mm)(in) 1285 1104 673 181 20 0 0 0 10 251 422 1014
Rainy Days 14 11 8 2 1 0 0 0 1 4 9 12
Humidity Extreme Extreme Extreme Extreme Extreme H H Extreme Extreme Extreme Extreme
UV 11+/E 11+/E 11+/E 11/E 8/E 7/H 7/H 9/VH 11/E 11+/E 11+/E 11+/E
Sea temp (C)(F) N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A

Gaborone

  J F M A M J J A S O N D
Max temp (C)(F) 3391 3188 3188 2882 2577 2272 2373 2679 2984 3188 3290 3290
Min temp (C)(F) 2068 1966 1763 1457 846 541 541 745 1254 1661 1864 1966
Sunshine hours 9 8 8 8 9 9 10 10 10 9 9 8
Daylight hours 13 13 12 11 11 11 11 11 12 13 13 14
Rainfall (mm)(in) 944 813 562 442 110 40 30 20 141 402 693 823
Rainy Days 11 9 7 6 2 1 0 1 2 6 9 10
Humidity H H M L N N N N M M H H
UV 11+/E 11+/E 11+/E 9/VH 6/H 5/M 5/M 7/H 9/VH 11/E 11+/E 11+/E
Sea temp (C)(F) N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A

Kasane

  J F M A M J J A S O N D
Max temp (C)(F) 3290 3188 3290 3188 3086 2781 2781 3086 3493 3595 3493 3290
Min temp (C)(F) 2170 2068 2068 1864 1457 1152 1050 1355 1763 2170 2170 2170
Sunshine hours 6 8 8 9 9 9 9 10 10 9 8 6
Daylight hours 13 13 12 12 11 11 11 12 12 13 13 13
Rainfall (mm)(in) 1586 1335 803 171 10 10 0 0 0 221 632 1516
Rainy Days 12 10 7 2 0 0 0 0 0 3 7 11
Humidity H H H H M L L M H VH H H
UV 11+/E 11+/E 11+/E 11/E 8/VH 7/H 8/VH 9/VH 11/E 11+/E 11+/E 11+/E
Sea temp (C)(F) N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A

Maun

  J F M A M J J A S O N D
Max temp (C)(F) 3290 3290 3188 3086 2882 2577 2679 2984 3290 3493 3493 3391
Min temp (C)(F) 2068 1966 1966 1661 1152 846 745 1050 1559 1966 2068 2068
Sunshine hours 8 8 9 9 10 10 10 10 10 9 9 8
Daylight hours 13 13 12 12 11 11 11 11 12 13 13 13
Rainfall (mm)(in) 1134 1044 622 261 40 10 0 0 40 171 492 863
Rainy Days 13 11 7 4 1 0 0 0 1 4 7 10
Humidity H H H M L N N L M H H H
UV 11+/E 11+/E 11+/E 10/VH 8/VH 7/H 7/H 9/VH 11/E 11+/E 11+/E 11+/E
Sea temp (C)(F) N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A

Moremi

  J F M A M J J A S O N D
Max temp (C)(F) 3188 3188 3188 3086 2882 2577 2577 2882 3290 3595 3391 3290
Min temp (C)(F) 1966 1966 1864 1559 1050 643 643 948 1457 1864 1966 1966
Sunshine hours 8 8 8 9 10 9 10 10 10 9 8 8
Daylight hours 13 13 12 12 11 11 11 12 12 13 13 13
Rainfall (mm)(in) 1114 1094 622 241 20 10 0 0 30 211 492 894
Rainy Days 14 12 8 3 1 0 0 0 1 4 8 11
Humidity Extreme Extreme Extreme VH VH H H VH Extreme Extreme Extreme Extreme
UV 11+/E 11+/E 11+/E 10/VH 8/VH 7/H 7/H 9/VH 11/E 11+/E 11+/E 11+/E
Sea temp (C)(F) N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A

Okavango

  J F M A M J J A S O N D
Max temp (C)(F) 3290 3188 3188 3086 2882 2577 2577 2882 3290 3595 3391 3290
Min temp (C)(F) 2068 1966 1864 1661 1050 643 643 948 1457 1864 1966 1966
Sunshine hours 8 8 8 9 10 9 10 10 10 9 8 8
Daylight hours 13 13 12 12 11 11 11 12 12 13 13 13
Rainfall (mm)(in) 1064 1054 592 251 20 10 0 0 40 211 502 843
Rainy Days 14 12 8 3 1 0 0 0 1 4 8 11
Humidity Extreme Extreme Extreme Extreme VH H VH VH Extreme Extreme Extreme Extreme
UV 11+/E 11+/E 11+/E 11/E 8/VH 7/H 7/H 9/VH 11/E 11+/E 11+/E 11+/E
Sea temp (C)(F) N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A

Savute

  J F M A M J J A S O N D
Max temp (C)(F) 3188 3188 3188 3086 2882 2577 2679 2984 3391 3595 3391 3188
Min temp (C)(F) 1966 1864 1864 1559 1050 643 643 948 1355 1864 1966 1966
Sunshine hours 7 8 8 9 10 9 10 10 10 9 8 7
Daylight hours 13 13 12 12 11 11 0 12 12 13 13 13
Rainfall (mm)(in) 1285 1185 693 201 20 0 0 0 20 231 472 1044
Rainy Days 14 11 8 2 1 0 0 0 1 4 8 11
Humidity Extreme Extreme Extreme Extreme VH VH H VH Extreme Extreme Extreme Extreme
UV 11+/E 11+/E 11+/E 11/E 8/VH 7/H 7/H 9/VH 11/E 11+/E 11+/E 11+/E
Sea temp (C)(F) N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A