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Best time to visit Botswana

There really isn’t a simple answer to the question of when to visit Botswana. It depends on your interests, ability to cope with heat, what you have a desire to see, and even what kind of budget you have. To be clear, there is never a really bad time to visit Botswana.
However, if you simply want the very best chance of stunning wildlife viewing, June to October are the best months.


Rainy season in Botswana

(November to March)
This is summer in Botswana and the temperature can reach up to about 38°C but drop to as low as 20°C. Most of the rain comes between late-December and mid-March. Mornings are generally hot and sunny, afternoons frequently bring thunderstorms.

Dry season in Botswana

(April to October)
The dry season is the cooler time in Botswana, with Winter (mainly June to August) offering warm days and cold nights with little or no rain. Temperatures at this time can reach mid-20°C in daytime but drop to 5°C so be prepared for the cold nights and mornings. As September rolls on the heat returns and by October it is extremely hot.

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Peak season: July to October
Low season: December to March
Shoulder season: April, May, June, November

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