The best time to visit Botswana can largely depend on what you would like to experience, as many of the attractions are in their prime during certain times of the year. The country is primarily made up of harsh salt pans and the luscious inland delta system of the Okavango River, which floods towards the end of the rains, from mid-April. This means that if you want to view some of the most key wildlife experiences like lions hunting buffalo, leopards stalking or wild dogs roaming, you will need to travel at the right time, which we can advise on. Generally speaking, Botswana’s weather pattern is similar to other countries in Southern Africa, but it does experience less rainfall than some of the eastern countries.
April - November
The dry season broadly occurs from April to November when you can expect to see clear and near uninterrupted blue skies. June to August are the coolest months, when desert temperatures in the Kalahari are known to drop below freezing. From September onward the heat gradually builds up and peaks, sometimes unbearably, in October. Temperature extremes are much more moderate and pleasant in the Okavango region. During this dry season travel is much easier and game viewings increase as the dry conditions cause the animals to congregate around watering holes.
December - March
The wet season from December to March is completely different and days can vary enormously, with January and February being the wettest months. However this season can be much more pleasant and it is a time when many herbivores give birth. Rainfall during these months usually consists of short, sharp thunderstorms that last around an hour. The shoulder seasons of November/December (as well as May/June in the dry season) also result in great game viewing and reduced prices offering great value for money.
There are some interesting local events that take place annually in Botswana which may be of interest to visitors. Ditshwando Annual Human Rights Film Festival is held in March and has international and local film screenings, speakers and discussion, focusing on the development of Human Rights in Botswana. Maitsong is the biggest annual Perfoming Arts Festival in Botswana, with outdoor dance, theatre and music programmes in different locations around Gaberone. The event takes place over a week in March/April. The Toyota 1000 Desert Race takes place in June, and is an extreme off road event for cars, quads and bikes taking in different routes around Botswana each year.
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