Botswana

Botswana in November

november weather and when to go

November sees the beginning of the summer season in Botswana with minimum temperatures rising but maximum temperatures in the heat of the day dipping slightly.

Yet unlike most summers, this is also the time when the rains begin. November is not quite peak rainy season though, with this coming later in the season around January/February.

The mercury is likely to get up to the late 30s sometimes even peaking at 40°C+ which can be too much for some people, so it is important to think about this if you are planning on travelling around this time of year. 

Days are somewhat cooled down by the incoming rains, but these are unlikely to last long, more frequently coming in short heavy showers throughout the day.


Big cats are most active during early mornings and cool evenings so are likely to be relaxing during the warm summer days. Look out for leopards lounging up trees during November as they will be trying to get some much needed respite from the summer heat. Our favourite spot for leopards in Botswana is Chief’s Island on Moremi Game Reserve.

November prices drop significantly in Botswana with some camps and safaris being as much as a third less than the peak season so it is great value for money if you can travel at this time.

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