The weather in Botswana isn’t 100% predictable, but there are general trends. There’s a dry, cooler season and a wet, warmer season. If you’re travelling during the change of seasons, the weather is more difficult to predict.
Here’s an overview of Botswana’s seasons to help you make up your mind.
December – February (Wet Season)
The low season for tourism has high temperatures averaging mid to high 30s during the day and low 20s overnight. Rainfall is heavy, often not stopping for days. If you’re looking for a personalised tour on a budget, this is the best time to visit, as hotel rates are at their lowest (some hotels close down for the wet season). If you are worried about being stuck indoors, then make sure you choose accommodation that has plenty for you to do.
The country is very green during these months, with the main attractions seeing newborn animals and birdwatching, although the latter is fantastic year round in Botswana.
The big draw is the zebra and wildebeest migrations (the second biggest in the world) at the great Makgadikgadi Pans.
March – May (Wet to Dry)
Rainfall starts to ease during March leaving Botswana with clear blue skies and lush green scenery. Temperatures start to drop with overnight temperatures in May creeping into single figures, while the daytime is a pleasant mid-20s.