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Best time to visit Botswana

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The best time to visit Botswana is September-October

Are you looking for top-secret information about when to visit Botswana? Look no further! September-October is the best time to go to Botswana due to the excellent all-round climate conditions, and it’s not likely to be at its busiest as it’s not during the height of the peak travel season.

In the summer months, temperatures in Gaborone can climb to a maximum of around 35℃ (96℉) during the day. The average Gaborone temperatures in winter reach lows of around 8℃ (46℉), while the coldest it gets down to is about 5℃ (42℉). Other areas in Botswana can sometimes get even colder than this – You can check out the climates of other popular destinations below.

The longest days between sunrise and sunset in Botswana are usually in October, so if you want to get the most out of your daytime activities, be sure to plan your visit around this time. The wet season in Botswana falls around January, so if you prefer the dryer weather, you should look to visit in August instead.

By the time you finish reading below, you’ll know everything you need to know about the best time to travel to Botswana. We’ll show you climate data for loads of the top destinations, and much more. Once you’re ready, we’ve even provided all the tools to help you book your travel!

Warmest month

December

Least rainfall

August

Most daylight

October

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Botswana seasons

Before you plan your trip, it’s important to know when the seasons are as they may be different to yours depending on where you’re travelling from. Botswana is in the Northern hemisphere, so the seasons fall on:

SeasonMonths
Summer June to August
Autumn/fall September to November
Winter December to February
Spring March to May

Best time to visit the top destinations in Botswana

We’ve put together a breakdown of the average minimum and maximum temperatures by month, as well as the best times to visit for each. To learn more about these destinations including detailed climate breakdowns and much more, click or tap the city/destination name below.

CityBest time to visitJanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec
GaboroneSeptember-October
31℃
21℃
31℃
20℃
30℃
18℃
27℃
15℃
24℃
12℃
21℃
8℃
21℃
8℃
25℃
10℃
29℃
14℃
31℃
18℃
31℃
20℃
32℃
21℃
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Top FAQs

Botswana is in Africa.

Check out these guides for the top must-see destinations in Botswana:

The warmest month of the year in Gaborone, one of the most popular places to visit in Botswana, is December.
The driest month of the year in Gaborone, Botswana, is usually around August each year.

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