Climate and Average Weather in Botswana

Botswana's climate can best be described as semi-arid. The best time to go to Botswana is during the dry winter months from April till September as the days are generally pleasant and the wildlife never wanders far from their water sources. In summer (December to April), the chances of precipitation increase and in many places the mercury rises to tropical values of thirty degrees Celsius (86 degrees Fahrenheit) or more. This is definitely not the best time to visit, also since prolonged rains may render sandy roads uncross-able, and animals disperse when water is abundant.

In summer, it's hot all over Botswana and relative humidity increases. In this season you regularly see spectacular sunrises, with the sky above landscape showing beautiful red and purple tones. The best travel time for a safari in Botswana is from May to September, with July and August having the ultimate conditions. In these months the chance of cloud cover and precipitation is smallest. Just be aware that due to the quite large differences in day and night temperatures, it is important to dress in layers during the local winter. If you go out early in the morning to spot the animals, it can be very chilly. A few hours later, the mercury can exceed 20 degrees Celsius (68 Fahrenheit).

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1. Average minimum and maximum temperatures over the year
2. Average monthly precipitation over the year (rainfall, snow etc)
3. Average monthly hours of sunshine over the year
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