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When is the best time to visit Botswana?

The best time to visit Botswana (Gaborone) is July and August based on the following average weather conditions.

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Max Day Temperature (°C)

  • 33°C maximum daytime temperature in January in Botswana (Gaborone)33
    Jan
  • 31°C maximum daytime temperature in February in Botswana (Gaborone)31
    Feb
  • 31°C maximum daytime temperature in March in Botswana (Gaborone)31
    Mar
  • 28°C maximum daytime temperature in April in Botswana (Gaborone)28
    Apr
  • 25°C maximum daytime temperature in May in Botswana (Gaborone)25
    May
  • 22°C maximum daytime temperature in June in Botswana (Gaborone)22
    Jun
  • 23°C maximum daytime temperature in July in Botswana (Gaborone)23
    Jul
  • 26°C maximum daytime temperature in August in Botswana (Gaborone)26
    Aug
  • 29°C maximum daytime temperature in September in Botswana (Gaborone)29
    Sep
  • 31°C maximum daytime temperature in October in Botswana (Gaborone)31
    Oct
  • 32°C maximum daytime temperature in November in Botswana (Gaborone)32
    Nov
  • 32°C maximum daytime temperature in December in Botswana (Gaborone)32
    Dec

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The weather guide for Botswana (Gaborone) shows long term weather averages processed from data supplied by CRU (University of East Anglia) & today's weather forecast provided by meteoblue. Find out more about our data sources.

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Botswana weather overview

This vast, lonely country - set in the heart of Southern Africa with Namibia and Zimbabwe at its northern borders - forms part of the Kalahari Desert and has a typical desert to semi-desert climate with little rainfall. What rain there is arrives mainly between November and March but is sporadic and brings little relief from soaring temperatures prevalent during those months.

The south and western regions of Botswana get very little rain indeed, even in this 'wet' season. Best time to visit is between May and September, when cooler weather prevails and it even gets quite nippy at night, with occasional frosts.

What to pack for Botswana weather

A mixture of light and warm clothing for the cooler nights is recommended.

Which is the hottest month in Botswana?

The hottest time of year in Gaborone, Botswana is normally January. Expect maximum daytime temperatures to reach 33°C with high heat and humidity.

Which month has the most rain in Botswana?

In terms of rainfall, January is usually the wettest month in Gaborone, Botswana with 94mm on average. There are normally 11 days in January with some rain.

When is it sunniest in Botswana?

The sunniest time of year in Gaborone, Botswana is normally July with bright sunshine on average for 89% of daylight hours; that's 10 hours of sunshine per day.

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