The best times to visit Botswana for ideal weather are

March 26th to September 30th

based on average temperature and humidity from NOAA (the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration). Read below for more weather and travel details.



Other Botswana Travel Info

Weather in Botswana


Average temperatures in Botswana vary somewhat. Considering humidity, temperatures feel hot for about half of the year and otherwise nice with a very low chance of precipitation throughout the year. The area is somewhat temperate — in the 51st percentile for pleasant weather — compared to tourist destinations worldwide. Weeks with ideal weather are listed above. If you’re looking for the very warmest time to visit Botswana, the hottest months are November, October, and then February. See average monthly temperatures below. The warmest time of year is generally mid November where highs are regularly around 93.1°F (33.9°C) with temperatures rarely dropping below 67.3°F (19.6°C) at night.

Botswana Temperatures (Fahrenheit)


Botswana Temperatures (Celsius)


“Feels-Like” Temperatures

The way we experience weather isn’t all about temperature. Higher temperatures affect us much more at higher humidity, and colder temperatures feel piercing with high winds. Our perceived temperatures factor in humidity and wind chill to better represent how hot or cold the day feels to a person.

Botswana Perceived Temperature (F)


Botswana Perceived Temperature (C)



Average Botswana Temperatures by Month

Daily highs (averaged for the month) usually give the best indication of the weather. A significantly lower mean and low generally just means it gets colder at night.

Show Fahrenheit

Month Avg. High (°F) Avg. Mean (°F) Avg. Low (°F)
Jan 88.3 78.7 67.5
Feb 89.7 79.3 66.8
Mar 88.1 77.6 64.9
Apr 83.3 72.1 57.9
May 80.9 67.8 49.8
Jun 75.6 61.5 43.2
Jul 74.5 60.6 42.4
Aug 81 66.6 47.4
Sep 88.7 75.1 56.6
Oct 91.1 79.6 63.8
Nov 90.9 80 66.3
Dec 88.7 78.8 67.1

Show Celsius

Month Avg. High (°C) Avg. Mean (°C) Avg. Low (°C)
Jan 31.3 25.9 19.7
Feb 32.1 26.3 19.3
Mar 31.2 25.3 18.3
Apr 28.5 22.3 14.4
May 27.2 19.9 9.9
Jun 24.2 16.4 6.2
Jul 23.6 15.9 5.8
Aug 27.2 19.2 8.6
Sep 31.5 23.9 13.7
Oct 32.8 26.4 17.7
Nov 32.7 26.7 19.1
Dec 31.5 26 19.5



Precipitation (Rain or Snow)

If dry weather is what you’re after, the months with the lowest chance of significant precipitation in Botswana are July, August, and then September. Note that we define “significant precipitation” as .1 inches or more in this section. The lowest chance of rain or snow occurs around mid July. For example, on the week of July 16th there are no days of precipitation on average. By contrast, it’s most likely to rain or snow in mid January with an average of 2 days of significant precipitation the week of January 15th.

When can you find snow in Botswana? Weather stations report no annual snow. Please note that a value of 0 for snow in the graph below may either mean there was no snow, or that snow is unreported.

Chance of Precipitation

The graph below shows the % chance of rainy and snowy days in Botswana.

Days with precipitation

Snow on the Ground

The graph below shows the average snow on the ground in Botswana (in).

Snow depth

Average Rain and Snow by Month

Show Inches

Month Daily Chance of Rain Average Snow Depth (in) Total Precipitation (in)
Jan 19% 0 3.9
Feb 12% 0 2
Mar 9% 0 1.6
Apr 5% 0 1
May 2% 0 0.2
Jun 1% 0 0.3
Jul 0% 0 0
Aug 0% 0 0.1
Sep 1% 0 0.1
Oct 5% 0 0.7
Nov 10% 0 1.7
Dec 18% 0 3

Show Centimeters

Month Daily Chance of Rain Average Snow Depth (cm) Total Precipitation (cm)
Jan 19 0 9.9
Feb 12 0 5.1
Mar 9 0 4.1
Apr 5 0 2.5
May 2 0 0.5
Jun 1 0 0.8
Jul 0 0 0
Aug 0 0 0.3
Sep 1 0 0.3
Oct 5 0 1.8
Nov 10 0 4.3
Dec 18 0 7.6


Humidity and Wind

Botswana has some comfortably humid months, and dry months in the opposite season. The least humid month is September (24.8% relative humidity), and the most humid month is January (55%).

Wind in Botswana is usually calm. The windiest month is October, followed by September and November. October’s average wind speed of around 7.9 knots (9 MPH or 14.5 KPH) is considered “a gentle breeze.” Maximum sustained winds (the highest speed for the day lasting more than a few moments) are at their highest in late October where average top sustained speeds reach 13.9 knots, which is considered a moderate breeze.

Relative Humidity (%)

The graph below shows the average % humidity by month in Botswana.

Avg. Relative Humidity


The graph below shows wind speed (max and average) in knots.

Max Sustained Wind
Average Daily Wind

Average Wind Speeds

Show Wind Speeds

All wind speeds are in knots. 1 knot = 1.15 MPH or 1.85 KPH.

Month Avg. Wind Avg. Wind Feel Sustained High Wind High Wind Feel
Jan 6.3 Light breeze 11.7 Significant breeze
Feb 6 Light breeze 11.4 Significant breeze
Mar 5.8 Light breeze 11.2 Significant breeze
Apr 5.4 Light breeze 10.5 Gentle breeze
May 5 Light breeze 9.9 Significant breeze
Jun 5.3 Light breeze 10.5 Gentle breeze
Jul 5.6 Light breeze 10.7 Significant breeze
Aug 6.2 Light breeze 11.4 Significant breeze
Sep 7 Gentle breeze 12.3 Significant breeze
Oct 7.9 Gentle breeze 13.5 Significant breeze
Nov 6.9 Light breeze 12.6 Significant breeze
Dec 6.5 Light breeze 11.9 Significant breeze

Show Relative Humidity by Month

Month Avg. Relative Humidity
Jan 55%
Feb 49.4%
Mar 49.3%
Apr 47.6%
May 37.5%
Jun 37.1%
Jul 34.8%
Aug 27%
Sep 24.8%
Oct 30%
Nov 38.6%
Dec 51.4%


Is it Safe to Travel to Botswana?

Our best data indicates this area is generally safe. As of Oct 07, 2019 there are no travel advisories or warnings for Botswana; exercise normal security precautions. Check this page for any recent changes or regions to avoid: Travel Advice and Advisories. This advisory was last updated on Sep 03, 2019.


The Busiest and Least Crowded Months

The busiest month for tourism in Botswana is November, followed by March and September. Prices for hotels and flights will be most expensive during these months, though you can save if you purchase well in advance. Tourists are unlikely to visit Botswana in June. Those willing to visit at these times will likely find it the least expensive month.

Estimated Tourism by Month


Most Popular Months to Visit

Tourists Seeking Accommodations

Tourism graph is based on Google searches for services used by tourists relative to the rest of the year. Tourism data for this area is very reliable. Displayed data is calculated relative to the peak, so a score of 54.6 in June means 54.6% of the tourists vs. November.



Overall Botswana Travel Experience by Season

Fall (March through May)

Humidity and temperatures combine to make this season feel warm. Highs range from 89.6°F (32°C) and 77.6°F (25.3°C) with colder temperatures in the later months. Rain is rare with 1 to 3 days of significant precipitation per month. Fall is the second busiest for tourism, which makes it a good time for those looking for things to do.

Winter (June through August)

The middle-year months have comfortably cool weather with high temperatures that are comfortable. These months see the least precipitation with about 0 days of precipitation per month. June – August is the slowest season for tourism in Botswana, so lodging and other accommodations may cost less than usual.

Spring (September through November)

Spring daily highs range from 93.1°F (33.9°C) and 87.6°F (30.9°C), which will feel very nice given the humidity and wind. It rains or snows a normal amount: 0 to 3 days per month. Tourism is the busiest during these months due to the weather, so hotels may be higher priced.

Summer (December through February)

Weather is perfect this time of year in Botswana to be enjoyable for warm weather travelers. The average high during this season is between 91.1°F (32.8°C) and 87.1°F (30.6°C). On average, it rains or snows a fair amount: 3 to 6 times per month. These times of year are fairly slow with tourists.


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