The best times to visit Gaborone for ideal weather are

March 12th to June 3rd

or

August 6th to October 21st

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

 

 


Other Gaborone Travel Info

Weather in Gaborone

Temperature

Average temperatures in Gaborone vary somewhat. Considering humidity, temperatures feel nice most of the year, excluding some hot weeks in the summer, with a very low chance of precipitation throughout the year. The area is somewhat temperate — in the 50th 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 Gaborone, the hottest months are February, December, and then January. See average monthly temperatures below. The warmest time of year is generally mid February where highs are regularly around 92.2°F (33.4°C) with temperatures rarely dropping below 67.4°F (19.7°C) at night.

Gaborone Temperatures (Fahrenheit)

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Gaborone Temperatures (Celsius)

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“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.

Gaborone Perceived Temperature (F)

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Gaborone Perceived Temperature (C)

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Average Gaborone 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 88.7 77.3 67.1
Feb 90.3 78.2 66.8
Mar 86.8 74.7 63.8
Apr 81.4 67.8 55.5
May 78.2 62.3 46.5
Jun 73.1 56.2 39.9
Jul 71.9 55.6 39.1
Aug 78.5 62 44.8
Sep 86.7 71.1 54.4
Oct 89.3 75.8 61.7
Nov 89.9 77.2 64.8
Dec 88.7 77.4 66.8

Show Celsius

Month Avg. High (°C) Avg. Mean (°C) Avg. Low (°C)
Jan 31.5 25.2 19.5
Feb 32.4 25.7 19.3
Mar 30.4 23.7 17.7
Apr 27.4 19.9 13.1
May 25.7 16.8 8.1
Jun 22.8 13.4 4.4
Jul 22.2 13.1 3.9
Aug 25.8 16.7 7.1
Sep 30.4 21.7 12.4
Oct 31.8 24.3 16.5
Nov 32.2 25.1 18.2
Dec 31.5 25.2 19.3

 


 

Precipitation (Rain or Snow)

If dry weather is what you’re after, the months with the lowest chance of significant precipitation in Gaborone are August, July, and then May. Note that we define “significant precipitation” as .1 inches or more in this section. The lowest chance of rain or snow occurs around early to mid April. For example, on the week of April 9th there are no days of precipitation on average. By contrast, it’s most likely to rain or snow in late January with an average of 1 days of significant precipitation the week of January 22nd.

When can you find snow in Gaborone? 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 Gaborone.

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Days with precipitation

Snow on the Ground

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

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Average Rain and Snow by Month

Show Inches

Month Daily Chance of Rain Average Snow Depth (in) Total Precipitation (in)
Jan 16% 0 3.1
Feb 9% 0 1
Mar 10% 0 2
Apr 4% 0 1
May 1% 0 0.3
Jun 2% 0 0.6
Jul 0% 0 0
Aug 0% 0 0.5
Sep 2% 0 0.2
Oct 6% 0 0.9
Nov 12% 0 1.5
Dec 12% 0 3

Show Centimeters

Month Daily Chance of Rain Average Snow Depth (cm) Total Precipitation (cm)
Jan 16 0 7.9
Feb 9 0 2.5
Mar 10 0 5.1
Apr 4 0 2.5
May 1 0 0.8
Jun 2 0 1.5
Jul 0 0 0
Aug 0 0 1.3
Sep 2 0 0.5
Oct 6 0 2.3
Nov 12 0 3.8
Dec 12 0 7.6

 

Humidity and Wind

Gaborone has some comfortably humid months, and dry months in the opposite season. The least humid month is September (23.5% relative humidity), and the most humid month is January (52.6%).

Wind in Gaborone is usually calm. The windiest month is October, followed by November and September. October’s average wind speed of around 8 knots (9.2 MPH or 14.9 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 16 knots, which is considered a moderate breeze.

Relative Humidity (%)

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

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Wind

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

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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 6.4 Light breeze 12.6 Significant breeze
Feb 6.2 Light breeze 12.4 Significant breeze
Mar 5.8 Light breeze 11.5 Significant breeze
Apr 5.2 Light breeze 10.7 Gentle breeze
May 4.9 Light breeze 9.8 Significant breeze
Jun 5.4 Light breeze 10.7 Gentle breeze
Jul 5.4 Light breeze 10.7 Significant breeze
Aug 6.3 Light breeze 11.9 Significant breeze
Sep 7.1 Gentle breeze 13.2 Significant breeze
Oct 8 Gentle breeze 14.9 Significant breeze
Nov 7.8 Gentle breeze 14.5 Significant breeze
Dec 6.8 Light breeze 14 Significant breeze

Show Relative Humidity by Month

Month Avg. Relative Humidity
Jan 52.6%
Feb 44.6%
Mar 49.4%
Apr 50.3%
May 40.7%
Jun 37.1%
Jul 33.6%
Aug 26.5%
Sep 23.5%
Oct 29.8%
Nov 36.7%
Dec 48.1%

 

Is it Safe to Travel to Gaborone?

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 Gaborone, Botswana is April, followed by November and June. 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 Gaborone in February. Those willing to visit at these times will likely find it the least expensive month.

Estimated Tourism by Month

 

Most Popular Months to Visit

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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 40.4 in February means 40.4% of the tourists vs. April.

 

 

Overall Gaborone Travel Experience by Season

Fall (March through May)

Humidity and temperatures combine to make this season feel warm. Highs range from 88°F (31.1°C) and 75.1°F (23.9°C) with colder temperatures in the later months. Rain is rare with 0 to 3 days of significant precipitation per month. Fall is fairly slow for tourism, which makes it a good time for those looking for deals.

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 0 to 1 days of precipitation per month. June – August is the second busiest season for tourism in Gaborone, so lodging and other accommodations may cost slightly more.

Spring (September through November)

Spring daily highs range from 92.2°F (33.4°C) and 85.4°F (29.7°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 Gaborone to be enjoyable for warm weather travelers. The average high during this season is between 91.4°F (33°C) and 87.3°F (30.7°C). On average, it rains or snows a smalll amount: 2 to 5 times per month. These times of year are the slowest with tourists.

 

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