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Best Time to Visit Botswana


January is unpredictable, featuring rainy days and thunderstorms yet bright and sunny conditions too – and a treasury of young animals, migratory birds, and flowers.

What's the weather going to be like in Botswana in January?

  • A bit of a mixture – clear and sunny days, with a possible chance of afternoon thunderstorms
  • Very rainy on the whole, as January and February are both peak green season months and bring the bulk of Botswana’s rainfall
  • Warm, with minimum temperatures averaging in the low 20s
  • It’s hot and rainy, so light layers of clothing and waterproofs are advised
  • Be prepared for big storms, rainy afternoons, and a very high humidity level

What are the highlights of visiting Botswana in January?

  • Availability of camps and lodges is high
  • As it’s low season, this is a much cheaper time to visit the country
  • Temperatures rarely fall below 19 degrees
  • A surge in young animals results in raised changes of spotting predators
  • You can enjoy the sight of newborn impala and zebra, teetering next to their mothers on uncertain limbs
  • Attracted by the rains, an abundance of migratory birds results in an exciting diversity of species – it’s a great month for birders
  • There’s loads of greenery and lots of flowers
  • Thrilling cloud formations, vibrant colours, and sunny skies after a storm present wonderful opportunities for photography.
  • Rivers tend to flood allowing for great game viewings

Any lowlights?

  • The rains can be continuous for days
  • Humidity can be high
  • There are a lot of insects about
  • The rains can limit game walks and make driving more difficult in some places, while concentrations of game are low in the Okavango and Linyanti regions

Recommended Safaris to Botswana in January

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