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Botswana in December


With high morning humidity tempered by occasional afternoon rains, December offers more moderate temperatures and the attraction of newborn antelope species.

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

  • There’s fairly high humidity throughout the mornings, declining during the day especially if rain falls
  • We’re in wet season, so temperatures are cooler and there can be showers in late afternoon
  • Temperatures are comfortable when compared with November, for example
  • It’s cool and rainy enough for lots of layers and waterproof clothing
  • Every 4–5 days, and sometimes more frequently, there’s a large thunderstorm

What are the highlights of visiting Botswana in December?

  • There’s generally good availability of properties
  • It’s less expensive than peak season
  • The cooler temperatures can feel refreshing
  • Some herbivores give birth from this month onwards, resulting in great game viewing – look out for newborn antelopes, among them impala and gemsbok
  • A surge in numbers of young animals raises the chances of seeing predators including all the big cats
  • The majority of migratory birds, such as kingfishers, kites, and cuckoos, have returned
  • December is perfect for plant lovers, with an abundance of trees and flowers starting to bloom
  • This is a superb month for photography of young animals and lush landscapes

Any lowlights?

  • A few safari properties might be closed
  • Mornings bring high humidity, so vehicle safaris at this time can feel uncomfortable
  • There are quite a lot of mosquitoes about
  • If heavy rains fall, this can disrupt activities

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