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Botswana in July


July is dry rather than warm, with little to no rain and very chilly nights and early mornings – and good chances of viewing wildlife as numbers of water sources decrease in most areas.

  • Day time maximum temperature = 25°C
  • Night time minimum temperature = 6°C
  • Average rainfall = 0mm
  • Average daylight = 11 hours

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

  • During the night, temperatures can be very low, but the weather warms up rapidly throughout the day
  • This month is not so much warm as dry
  • Days are characterised by clear blue skies and average temperatures of 25 degrees or so
  • Warm enough for lots of light and layered clothing

What are the highlights of visiting Botswana in July?

  • The Okavango is fully flooded and all the Delta is spectacular – this is the best time to embark on a mokoro excursion from the region’s wet camps, for example Pelo Camp or Pom Pom
  • As there are low levels of rain, you needn’t worry too much about mosquitoes
  • Dry ground ensures good conditions for vehicle and walking safaris – it’s peak season for viewing wildlife
  • Lack of rain causes water sources to dry up, attracting game and birdlife to fewer areas – possibilities of sightings are greater
  • The Delta is a superb subject for photography in July, and abundant wildlife can be captured on film pretty much everywhere

Any lowlights?

  • There’s limited availability of camp and lodges in the north of Botswana
  • Prices are high in national parks excluding private reserves
  • There are lots of other travellers in areas like Khwai and Chobe, less so in the private reserves
  • Nights can be very chilly

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