Botswana in October

October

October heralds the start of the transitional season, with temperatures sometimes soaring over 40°C – safarists can look out for huge herds of elephant and fabulous lilac-breasted roller too.

  • Day time maximum temperature = 35°C
  • Night time minimum temperature = 18°C
  • Average rainfall = 13mm
  • Average daylight = 12.5 hours

WHAT'S THE WEATHER GOING TO BE LIKE IN BOTSWANA IN OCTOBER?

  • Days are pretty sultry, and night temperatures are high
  • It’s the beginning of the transitional season, with notably high temperatures
  • Temperatures generally hover around 34°C, but they can soar to 44°C, which is too hot for some travellers
  • Hot enough for light clothing, with light waterproofs for rains towards the end October

WHAT ARE THE HIGHLIGHTS OF VISITING BOTSWANA IN OCTOBER?

  • October is perfect for hot weather fans
  • Mosquito and general bug numbers are low
  • Game viewing is excellent, as the heat drives wildlife towards scarce water sources – huge herds of elephant are seen in the Chobe and Linyanti regions
  • Breeding season for the lilac-breasted roller begins – the little birds are numerous and very animated all through the Okavango Delta area
  • Increased activity around waterholes is great for photos featuring impressive numbers of wildlife

ANY LOWLIGHTS?

  • There’s low availability of properties across the north of Botswana
  • Prices tend to be at their highest throughout October, though they might ease off as the end of the month approaches
  • The very hot temperatures can feel stifling

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