Southern Africa Weather
The climate in the region (specifically Zambia and Botswana) is characterized by 3 main seasons: cool and dry; hot and dry; and hot and wet.
May, June, July, to early August
These are the winter months – a time of year marked by generally bright sunny days with mild temperatures. However, nights and early mornings can be very cold, especially on game drives. Temperatures can reach a low of 40 degrees F. Daytime highs can reach mid 80 degrees F.
August, September and October
As the dry season progresses, game concentrations increase correspondingly and are at their peak by October. Temperatures continue to rise as well, but usually it remains dry. The hottest month is October, where temperatures range from a low of 60 degrees F, to a high of as much as 110 degrees F.
November to March
These are the summer months – the green (rainy) season. November is characteristically hot and humid, but lovely once the rains have begun when there is a new flush of green and many of the animals give birth. By January temperatures have gradually cooled off. Average temperatures range from 65 degrees F to 100 degrees F.
April and early May
These months are marked by moderate temperatures as the winter approaches. The rains have generally ended and the surrounding bush is lush and green. Temperatures at this time range from a low of 55 degrees F, to a high of mid 80 degrees F.