The rainy season in Botswana comes mostly between December and March, when an average minimum temperature is in the low 20 Degrees Celsius. Some days you can expect it to be bright and full of sunshine with the possibility of afternoon thunderstorms.
As with Namibia, April and May in Botswana is ideal weather conditions ensuring that there are clear skies and the landscape ever so green. Night temperatures start to drop during these months, especially in the Kalahari. Regions in and around the Okavango tend to have less extreme, more moderate temperatures than the drier areas of the Kalahari.
June to August the night-time temperatures in drier areas can be close to freezing, but it warms up swiftly during the day. From July it’s the start of ‘peak season’ for most safari areas: the land is dry in most areas so the animals congregate around the few available water sources. This continues into September and October. This is the best time for big game safaris.
November is a difficult month to predict as it can sometimes be a continuation of October’s heat or sometimes it’s cooled by the first rains of the season; nonetheless it’s always an interesting month to explore Botswana.
Public transport in Botswana is mainly aimed towards the needs of the locals, as most of the tourist attractions are situated off the beaten track into the wilderness and away from major cities and towns.
There are major airports in Maun, Kasane and Gaborone and the use of smaller charter flights are used to get to the top attractions and camps especially in the Okavango Delta.
Driving off the main roads in Botswana is only recommended with 4×4 vehicles, that are equipped correctly and efficiently.
Most lodges offer transfers or they can be arranged and you can sit back, relax and enjoy the beautiful scenery.
Botswana’s currency is the Pula (which means ‘rain’ in Setswana).
The US dollar, Euros, British Pound and the South African Rand are the most easily convertible currencies.