Kalahari, Botswana: What to pack, what to wear, and when to go [2018]

Traveling to Kalahari, Botswana? If you're planning to go to Kalahari, here is some important information about when to go, what to wear, and what to pack:

When to go to Kalahari, Botswana

Based on the climate and weather in Kalahari, the best time to go is September. See below for details.

What to wear/what to pack for Kalahari, Botswana by month

January

January here is blindingly hot. Temperatures average in the low 90s F (mid 30s C) during the day. It rains 5-10 days this month.

What to wear/what to pack:

  • Waterproof footwear
  • Sandals
  • Thin short sleeve shirts
  • Light dresses
  • Skirts
  • Tank tops
  • Thin pants, such as light khakis
  • Umbrella
  • Light shorts
  • Sunglasses
  • Waterproof luggage
  • High-SPF sunscreen lotion
  • Rain coat

February

February in Kalahari can be sweltering. The rain can amount to several inches/centimeters. During this time, temperatures average in the high 70s F (mid 20s C) to low 90s F (low 30s C).

What to wear/what to pack:

  • Shorts
  • Sunglasses
  • Sunscreen lotion
  • Skirts
  • Umbrella
  • Waterproof luggage
  • Waterproof footwear
  • Dresses
  • Rain coat
  • Short sleeve shirts
  • Sandals

March

March in Kalahari is consistently hot. The rain can amount to several inches/centimeters. During this time, temperatures average in the 70s F (mid 20s C) to high 80s F (low 30s C).

What to wear/what to pack:

  • Sunglasses
  • Sunscreen lotion
  • Waterproof footwear
  • Waterproof luggage
  • Sandals
  • Rain coat
  • Short sleeve shirts
  • Skirts
  • Umbrella
  • Shorts
  • Dresses

April

Traveling to Kalahari in April, you will notice that it is hot and dry with little rain. Expect it to rain occasionally. Daytime temperatures are in the low 80s F (high 20s C).

What to wear/what to pack:

  • Shorts
  • Dresses
  • Sandals
  • Waterproof footwear
  • Sunglasses
  • Waterproof luggage
  • Sunscreen lotion
  • Short sleeve shirts
  • Rain coat
  • Skirts
  • Umbrella

May

Traveling to Kalahari in May, you will notice that it is a perfect temperature and very dry with almost no rain. Daytime temperatures are in the high 70s F (mid 20s C).

What to wear/what to pack:

  • Sandals
  • Sunscreen lotion
  • Shorts or short pants
  • Light footwear
  • Skirts
  • Long and short sleeve shirts
  • Dresses

June

June here is mild and very dry with almost no rain. Temperatures average in the low 70s F (low 20s C) during the day. There is frost about a third of the time.

What to wear/what to pack:

  • Light gloves or mittens
  • Warm pants or jeans
  • Socks
  • Jacket or coat
  • Standard footwear
  • Fleeces

July

If you vacation in Kalahari during July, you are likely to find that it is a perfect temperature and very dry with almost no rain. Temperatures tend to hover around the low 70s F (low 20s C) during the day, while at night they can dip into the high 30s F (single digits C).

There is frost 5-10 days this month.

What to wear/what to pack:

  • Jacket or coat
  • Fleeces
  • Socks
  • Standard footwear
  • Warm pants or jeans
  • Light gloves or mittens

August

August is warm and very dry with almost no rain. Temperatures average in the high 70s F (mid 20s C) during the day. There is frost sometimes.

What to wear/what to pack:

  • Shorts or short pants
  • Sunscreen lotion
  • Skirts
  • Light footwear
  • Dresses
  • Sandals
  • Long and short sleeve shirts

September

September for Kalahari is constantly hot and very dry with almost no rain. Temperatures average in the 80s F (low 20s C) during the day.

What to wear/what to pack:

  • Sandals
  • Dresses
  • Sunscreen lotion
  • Sunglasses
  • Short sleeve shirts
  • Shorts
  • Skirts

October

If you visit Kalahari during October, you are likely to find that it is constantly hot and dry with little rain. Temperatures tend to hover around the high 80s F (low 30s C) during the day, while at night they can dip into the high 50s F (mid 10s C).

In terms of precipitation, you can expect it to rain sometimes.

What to wear/what to pack:

  • Sandals
  • Rain coat
  • Dresses
  • Sunglasses
  • Sunscreen lotion
  • Skirts
  • Waterproof luggage
  • Shorts
  • Umbrella
  • Short sleeve shirts
  • Waterproof footwear

November

November here is constantly hot. Temperatures average in the low 90s F (low 30s C) during the day. It rains regularly.

What to wear/what to pack:

  • Shorts
  • Sandals
  • Dresses
  • Waterproof footwear
  • Umbrella
  • Short sleeve shirts
  • Skirts
  • Waterproof luggage
  • Sunglasses
  • Rain coat
  • Sunscreen lotion

December

December for Kalahari is sizzling. Temperatures average in the low 90s F (mid 30s C) during the day. It rains regularly.

What to wear/what to pack:

  • Rain coat
  • High-SPF sunscreen lotion
  • Umbrella
  • Thin short sleeve shirts
  • Sandals
  • Light shorts
  • Sunglasses
  • Thin pants, such as light khakis
  • Light dresses
  • Tank tops
  • Waterproof luggage
  • Waterproof footwear
  • Skirts

Year-round what to wear/what to pack for Kalahari, Botswana

Here are some general tips on what to wear in Kalahari, as well as several items to remember to pack when traveling there.

  • A plug adadpter that supports outlet types D and G
  • A SIM card that works in Kalahari

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