Kgalagadi

- Weather & Climate Kgalagadi Safaris

Climate chart Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park - 868-1197 m / 2848-3927 ft

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32
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* Averages based on 50 years of monthly climate data, taken from 1km2 (0.39mi2) interpolated climate surfaces.
© chart & park data: SafariBookings. © climate grid data: WorldClim project. All rights reserved.

Kgalagadi’s weather in general
The Kalahari is a semi-arid region with an average rainfall of 150mm/5.9in in the southwest to 350mm/13.8in in the northeast. It has its winter and summer at opposite times than in Europe and North America. The park lies in a summer rainfall area and virtually all rain falls from October to April. The rains come mostly in the form of heavy thunderstorms, often accompanied by strong winds. The first rainfall transforms the park, as yellow flowers cover the red dunes. As in every desert environment, there is a strong contrast in day and night temperatures.
Dry season - May to September - Winter
The winter season continues through without any rain. The nights tend to be very cold and frost is common. Daytime is pleasant.
  • May - Winter clothing is absolutely needed for early morning. The summer season comes to a close with typical temperatures of 6°C/43°F in the morning and 25°C/77°F in the afternoon.
  • June, July & August - Again, winter clothing is needed for almost any activity scheduled for mornings when it commonly drops below freezing (average temp of 2°C/35°F ). Afternoons will be mild with clear skies, and temperatures of around 23°C/74°F.
  • September - Temperatures increase to an average of 29°C/84°F in the afternoon . Mornings are still cold, but more tolerable at an average of 7°C/44°F.
Wet season - October to April - Summer
Low humidity (although it’s the wet season) and high temperatures are characteristic of the summer season. Typical daytime temperatures range from a steady 35°C/95°F to a peak of 45°C/113°F or more. Occasional rain breaks the heat and usually comes in the form of dramatic storms, often followed by dust storms.
  • October & November - The first rains cleanse the haze from the sky. Rainfall is still low and usually only occurs in the afternoon. Temperatures are between 12°C/53°F in the morning and 32°C/90°F in the afternoon.
  • December, January & February - These are the hottest months. Temperatures average around 35°C/95°F, but peak temperatures can reach much higher. Early mornings are lovely with temperatures around 19°C/66°F. Occasional showers clear the air and damp the heat.
  • March & April - With average daytime temperatures of 31°C/88°F and nights of 13°C/55°F, the summer heat begins to wane. Rains still occur occasionally but most of it has fallen by the end of April.
January 19 35 45
February 19 34 48
March 17 32 46
April 13 29 37
May 6 25 8
June 2 22 2
July 1 22 1
August 2 25 3
September 7 29 4
October 12 31 13
November 15 33 20
December 18 35 23