Weather & Climate – Eswatini (Swaziland)
Climate Chart Big Bend – 108m / 354ft
Eswatini (formerly Swaziland) has a lovely, warm climate with plenty of sunny, dry days. The east of the country, where most of the parks are located, is at low altitude; summers are hot and winters are mild. The west of the country is at higher altitude; it is cooler here and there is more rain.
Eswatini experiences winter and summer at opposite times as compared to Europe and North America. Winter and summer correspond to the Dry and Wet seasons respectively.
Big Bend’s Climate Compared to Eswatini’s Parks
Big Bend is located in the Lowveld area of Eswatini near, and on the same altitude, as the main Lowveld parks in the country – namely Hlane and Mkhaya. Mlilwane Wildlife Sanctuary has a slightly higher altitude and is therefore a little cooler. It also receives more rain. Malolotja is located in the highlands and gets quite cold in the winter months, from May to September.
Dry Season –May to September – Winter
There is virtually no rainfall during the whole winter and humidity is very low. When water becomes scarce, wildlife will gather around predictable water sources.
Dry Season Photos
Wet Season –October to April – Summer
The summer rains are usually in the form of afternoon storms and it can be uncomfortably hot, with temperatures up to 32°C/90°F with high humidity.