Weather & Climate – Mokolodi NR

Anthony Ham
Expert
By Anthony Ham

Anthony is a renowned Africa expert and author of many Lonely Planet guidebooks, including the 'Botswana & Namibia' guide.

Anthony is a renowned Africa expert and author of the 'Botswana & Namibia' Lonely Planet guide.

Anthony is the author of the 'Botswana & Namibia' Lonely Planet guide.

Climate Chart Mokolodi Nature Reserve

Climate Chart Mokolodi Nature Reserve – 1,020-1,306m / 3,346-4,285ft

* 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.

Mokolodi has a hot, semi-arid climate. The summers are hot, but the nights are cool. During winter, days are still warm, but nights are cold. Rainfall is erratic, but most of the precipitation falls in the summer months, between October and April.

Dry season May to September – Winter

In general, winters have little to no rainfall, and the humidity is low. The days are pleasant and the nights are cold.

  • May – Temperatures of 12°C/54°F in the morning and 23°C/73°F in the afternoon marks the end of summer.
  • June, July & August – The average minimum temperature is 8°C/47°F, so nights and early mornings are chilly. The middle of the day is nice and clear, with agreeable temperatures hovering around 22°C/72°F.
  • September – A lovely time of year with afternoon temperatures of around 27°C/81°F, and warmer mornings of around 15°C/59°F. Ideal conditions for wildlife watching.

Wet season October to April – Summer

It gets very hot in summer, but the humidity level is quite low, which makes it more tolerable. Although this is the Wet season, it seldom rains all day, but storms in the afternoon are frequent events.

  • October & November – Afternoon rain is more common as summer progresses, clearing the hazy skies. Temperatures hover between 19°C/66°F in the morning and 30°C/86°F in the afternoon.
  • December, January & February – These are the wettest months, and it often rains in the afternoon or the evening. The rain usually passes quite quickly though. Daytime temperatures are typically around 30°C/86°F.
  • March & April – A cooling trend develops, and the rains gradually disappear. April is sunny, and daytime temperatures average 26°C/79°F. Nights are mild, with temperatures of about 16°C/61°F.

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