Weather & Climate – Selinda

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 Selinda Concession

Climate Chart Selinda Concession – 934-1024m / 3,064-3,360ft

* 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.

Selinda Concession has a warm to hot climate, and there is a distinct Dry and Wet season in the park. The Dry season is cooler with almost no rainfall, while the Wet season is represented by heat and storms.

Dry season April to October

The last rain falls in April. Temperatures are coolest during June and July, but start to rise in August and peak in October. Early mornings in June, July and August can be very cold, so remember to bring warm clothing.

  • April & May – There is plenty of sunshine around and not much rain at the beginning of the Dry season. The bush is green and thick. It is very warm in the middle of the afternoon, with temperatures up around 29°C/84°F.
  • June, July & August – Rainfall is virtually nonexistent. This is the most pleasant time of year during the day, with temperatures reaching up to 26°C/79°F, on average. Early mornings are very chilly though at about 7°C/45°F.
  • September & October – The Dry season is coming to a close. The temperature is building before the rains arrive. October is very hot with afternoon temperatures averaging about 35°C/95°F. Nights and mornings are better for being outside.

Wet season November to March

It cools down as soon as the first rains arrive, bringing relief as the dust settles. Afternoon thunderstorms and short showers are the pattern. It remains hot all season with daytime temperatures hovering around 31°C/88°F. Mornings are cooler.

  • November & December – It is hot and mostly sunny. It rains intermittently, but it comes as a relief as temperatures usually build up beforehand and cool off afterward. Early mornings are lovely, with average temperatures of about 19°C/65°F.
  • January & February – These are the wettest months. The afternoons are distinguished by strong storms bringing plenty of rain, but they are usually over in a few hours.
  • March – It still rains every couple of days, although overall rainfall diminishes in March. When it does rain, a thunderstorm is common. Mornings are getting slightly cooler at 18°C/64°F.

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