Weather & Climate – Tsau //Khaeb (Sperrgebiet)

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 Tsau //Khaeb National Park

Climate Chart Tsau //Khaeb National Park – -19-1,282m / -62-4,206ft

* 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.

Tsau //Khaeb (formerly Sperrgebiet NP) has a warm and dry climate. It is mostly sunny and there is minimal rainfall.

The altitude in the park varies widely, from below sea level to 1,282m (-62 to 4,206ft). Temperatures drop by about 6.5°C for every increase of 1,000m (or 3.5°F per 1,000ft), resulting in wide-ranging contrasts in climate within the park. Most tourism is at lower altitude and those areas get hotter than the averages shown in the chart above.

Winter May to October

The coolest time of year brings very little rainfall.

  • May, June, July & August – Abundant sun goes hand-in-hand with the dry conditions. Afternoon temperatures average approximately 22°C/72°F. It will get much hotter in lower altitude areas. It is cold in the early morning (bring warm winter clothes!) with temperatures averaging 6°C/43°F.
  • September & October – The dry, sunny conditions continue as winter comes to an end. Average temperatures increase to 24°C/75°F and are higher at lower altitude. Early mornings are warmer, but still chilly, with average temperatures of around 9°C/48°F.

Summer November to April

These are the warm, summer months. Rainfall increases slightly from February to April and peaks in March. Early mornings are less bitter than during the winter months and temperatures range up to about 13°C/55°F.

  • November, December & January – It is still very dry and temperatures increase to an average of 28°C/82F during most afternoons. It will get a great deal warmer at lower altitude areas, where most visitors go.
  • February, March & April – These are the only months when good rainfall might occur. It is still mostly dry and sunny. Occasional afternoon storms can be expected. It usually cools down after rain and average daytime temperatures are around 26°C/79F.

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