​Weather & Climate – Northern Tuli GR

Anthony Ham
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 Northern Tuli Game Reserve

Climate Chart Northern Tuli Game Reserve – 517-677m / 1,696-2,221ft

* 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.

The climate in Northern Tuli Game Reserve is semi-arid. Rainfall is little and unpredictable, measuring 300mm to 350mm/11.8in to 13.8in annually and restricted almost entirely to the summer months, from October to April. Summers tend to be hot, while winters are mild.

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Dry Season May to September – Winter

Temperatures are mild, and conditions are dry during winter. It is advisable to bring a warm jacket for early game drives, as it does get chilly in the morning.

  • May – It cools down considerably during May, with summer coming to an end. Mild temperatures range between 9°C/48°F in the morning and 27°C/81°F in the daytime.
  • June, July & August – During the coldest months of the year, chilly mornings are common. The temperature falls to about 6°C/43°F during the night, from an average daily high of 26°C/79°F.
  • September – The end of the Dry season is lovely, with rising temperatures making early morning game drives more comfortable. Temperatures hover around 13°C/55°F in the morning and then increase to 31°C/88°F in the afternoon.

Wet Season October to April – Summer

Conditions during summer are very hot. Fortunately, the humidity is fairly low. Rain is usually a welcome relief. Afternoon showers are common, but it rarely rains all day. Temperatures are at their most brutal before the rain breaks the heat.

  • October & November – After months of dry heat, the first rains are a relief. Temperatures vary between 18°C/64°F in the morning and 33°C/91°F in the afternoon.
  • December, January & February – An extremely hot time of year. The average temperature is 33°C/91°F, but it often peaks much higher (around 45°C/113°F). Early morning is the best time of day with temperatures about 20°C/68°F. The occasional thunderstorm brings relief.
  • March & April – It is cooling down with milder temperatures of around 31°C/88°F in the afternoon. At 17°C/63°F, the mornings are still pleasant. There is a bit of rainfall, but conditions are mostly dry.

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