Weather & Climate – Zambezi Region (Caprivi Strip)

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 Zambezi Region

Climate Chart Zambezi Region – 900-1,100m / 2,953-3,609ft

* 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 Zambezi Region (formerly Caprivi Strip) has a hot climate. Rain usually falls in the form of heavy thunderstorms. There is a Wet season, which coincides with the summer months of November to April. During the dry winter months, from May to October, there is virtually no rain at all and it gets very cold in the morning.

Dry season May to October – Winter

These are the coolest months and there is almost no rain at all. It gets drier as the winter progresses.

  • May, June, July & August – It is usually sunny and totally dry. These are the coolest months and the average afternoon temperature is 27°C/80°F. It is cold in the early morning, around 8°C/47°F. Warm clothing for early morning wildlife drives is necessary.
  • September & October – Temperatures are increasing. October is the hottest month with afternoon temperatures of 35°C/95°F and much higher peaks. Early mornings are less cold, around 15°C/59°F. The rains usually start towards the end of October or early November.

Wet season November to April – Summer

The Wet season falls in the hot summer months but rainfall isn’t very high. Afternoon thunderstorms can be expected on some days. It is mostly sunny and hot. Early mornings are mild.

  • November & December – The rains usually start late October or early November. It is still mostly dry, but you can expect the occasional thundershower which brings relief from the long, dry winter. Afternoon temperatures are around 32°C/90°F.
  • January, February & March – January and February are the wettest months. Afternoon thunderstorms are common, but it is mostly sunny during the day. It usually cools down after rain and average daytime temperatures are around 31°C/88°F.
  • April – Rain decreases rapidly in April and there are less and less days with precipitation. Temperatures start to drop slowly.

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