What's the best time to visiting the Kalahari desert?
In the Kalahari we only have two seasons. Hot summer season from round about October until April. First rain usually can be expected end of November. Peak rainy season are between February to April. But we do not having days with whole day raining, Normally we having on 2 to 3 days a thunder storm in the evening, until temperatures have dropping a bit, and then we ones again have sunny days until temperatures heats up again for the next thunder storm.
Temperatures between Decembers to end of March are up to 38 degrees, and it doesn’t cools down a lot during the night. But these high temperatures are not unpleasant, because there is always a pleasant breeze and not this high humid as around the equator happens.
Between May and October there is normally no rainfall. Blue sky for weeks is usual, quit warm temperatures between 18 to 22 degrees during daytime, but during the night temperatures can easily drops down to minus 7 degrees. You therefore needs warm winter clothes and important a really warm sleeping bag, for a restful sleep. This weather and temperature conditions are typically for such an arid semi desert as the Kalahari is.
There is no common answer for this question! Generally all the year!
Deepens where your priorities are:
During winter time the possibility observing animals at the human made water holes, is a little bit likelihood, because all animals must come to the water hole if they are thirsty. Therefore with a bit of luck and passion you’ll have a good change for excellent pictures. But keep in mind that the landscape will be dry and brown.
But should you prefer to see the beauty of the Kalahari after a good rainfall, the best time then is between November to March, because the scenarios of the Kalahari are spectacular. Cooper red sand dunes, covered with yellow and violet flowers, green grass, blue sky with some with clouds gives you fantastic pictures of the Magic of the Kalahari Desert. Much Antelopes having babies from approximately November on.
Therefore it is completely up to you witch season you prefer for visiting the unique Kalahari.
Climate and Temperature Table for Kalahari Desert
January: 19,6 - 35,5°C
February: 18,5 - 34,9°C
March: 16,8 - 32,5°C
April: 11,6 - 28,5°C
May: 5,5 - 22,9°C
June: 2,2 - 21,5°C
July: 1,1 - 21,8°C
August: 2,7 - 23,8°C
September: 7,3 - 28,7°C
October: 11,8 - 30,9°C
November: 15,9 - 33,5°C
December: 17,9 - 33,1°C