Extreme annual temperatures in Botswana can range from -10˚C in winter (May to August) to summer highs of 50˚C! Most safari guests from the cooler climes may be used to cold weather, but considering sleeping in canvas tents and drives in open safari cars with no central heating, the winter cold does bite!
Our first cold snap of this year started yesterday after a front arrived from the south bringing icy winds all the way from Antarctica. Botswana is a thousand metres above sea level with cloudless skies above mostly scrubby bush and grasslands that don’t contain any heat radiating after 100% sunny days. I reckon it was less that 10˚C last night and lower early this morning – extra logs on the campfire, hot coffee with Amarula liqueur, extra bed spreads and hot water bottles!!!