Tuli falls within the summer rainfall region of Southern Africa and has a semi-arid tropical climate, being on the outer edge of the Kalahari Desert. On average we have 92% rain-free days a year!
This makes Tuli a year-round destination with less of a pronounced difference between the seasons than in other parts of Botswana. In fact the ‘greener’ season, approximately November to March, is a beautiful time to come as the bush is often transformed into a floral wonderland! The Limpopo River, which forms the border between Botswana and South Africa, is dry for much of the year. When it is in spate, the border crossing at Pontdrift is undertaken by cable car.
There are different highlights at different times of year. The migrant birds arrive from November onwards and leave in March/April. December to February is the main antelope calving season with lots of youngsters trying out their wobbly legs. The bush dries and thins from May onwards and game is more dependent on the waterholes dotted across the reserve. Rain, when it comes, is really welcome and tends to fall in the form of late afternoon thunder showers at unpredictable times between October and May. The word for rain in the local language Setswana is ‘pula’, and it is no coincidence that this is also the name for the country’s currency and the word used to mean ‘hurray!’.
Average temperatures are January: 24ºC to 37ºC; February: 23ºC to 40ºC; March: 21ºC to 35ºC; April: 18ºC to 30ºC; May: 12ºC to 31ºC; June: 9ºC to 30ºC; July: 8ºC to 29ºC; August: 13ºC to 31ºC; September: 16ºC to 36ºC; October: 19ºC to 39ºC; November: 22ºC to 37ºC; December: 20ºC to 33ºC.