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Best Time to Do a Zimbabwe Safari

At a Glance:
  • Best time: May-September
  • Best weather: April-May, September
  • Worst weather: October-February
  • High season: July-October
  • Low Season: November-April

With temperatures ranging from warm to hot, there’s really never a bad time to do a Zimbabwe safari, but if you want to avoid afternoon rain showers, spot animals easily, and stay away from occasionally uncomfortable humidity, then shoot for the dry winter season from April through October. If you travel in the wet summer season from November through March, you may find lower rates, but you will also discover that it might be harder to spot wildlife and the weather isn’t always on your side. 

The most popular time to do a Zimbabwe safari is undoubted during the dry season when the animals gather around the watering holes and less vegetation makes spotting them easy. This doesn’t only make spotting them easy, this also makes it extremely easy to predict where they’ll be, giving the safari guides a further advantage when trying to predict the animals’ whereabouts in their parks. Another advantage of traveling during this time is long dry days with fewer mosquitoes. Travelers should be prepared for cold nights and mornings that require warm winter clothing for the open-air game drives. During the day, it does generally fluctuate between 60℉-85℉ (15.6℃-29.4℃) so be sure to dress in layers that are easy to remove.

Ironically, though the Zambezi River is at its peak from March-May, it isn’t actually a great time to visit Victoria Falls due to the large mist that almost entirely obscures your view of the Falls. October through December are also bad months to visit Victoria Falls for the opposite reason - the Zambezi River is at its lowest point and the water volume of the Falls is at its lowest point in the year. Between June and August is the ideal time to visit the falls (right in the middle of the dry season) because there’s plenty of water flowing, little rain, relatively stable temperatures, and if you choose to go wildlife viewing this is in the best season for that. 

In the wet summer season, temperatures heat up and bring the rains starting in October when the low-lying areas might get well over 90°F/32°C during the day. There are also short afternoon rain showers, but these usually don’t impact your safari. Do be warned that it’s possible for some rains to last for days, which could put a damper on your trip. The upside to traveling during this season is the lush green vegetation, lower prices, excellent bird watching, and amazing photo opportunities. Another unique sight to see during this season is the birthing of newborn animals. Since it’s the birthing season you’re a lot more likely to see some predator action on the safari.

Best Time to Visit Hwange National Park: June-October 

Best Time to Visit Victoria Falls: June-August

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