Zambia can be easily split into two seasons: the dry season which runs from May to October and the rainy season which runs from November to April with the wettest months being January and February. Unlike the camps, Victoria Falls can be visited all year round and makes the perfect addition to a safari.
The Best Time to Visit Zambia
We recommend that visiting Zambia is best during the winter months (British summer) when the weather is dry and not too hot. The weather is great and game viewing is a lot easier. During October the temperatures and humidity levels rise substantially. The summer season (British winter) usually starts in November/December indicating the start of the rains. The result is a bloom of vibrant colours and lush vegetation that eradicates the parched landscape. Zambia's singular rainy season extends until the end of May and it's usually at its optimum by mid-January.
The Best Time to go on Safari in Zambia
Game viewing is at its most dramatic in October when it's very dry and hot in the valley. This is the very end of the dry season when the vegetation is at its lowest and the animals become more concentrated around their limited water sources. The predator-prey interactions are stunning and game is generally easier to find. A lot of the camps in Zambia are closed from the 1st December right through until mid-May on an annual basis. This is due to the roads being impassable because of the heavy rains, however this is fast becoming a more popular time to visit to the camps that are open. At this time of year the park is quieter, greener and the river is brimming to its fullest. It's an extremely popular time of year to come for seasoned safari-goers looking for something different. Keen photographers and bird watchers also love this time of year because of the extremely vibrant colours and the migratory bird species that occur. We also dismiss the rumour that the game disappears and it rains all the time - this is just not the case!