When To Go To Zambia

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!

Zambia

NumberNRainyNDays Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
Max Temp Day Time (°C) 262628262523232629312927
Min Temp Night Time (°C) 17171615111091114181717
Hours of Sunshine Hrs 66799991010986
Hours of Daylight Hrs 131312121111111212121313
Number Rainy Days 1716103000002817
Rainfall (mm) 2161808530400011690199

Kafue

NumberNRainyNDays Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
Max Temp Day Time (°C) 282929292826262932333129
Min Temp Night Time (°C) 1818171410771014171718
Hours of Sunshine Hrs 5679999109876
Hours of Daylight Hrs 131312121111111212121313
Number Rainy Days 21271340000041320
Rainfall (mm) 228202138353000232123238

Lower Zambezi

NumberNRainyNDays Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
Max Temp Day Time (°C) 313131312927272933353432
Min Temp Night Time (°C) 222121191512121419232322
Hours of Sunshine Hrs 77891091010101086
Hours of Daylight Hrs 131312121111111212121313
Number Rainy Days 161494100002815
Rainfall (mm) 19515611732500001572188

Livingstone & Victoria Falls

NumberNRainyNDays Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
Max Temp Day Time (°C) 313031302826262933343331
Min Temp Night Time (°C) 2019181611871015192020
Hours of Sunshine Hrs 7789109101010987
Hours of Daylight Hrs 131312121111111212131313
Number Rainy Days 15131830000031015
Rainfall (mm) 1711407620300012064163

South Luangwa

NumberNRainyNDays Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
Max Temp Day Time (°C) 313131313029293134363532
Min Temp Night Time (°C) 202020181411111316202121
Hours of Sunshine Hrs 66789991010986
Hours of Daylight Hrs 131312121211111212121313
Number Rainy Days 1916135000001618
Rainfall (mm) 21718312746400001481172

TALK TO ONE OF OUR EXPERTS


Call
Email
Chat




itineraries


Although we tailor-make all our trips we have reproduced a number of popular itineraries here

learn more

Map of Zambia

Map of Zambia Zambia - South Luangwa Zambia - North Luangwa Zambia - Lower Zambezi Zambia - Kafue Zambia - Livingstone Victoria Falls Zambia - Liuwa Plains Zambia - Lake Malawi
Odyssey Travels Tanzania Odyssey Asia Odyssey South America Odyssey