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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 in Zambia

262628262523232629312927

Min Temp Night in Zambia

17171615111091114181717

Hours of Sunshine in Zambia

66799991010986

Hours of Daylight in Zambia

131312121111111212121313

Number Rainy Days in Zambia

1716103000002817

Rainfall in Zambia

2161808530400011690199

Kafue

NumberNRainyNDays Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec

Max Temp Day in Kafue

282929292826262932333129

Min Temp Night in Kafue

1818171410771014171718

Hours of Sunshine in Kafue

5679999109876

Hours of Daylight in Kafue

131312121111111212121313

Number Rainy Days in Kafue

21271340000041320

Rainfall in Kafue

228202138353000232123238

Lower Zambezi

NumberNRainyNDays Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec

Max Temp Day in Lower Zambezi

313131312927272933353432

Min Temp Night in Lower Zambezi

222121191512121419232322

Hours of Sunshine in Lower Zambezi

77891091010101086

Hours of Daylight in Lower Zambezi

131312121111111212121313

Number Rainy Days in Lower Zambezi

161494100002815

Rainfall in Lower Zambezi

19515611732500001572188

Livingstone & Victoria Falls

NumberNRainyNDays Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec

Max Temp Day in Livingstone & Victoria Falls

313031302826262933343331

Min Temp Night in Livingstone & Victoria Falls

2019181611871015192020

Hours of Sunshine in Livingstone & Victoria Falls

7789109101010987

Hours of Daylight in Livingstone & Victoria Falls

131312121111111212131313

Number Rainy Days in Livingstone & Victoria Falls

15131830000031015

Rainfall in Livingstone & Victoria Falls

1711407620300012064163

South Luangwa

NumberNRainyNDays Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec

Max Temp Day in South Luangwa

313131313029293134363532

Min Temp Night in South Luangwa

202020181411111316202121

Hours of Sunshine in South Luangwa

66789991010986

Hours of Daylight in South Luangwa

131312121211111212121313

Number Rainy Days in South Luangwa

1916135000001618

Rainfall in South Luangwa

21718312746400001481172

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