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When To Go To Zimbabwe

Like most of Southern Africa, Zimbabwe has two distinct seasons, a dry winter and a wet summer. The best time to visit is during Zimbabwe's winter months (British summer) when the weather is not too hot and humidity is at its lowest. After August, the temperature and humidity start to rise rapidly, the rain also start to begin in late November or at the beginning of December.
 

The Best Time to go to Zimbabwe

 
There is only one rainy season which lasts for about four months starting in December and ending in March. During this time the weather is wetter yet the rain normally falls in short afternoon showers. Due to the weather at that time of year, you will generally see lower rates at camps and fewer visitors. Some parks do close for parts of the rainy season. If you are after fantastic views of Victoria Falls then April to June is when it is in full flow and provides a brilliant spectacle. The peak months, again mirroring other parts of Southern Africa, are July, August, September and October as this is when game viewing is at its best. June, July and August are when temperatures are generally at their lowest, especially at night whereas during September and October the temperatures become extremely hot and dry with temperatures pushing into the late thirties.
 
 

The Best Time to go on Safari in Zimbabwe

 
Typically, it is the dry season when we would recommend going on safari in Zimbabwe. Between May and October the vegetation starts to thin out and water becomes limited. This consequently means that game congregates nearer to waterholes and game is generally easier to spot. Although November to March is seen as off-peak, the parks are covered in vibrant and lush vegetation and when coupled with low visitor numbers and the rich variety in colourful flora, it is seen as a photographers dream.  

Zimbabwe

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

Max Temp Day in Zimbabwe

262626252322212427292826

Min Temp Night in Zimbabwe

16161412865710131516

Hours of Sunshine in Zimbabwe

76789991010986

Hours of Daylight in Zimbabwe

131312121111111212131313

Number Rainy Days in Zimbabwe

17151162111151116

Rainfall in Zimbabwe

209181116448222638100179

Victoria Falls

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

Max Temp Day in Victoria Falls

313031302826262933343331

Min Temp Night in Victoria Falls

2019181611871015192020

Hours of Sunshine in Victoria Falls

7789109101010987

Hours of Daylight in Victoria Falls

131312121111111212131313

Number Rainy Days in Victoria Falls

15131830000031015

Rainfall in Victoria Falls

1711407620300012064163

Lake Kariba

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

Max Temp Day in Lake Kariba

313131312927272933353432

Min Temp Night in Lake Kariba

222121191512121419232422

Hours of Sunshine in Lake Kariba

77891091010101086

Hours of Daylight in Lake Kariba

131312121111111212121313

Number Rainy Days in Lake Kariba

161494100002815

Rainfall in Lake Kariba

19515712233500001573187

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