When to travel to Zambia

When to travel to Zambia

The best time to visit is traditionally during the winter months between June and October/November. Most safari lodges and camps take guests between April and November(with a few exceptions). The season starts after the rainy season and stretches up to when the first rains arrive in November/December.

Zambia has a sub-tropical climate and its weather is defined by a marked wet and dry season rather than summer and winter. The dry season generally runs from May to October. During the dry season temperatures range from 6-24ºC, the bush thins out and game viewing is at its best. June to August are the coolest months. Into September and October the temperatures climb in the lower-lying valleys – Lower Zambezi, Mana Pools and Luangwa Valley and can get very hot (40 degrees Celcius) in October. However, game viewing at this time is excellent as the animals concentrate around the limited water sources.

The wet season generally runs from November to March. Due to an abundance of water during the rainy season, wildlife is scattered. This time is known as the Emerald Season, because vegetation is lush, green and beautiful, but game viewing is more challenging. However, bird-watching is fantastic at this time of year – much better than during the dry season. Temperatures range from 25-35ºC. During this time, the weather can be quite variable – in one day, you can have bright sunshine and heavy downpours. The rain does not usually last long though, and the main downside of travelling to Zambia in the wet season is that many dirt roads become impassable.

The best time to visit Victoria Falls is in April and May after the rainy season – the Falls are truly spectacular at this time, although the spray may obscure your view. Towards the end of the dry season (October/November), the water levels are low and you can see the magnificent rock formations, or take a dip in the Devil’s Pool – a natural rock pool right on the edge of the falls!

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