When to travel to Zimbabwe

When to travel to Zimbabwe

High season runs from July to October, shoulder season May – June and low season between November and April. Safari areas are best between May and October.

Zimbabwe has a sub-tropical climate, with long summers and cool winters. The average temperature in the summer months is about 30 degrees Celcius, although low lying areas such as Victoria Falls, Kariba and along the Zambezi River can be significantly hotter.

Zimbabwe, the rains come principally in December, January, February and March; the further north you are, the earlier the precipitation arrives and the later it leaves. Zimbabwe’s higher eastern areas usually receive more rainfall than the lower-lying western ones.

With mild temperatures, virtually no rain and a low malaria risk, the dry May to October winter season are regarded as the best time to visit Zimbabwe for game viewing. At this time, seasonal pools of water dry up in the bush and animals come to the visible water sources such as rivers and waterholes to drink

During the wetter months of November to March animals disperse and are not so readily seen. At this time of year however many animals drop their young and nurseries of antelope are a common sight. Migrant birds arrive and birds adopt bright breeding plumage.

The peak water flow at Victoria Falls is from March to May. This can be a particularly dramatic time to see the Falls although at its peak there can be so much water cascading over the top that the spray can obscure the views somewhat – you also get wet! A flip by helicopter or micro-light is an amazing way of viewing the falls. As the dry season progresses so the water over the Falls decreases. This leads to excellent rafting conditions with rafting at its best from August to December. Rafting in limited during the high water season.

The Victoria Falls are spectacular in April and May after the rainy season, although the thick spray may obscure your view (a flip by helicopter or micro-light is an amazing way of viewing the falls). At the end of the dry season, October to December, the water levels are low and one can see the magnificent rock formation of the falls.

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