Best Time To Visit Zambia

You have an excellent chance of seeing lots of wildlife in Zambia during the Dry season (May to October). This will fit in nicely with a visit to Victoria Falls, which is at its best from June to September. A Wet season safari (November to April) is much more challenging, as most parks and camps shut down because of heavy rain. The Mfuwe section of South Luangwa NP is an exception: you can drive its all-weather roads year-round.

1. Best Time

May to September (all parks)

2. High Season

July to October (not crowded, except Victoria Falls)

3. Low Season

November to April (the parks are very quiet; many camps close down)

4. Best Weather

April, May and September (pleasant temperatures; the short afternoon rains of April rarely affect your safari)

5. Worst Weather

October (very hot in low-altitude parks) and December to March (the wettest months)

May to October –Dry Season – Winter

1. Animals are easier to spot

2. There’s hardly any rain, the sky is clear, and there are fewer mosquitoes

3. Although it’s high season, most of the parks won’t be crowded except for Victoria Falls

4. June through September is the best time to see Victoria Falls

5. October can get very hot, especially in South Luangwa and Lower Zambezi

6. Morning game drives in winter are really cold, so bring warm clothing

November to April –Wet Season – Summer

1. The landscape is greener; plus it’s low season, which means lower rates

2. You can see newborn animals

3. This is the best time for watching birdlife, including migratory birds

4. The rain mostly falls as short showers in the late afternoon

5. Some camps in South Luangwa stay open

6. Most parks and camps close down – but Zambia’s most-popular park, South Luangwa, remains open

7. The animals are harder to find because they no longer rely on rivers and waterholes to drink

8. From October to December, Victoria Falls might just be a small stream on the Zambian side


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