When to Visit Zambia

Zambia is known for having three distinctive weather seasons. Each season will impact on your safari experience in different ways, so it pays to check when the best time to visit will be for you.


Zambia's Seasons

Cool and Dry

The cool and dry season in Zambia is from May to August. The temperature varies from around 14 to 26 degrees Celsius during the day and from 10 to 25 degrees Celsius at night. The rivers and water sources tend to recede and game viewing improves steadily at this time, and many of the roads in the remote areas are only passable during this dry spell. This is a great time to go on safari in Zambia, although visitor numbers do increase through July and August. This is the best time to visit the Victoria Falls, as there is plenty of water flowing but not too much to obscure your views!

Hot and Dry

From September to November the second season is hot and dry. The game is quite concentrated to a few areas as the water sources are becoming very dry. If you can handle the heat, then this is a great time to come for game viewing. The temperature reaches the mid 40 degrees Celsius. The lack of water means the Victoria Falls are not as good a sight at this time of year, although it is possible to see the Falls from the Zimbabwe side, where the flow is better even at this time of year.

Wet Season

The final weather change comes between December and April, this being known as the wet season (emerald season). The onset of the rains makes the remote areas very difficult to explore and many seasonal camps are closed. Migrating birds come to Zambia at this time of the year, which makes the wet season great for birdwatchers. A few permanent lodges offer green season safaris at exceptional rates, and most lodges offer shoulder season rates in March and April, meaning this is a good time to visit if you are looking for the best value for money.


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