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Game viewing in Zimbabwe is at its peak between July and October, when the natural waterholes in the parks dry up and huge herds congregate at the lakes, man-made waterholes and rivers. However, travel from November through to March rewards those wanting to get off the beaten track and explore the country's rich cultural history, while birders in particular will be delighted by the presence of migratory birds. Meanwhile, April to June provides great value and fantastic views of Victoria Falls in full flow can be enjoyed.

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Many people choose to travel in the peak season, but for those who don't mind hotter days, the beginning of November offers fantastic value and a full-on wildlife experience.

Tony, Africa Safari Specialist

Zimbabwe Climate Guide

Destination Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
Bulawayo 27°C 127mm 27°C 107mm 26°C 59mm 26°C 26mm 24°C 7mm 21°C 2mm 21°C 0mm 24°C 1mm 28°C 6mm 29°C 29mm 28°C 88mm 27°C 129mm
Gonarezhou National Park 33°C 117mm 32°C 108mm 31°C 54mm 30°C 30mm 28°C 8mm 26°C 10mm 26°C 3mm 28°C 4mm 31°C 11mm 32°C 24mm 33°C 74mm 33°C 110mm
Harare 26°C 196mm 25°C 169mm 26°C 96mm 25°C 38mm 23°C 10mm 21°C 4mm 21°C 1mm 24°C 2mm 27°C 6mm 29°C 32mm 27°C 96mm 26°C 182mm
Hwange National Park 29°C 143mm 29°C 116mm 29°C 57mm 29°C 27mm 27°C 4mm 25°C 1mm 25°C 0mm 28°C 0mm 32°C 3mm 34°C 18mm 32°C 64mm 30°C 123mm
Lake Kariba 31°C 185mm 31°C 174mm 32°C 94mm 32°C 27mm 31°C 6mm 29°C 1mm 29°C 0mm 31°C 1mm 35°C 0mm 37°C 14mm 34°C 64mm 32°C 179mm
Victoria Falls 31°C 170mm 31°C 139mm 31°C 79mm 31°C 21mm 29°C 4mm 26°C 1mm 26°C 0mm 29°C 0mm 33°C 2mm 35°C 19mm 34°C 68mm 32°C 167mm

Month-by-month guide to traveling in Zimbabwe

Hwange National Park, Zimbabwe

Visiting Zimbabwe in August - September

The days are bright and clear, with barely a cloud in the sky. Temperatures fall at night, and sightings are continuous. Though the camps are likely to be full, the majority are on private concessions so you still get exclusivity and no crowds.

Events & Festivals

  • Annual game count in Hwange National Park (September): Join the park rangers as they stake out the waterholes to check the animal numbers passing through - fantastic wildlife sightings and an interesting insight into the life of a Hwange ranger. Read more »

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