When is the best time to visit Zimbabwe?
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.
Tony, Africa Safari Specialist
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.
Zimbabwe Climate Guide
|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 travelling in Zimbabwe
- November - February Nov - Feb
- March Mar
- April - May Apr - May
- June - July Jun - Jul
- August - September Aug - Sep
- October Oct
Visiting Zimbabwe in November - February
The days are warm, with potential rain in the afternoons, but this can clear as fast as it arrives. The country will be quiet, and this is one of the best times to head out with expert guides to view the resident and migratory bird species - some lodges guarantee 50 species before breakfast.
Visiting Zimbabwe in March
Water levels at Victoria Falls are at the perfect level to see the gorges and geology of the area, and the famous spray rainbows are in evidence too. Combine this with the rocky outcrops in the Matopos region for an immersion into colonial and ancient culture.
Visiting Zimbabwe in April - May
April heralds the re-opening of Mana Pools, a World Heritage national park particularly famous for walking safaris. The days feel fresher and brighter throughout April and May as the seasonal rains end, and the landscape is looking lush and green.
Visiting Zimbabwe in June - July
The weather turns colder at night as the winter sets in - take plenty of layers as temperatures can get down to freezing. June marks the return of the wildlife to pumped waterholes in Hwange and this is the perfect time for photographers to explore the sunken hides for wildlife viewing from a different angle before the parks get busier over the holiday period.
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 »
Visiting Zimbabwe in October
The days are heating up, with temperatures reaching the late 30°Cs and early 40°Cs. Wildlife sightings are also at their peak as the dry season ends.
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