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Crowned cranes in South Luangwa National Park

When is the best time to visit Zambia?

The Zambian dry season between June and November is a wonderful time to visit due to its cobalt blue skies, hot days and cool nights. Victoria Falls makes a great option to combine with a safari, but can be visited on its own when the camps are closed briefly in the wet season between January and February. This is when the 'smoke that thunders' lives up to its name.

Outside of the wettest months rain does fall, but this is compensated for by minimal crowds and top quality birdwatching.

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I love to be in Zambia on safari between July and September, when it's warm, dry and great for seeing predators. June and November are the shoulder season, so offer good rates, quiet camps and excellent game viewing.

Jennifer, Turkey Specialist

Zambia Climate Guide

Destination Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
The Kafue National Park 82°F 8" 82°F 7" 82°F 4" 84°F 1" 81°F 0" 77°F 0" 77°F 0" 82°F 0" 88°F 0" 91°F 1" 86°F 4" 84°F 9"
The Lower Zambezi National Park 88°F 7" 88°F 6" 90°F 4" 90°F 1" 86°F 0" 82°F 0" 81°F 0" 86°F 0" 93°F 0" 99°F 1" 95°F 2" 91°F 7"
Lusaka 79°F 8" 79°F 7" 79°F 3" 79°F 1" 77°F 0" 73°F 0" 73°F 0" 79°F 0" 84°F 0" 88°F 1" 84°F 4" 79°F 8"
North Luangwa National Park 86°F 9" 86°F 8" 86°F 6" 86°F 2" 84°F 0" 82°F 0" 81°F 0" 84°F 0" 91°F 0" 93°F 0" 93°F 3" 88°F 7"
South Luangwa National Park 88°F 8" 88°F 7" 88°F 5" 88°F 2" 86°F 0" 84°F 0" 84°F 0" 88°F 0" 95°F 0" 97°F 1" 97°F 3" 90°F 6"
Victoria Falls 86°F 7" 88°F 6" 88°F 3" 88°F 1" 84°F 0" 79°F 0" 79°F 0" 84°F 0" 91°F 0" 97°F 1" 93°F 3" 88°F 7"

Month-by-month guide to traveling in Zambia

Walking Safari in North Luangwa

Visiting Zambia in December

Rains fall regularly, the rivers rise and the bush gets thicker and more colorful. This is an excellent value time to travel.

Events & Festivals

  • Green Season for birdwatchers (November to May): Zambia's Green Season is great for birdwatchers and walkers, offering beautiful scenery, flocks of migratory birds and hardly any people, as well as amazing value for money. Zambia's Green Season »

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