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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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Zimbabwe Climate Guide

Destination Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
Bulawayo 81°F 5" 81°F 4" 79°F 2" 79°F 1" 75°F 0" 70°F 0" 70°F 0" 75°F 0" 82°F 0" 84°F 1" 82°F 3" 81°F 5"
Gonarezhou National Park 91°F 5" 90°F 4" 88°F 2" 86°F 1" 82°F 0" 79°F 0" 79°F 0" 82°F 0" 88°F 0" 90°F 1" 91°F 3" 91°F 4"
Harare 79°F 8" 77°F 7" 79°F 4" 77°F 1" 73°F 0" 70°F 0" 70°F 0" 75°F 0" 81°F 0" 84°F 1" 81°F 4" 79°F 7"
Hwange National Park 84°F 6" 84°F 5" 84°F 2" 84°F 1" 81°F 0" 77°F 0" 77°F 0" 82°F 0" 90°F 0" 93°F 1" 90°F 3" 86°F 5"
Lake Kariba 88°F 7" 88°F 7" 90°F 4" 90°F 1" 88°F 0" 84°F 0" 84°F 0" 88°F 0" 95°F 0" 99°F 1" 93°F 3" 90°F 7"
Victoria Falls 88°F 7" 88°F 5" 88°F 3" 88°F 1" 84°F 0" 79°F 0" 79°F 0" 84°F 0" 91°F 0" 95°F 1" 93°F 3" 90°F 7"

Month-by-month guide to traveling in Zimbabwe

Young lion in Hwange

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.

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