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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.

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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 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

Southern yellow-billed hornbill

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.

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