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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.

Harriet, Southern Africa Specialist

Zambia Climate Guide

Destination Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
The Kafue National Park 28°C 210mm 28°C 183mm 28°C 105mm 29°C 25mm 27°C 3mm 25°C 0mm 25°C 0mm 28°C 0mm 31°C 3mm 33°C 27mm 30°C 100mm 29°C 225mm
The Lower Zambezi National Park 31°C 184mm 31°C 160mm 32°C 91mm 32°C 23mm 30°C 2mm 28°C 0mm 27°C 0mm 30°C 0mm 34°C 1mm 37°C 13mm 35°C 54mm 33°C 182mm
Lusaka 26°C 214mm 26°C 183mm 26°C 88mm 26°C 28mm 25°C 4mm 23°C 0mm 23°C 0mm 26°C 0mm 29°C 2mm 31°C 17mm 29°C 92mm 26°C 204mm
North Luangwa National Park 30°C 218mm 30°C 193mm 30°C 156mm 30°C 49mm 29°C 5mm 28°C 1mm 27°C 0mm 29°C 0mm 33°C 1mm 34°C 8mm 34°C 77mm 31°C 187mm
South Luangwa National Park 31°C 209mm 31°C 179mm 31°C 131mm 31°C 47mm 30°C 3mm 29°C 0mm 29°C 0mm 31°C 0mm 35°C 0mm 36°C 15mm 36°C 84mm 32°C 162mm
Victoria Falls 30°C 175mm 31°C 146mm 31°C 80mm 31°C 21mm 29°C 4mm 26°C 1mm 26°C 0mm 29°C 0mm 33°C 2mm 36°C 20mm 34°C 71mm 31°C 171mm

Month-by-month guide to travelling in Zambia

The Victoria Falls, Zambia

Visiting Zambia in January

January is a good time to see Victoria Falls, but is very wet elsewhere and most camps are closed.

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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