When is the best time to visit Zimbabwe?

Zimbabwe’s Seasons: When is the best time to visit Zimbabwe?

With warm temperatures throughout most of the year, Zimbabwe is a great destination to visit at almost any time of the year. This country is a warm destination on average, with temperatures ranging between 21°C to 35°C (69°F to 95°F). As it is located in the Southern Hemisphere, summer takes place from December to March (this is the best time for bird watching in Zimbabwe) while winter (and the dry season) take place from May/June to September.

Deciding on the best time to visit Zimbabwe will depend on the kind of activities you are hoping to enjoy.

Wildlife safaris: Hwange National Park, Mana Pools and Lake Kariba

The best time to visit Zimbabwe for game viewing is between July and October during the dry season. At this time of year, smaller water sources dry up meaning that wildlife will need to congregate at larger lakes and rivers in search of water. This makes for fantastic game viewing! 

Visit Hwange National Park to experience exciting wildlife at this time. Man-made water sources are filled to help support the resident animals; these waterholes tend to attract large herds of elephants during the dry season! The best time to visit Mana Pools National Park is between June and October when the weather is milder (the park is also difficult to access during the west season with many areas actually being closed off during this time). June/July to October is also the best time to visit Lake Kariba for wildlife viewing as the animals gather around the lake in search of water.  

Victoria Falls: The best time to see and experience the falls

While the dry season is the best for wildlife spotting, the wet summer season is the best time to visit Victoria Falls. For dramatic views of the falls in full flow, visit between April and May when Victoria Falls is at its peak. Do keep in mind that the spray is incredibly intense at the time so it may block your view of the falls March and June – September are calmer months with regards to water flow, but it is a great time to visit if you are looking to appreciate the striking gorges and rocky geology complemented by a steady flow of water. This is the time of year you may get to see the famous spray rainbows! 

For those in search of adrenalin, visit Victoria Falls from August to December (during the low water season) as this is the best time to go white-water rafting. The rapids are more exposed due to the low water levels making for a heart-racing ride! 

Chat to one of our Africa travel specialists to find out more information regarding the best time to visit Zimbabwe.

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