The dry season, which lasts from July through October, is the best time to visit Zimbabwe. Because of the little rainfall during this time of year, vegetation is sparse and animals congregates around the few available water sources. These circumstances are ideal for spectacular safaris and game watching in Mana Pools, Hwange, and Malilangwe.
Between April and June is the best time to see the Victoria Falls in all their splendour. Summer rains fill up the Zambezi River, causing massive amounts of water to flow over the Falls.
HIGH (DRY) SEASON – July, August, September and October
|Warm and sunny weather with moderate temperatures||Nights can be particularly cold in July|
|Sunshine and blue skies||October is typically the hottest month|
|Lower Malaria risk|
|Water sources are lower. Animals tend to gather around water holes.|
SHOULDER SEASON – April, May, June and November
|February is an excellent time for bird watching||Hot and humid weather (November to March are the hottest months)|
|Heavy but short downpours||More challenging to spot wildlife|
|Localised afternoon thunderstorms||More mosquitoes about|
|Possibility of seeing new born animals||Peak wet months January and February|
LOW (WET) SEASON – December, January, February and March
|End of the wet season||Grass can be high which can impede the viewing of wildlife|
|Pleasant Temperatures||November can be very hot|
|Still chance to see animals around water holes||Nights can be very cold in June|
|Rutting season for some antelope|
When to visit Zimbabwe’s national parks and game reserves
It is true to say that there are national parks and game reserves in Botswana for every season and for every interest, making Botswana the ideal safari destination at any time of the year. The dry season draws the wildlife to congregate along the life giving waterways, and the rainy season attracts the herds to the lush new grass on the floodplains.