Best Time to Visit Zambia

Knowing the best time to visit Zambia is key. Generally speaking, June – September is the dry season, meaning little to no rain, warmer day temperatures and great game viewing. No matter when you travel, temperatures are sure to drop at night and early mornings so be sure to bring a warm fleece.

Best time to visit

As you creep into October, temperatures can be extremely high. This can provide some amazing game viewing but for many people, it is unbearably hot. Be sure to let us know your comfort level with heat if you are thinking of travelling during this time. From around November – May, many of the camps will be closed due to the heavy rains and black cotton soil, making it impossible to drive. However, there are some camps that are still open during this “Emerald Season,” and it can be an incredible time to see the country if you are interested in birding or looking for a fantastic cost savings. Victoria Falls is a bit different than the rest of the country as it is open year-round. However, time of year does affect the flow of water. There is no bad time to see Victoria Falls: with lower water levels you have more chances to do water activities and with higher water levels, you will have a more dramatic view of the Falls. Due to natural construct of the river, the Zambian side of the falls always has less water than the Zimbabwean side, but you can easily have access to viewing from both sides.

Climate guide for Zambia

, Zambia

Average temperatures (Celcious) and rainfall (mm)

Jan
86°F 21mm
Feb
87°F 23mm
Mar
86°F 12mm
Apr
85°F 6mm
May
84°F 0mm
Jun
82°F 0mm
Jul
84°F 0mm
Aug
90°F 0mm
Sep
96°F 0mm
Oct
98°F 1mm
Nov
95°F 7mm
Dec
90°F 16mm
Jan
86°F 21mm
Feb
87°F 23mm
Mar
86°F 12mm
Apr
85°F 6mm
May
84°F 0mm
Jun
82°F 0mm
Jul
84°F 0mm
Aug
90°F 0mm
Sep
96°F 0mm
Oct
98°F 1mm
Nov
95°F 7mm
Dec
90°F 16mm
Jan
85°F 23mm
Feb
86°F 26mm
Mar
84°F 15mm
Apr
82°F 4mm
May
82°F 1mm
Jun
79°F 1mm
Jul
80°F 1mm
Aug
85°F 0mm
Sep
88°F 0mm
Oct
91°F 2mm
Nov
92°F 4mm
Dec
85°F 13mm
Jan
86°F 21mm
Feb
87°F 23mm
Mar
86°F 12mm
Apr
85°F 6mm
May
84°F 0mm
Jun
82°F 0mm
Jul
84°F 0mm
Aug
90°F 0mm
Sep
96°F 0mm
Oct
98°F 1mm
Nov
95°F 7mm
Dec
90°F 16mm
Jan
93°F 16mm
Feb
92°F 20mm
Mar
93°F 11mm
Apr
92°F 6mm
May
88°F 0mm
Jun
86°F 0mm
Jul
86°F 0mm
Aug
94°F 0mm
Sep
101°F 0mm
Oct
102°F 1mm
Nov
102°F 6mm
Dec
97°F 11mm
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