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.
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
|Kafue and western Zambia||22°C 176mm||23°C 120mm||24°C 15mm||22°C 118mm||19°C 0mm||16°C 0mm||16°C 0mm||20°C 0mm||22°C 0mm||26°C 0mm||26°C 86mm||24°C 86mm|
|Lower Zambezi||22°C 0mm||23°C 31mm||22°C 129mm||22°C 21mm||20°C 0mm||18°C 0mm||18°C 0mm||21°C 236mm||22°C 0mm||25°C 18mm||26°C 2mm||23°C 22mm|
|Lusaka and central Zambia||22°C 154mm||23°C 110mm||24°C 11mm||22°C 102mm||19°C 0mm||16°C 0mm||16°C 0mm||20°C 0mm||22°C 0mm||26°C 0mm||26°C 56mm||24°C 89mm|
|Victoria Falls - the Zambia side||20°C 373mm||20°C 44mm||21°C 8mm||21°C 13mm||20°C 1mm||14°C 0mm||14°C 0mm||22°C 0mm||25°C 0mm||26°C 1mm||26°C 67mm||23°C 115mm|